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About the Movie
Moneyball is an inspirational movie where Billy Beane’s (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A’s shows success doesn’t always come from one way of measuring outcomes. He finds him in deep water when a very tight budget has given him to win the baseball World Series. He understands that the Baseball’s conventional wisdom is all wrong. But he didn’t give up. He researched and recruits bargain-bin players who have game-winning potential but labelled as flawed. Together with the help of Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane prepares to challenge old-school traditions.
The movie released in September 19, 2011 (USA). It made 110.2 million USD in the box office.
The beauty of Moneyball lies in being able to transcend itself to a universal drama of collective redemption. Moneyball is studded with diamonds in more than one way. Full review
Except for a final scene that verges on maudlin (but is admittedly still quite sweet), “Moneyball” is pretty much a perfect baseball movie.Full review
- Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
Brad Pitt steps into the cleats of Billy Beane, a failed baseball player looking for redemption as an Oakland A’s manager who adopts a controversial mathematical system to choose his players. Full review
Adam R. Holz
You don’t need to understand anything of baseball to get behind this, a chest-swelling story about second chances and flipping a finger up (even a giant foam one) to The Man. Full review
Notable Moments of the movie Moneyball – Watch Here Now!
What is the problem?
Best scene from Moneyball
Science vs scouts
Peter Grant elaborates on baseball’s medieval thinking
Billy Beane: Would you rather get one shot in the head or five in the chest and bleed to death?
Peter Brand: Are those my only two options?
Billy Beane: When your enemy’s making mistakes, don’t interrupt him.
Billy Beane: You get on base, we win. You don’t, we lose. And I *hate* losing, Chavy. I *hate* it. I hate losing more than I even wanna win.
Scout Barry: We’re all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children’s game, we just don’t… don’t know when that’s gonna be. Some of us are told at eighteen, some of us are told at forty, but we’re all told.
Billy Beane: How can you not get romantic about baseball?
Billy Beane: I pay you to get on first, not get thrown out at second.
Peter Brand: Billy, this is Chad Bradford. He’s a relief pitcher. He is one of the most undervalued players in baseball. His defect is that he throws funny. Nobody in the big leagues cares about him, because he looks funny. This guy could be not just the best pitcher in our bullpen, but one of the most effective relief pitchers in all of baseball. This guy should cost $3 million a year. We can get him for $237,000.
Billy Beane: If you lose the last game of the season, nobody gives a shit.
Billy Beane: [having declined a $12.5 million offer to GM the Red Sox] I made one decision in my life based on money. And I swore I would never do it again.
[Billy’s scouts are dismissive of Scott Hatteberg because he walks a lot]
Billy Beane: He gets on base a lot. Do I care if it’s a walk or a hit?
Peter Brand: It’s about getting things down to one number. Using the stats the way we read them, we’ll find value in players that no one else can see. People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws. Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and mathematics cut straight through that. Billy, of the 20,000 notable players for us to consider, I believe that there is a championship team of twenty-five people that we can afford, because everyone else in baseball undervalues them.
Billy Beane: [during a meeting with his scouts] If we try to play like the Yankees in here, we will lose to the Yankees out there.
Billy Beane: You think losing is fun?
Peter Brand: It’s about getting things down to one number. Using stats to reread them, we’ll find the value of players that nobody else can see. People are over looked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws. Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and mathematics cuts straight through that. Billy, of the twenty thousand knowable players for us to consider, I believe that there is a championship team of twenty five people that we can afford. Because everyone else in baseball under values them. Like an island of misfit toys.