USA, 2011, 133 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Biopic, Drama, Sports
MUST END January 19th
35mm Presentation - Moneyball is based on the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt)—once a would-be baseball superstar who turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A’s have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and he is left to rebuild his team and compete with a third of their payroll. Driven to win, Billy looks outside of baseball and hires Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a brainy, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist. Armed with computer-driven statistical analysis long ignored by the baseball establishment, they reach imagination-defying conclusions and go after players overlooked and dismissed by the rest of baseball for being too odd, too old, too injured or too much trouble, but who all have key skills that are universally undervalued. As Billy and Peter forge forward, their new methods and roster of misfits rile the old guard, the media, the fans, and their own field manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who refuses to cooperate. Ultimately this experiment will lead not only to a change in the way the game is played, but to an outcome that would leave Billy with a new understanding that transcends the game and delivers him to a new place.
DIRECTOR: Bennett Miller
Principal Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt
US Distributor: Columbia Pictures