Taglines: When these three oddballs try to play hardball, the result is totally screwball.
Rachel Phelps is the new owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. However, her plans for the team are rather nefarious. She wants to move the team to Miami for the warmer climate and a new stadium. To justify the move, the team has to lose, and lose badly. So she assembles the worst possible team she can.
Among these are a past-his-prime catcher with bad knees, a shrewd but past-his-prime pitcher, a young tearaway pitcher (and felon) with a 100 mph fastball but absolutely no control, a third baseman who is too wealthy and precious to dive, a voodoo-loving slugger who can’t hit a curve ball and an energetic-but-naive lead off hitter and base-stealer who can’t keep the ball on the ground. Against the odds, and after the inevitable initial failures, they iron out some of their faults and start to win, much to Ms Phelps’ consternation.
Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film produced by Chris Chesser and Irby Smith, written and directed by David S. Ward, that stars Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Bob Uecker, and Corbin Bernsen.
Made for $11 million, Major League grossed nearly $50 million in domestic release. Major League deals with the exploits of a fictionalized version of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, and spawned two sequels (Major League II and Back to the Minors), neither of which replicated the success of the original film.
Major League (1989)
Directed by: David S. Ward
Starring: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton, James Gammon, Rene Russo, Bob Uecker, Wesley Snipes, Chelcie Ross, Dennis Haysbert, Deborah Wakeham
Screenplay by: David S. Ward
Production Design by: Jeffrey Howard
Cinematography by: Reynaldo Villalobos
Film Editing by: Dennis M. Hill
Costume Design by: Erica Edell Phillips
Set Decoration by: Celeste Lee
Art Direction by: John Krenz Reinhart Jr.
Music by: James Newton Howard
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: April 7, 1989