I just saw this movie again, and it is a lot of fun. You’ll get the most out of this movie if you have a real love of baseball. I used to love the game growing up in the 70’s and 80’s. It was an era when ballplayers had a lot of heart. It was before the crazy steroids debacles and the outrageous salaries.
This is a great underdog story with a great hook: the owner wants them to lose so she can move the Indians to Miami. That was a smart idea. There are so many funny moments in this ensemble piece – that I forgive certain things – like Dennis Haysbert clearly not being from Cuba. James Gammon is wonderful as the skipper – with all the weight and charm of old character actors of classic Hollywood. The only thing that I did not enjoy so much was the love subplot between Tom Berenger and Rene Russo – because it is pretty sappy. But even in that, there are cute moments, like when he drives the bullpen car over to her place. This is a winner, and ranks along with Bull Durham as a classic baseball movie.
PS – 1 April ’08: just realized that the filmmaker behind Major League, David S. Ward, won the Best Screenplay Oscar 15 years earlier for another comedy, The Sting.