Eight Men Out

Eight Men Out  Eight Men Out is a 1988 American sports film based on the 1963 book written by Eliot Asinof’s called Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. It was written and directed by John Sayles with the main actor being John Cusack. Most of the movie was filmed at the old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Main Story

Eight Men Out is a drama about the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 where eight players from the Chicago White Sox go on trial on conspiracy charges. The charges were for conspiring to lose the 1919 World Series intentionally.

The team is set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series and are at odds with the team’s owner regarding their low earnings despite its popularity and reaching the World Series.

Next, a group of professional gamblers offers the team’s top eight players a fortune to throw the Series. The team accept the offer due to their terrible pay and harsh conditions. However, this resulted in them betraying their fans and the game, leaving a lasting impact on the professional sport.

The Ending

In the end, Cincinnati Reds wins the Series and an investigation begins into the Series’s possible fixing. In 1920, Cicotte and Jackson ( the two main team members ) admitted that a fix existed and all eight men stand trial. The team was eventually acquitted of any wrongdoing. However, the Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis bans the eight men for life. He felt that they had either intentionally lost the game or knew about the fix and didn’t report it to the team’s officials.

Eight Men Out is more than a gambling movie about baseball as it has a fascinating storyline highlighting a clash between big businesses interests, athletes and the media.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a cult classic movie directed by Terrance Gilliam and stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. It was released in 1998.

It’s visually superb, and Depp and Del Toro give great performances in this gambling movie. It is a vicious drug-fuelled screed that details how the hippie ideal became corrupted by the Nixon era and how it influenced the American Dream.

The Main Story

A magazine has assigned Duke (Johnny Depp) to travel to Vegas and cover the Mint 400 cycle race. However, the duo has also decided to take advantage of the assignment and purchase a large variety of drugs, which sets them on a downward spiral. Chaos and mayhem reign supreme, their drug-induced states see them destroying hotel rooms and leaving casinos due to hallucinations.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a narrative of a reporter’s drug-induced delusions while on Las Vegas assignment. It’s supposed to be a journey with a journalistic purpose but turns into the exploration of Vegas and Casinos under the umbrella of illegal substances.

The movie did not get very good reviews as it was considered “strange” by movie critics, and the weird part is that there was no budget in place when filming began.

The Ending

The movie’s end shows Dr Gonzo ditching Duke in Vegas and leaving him with an outrageous bill for the hotel room. However, Duke tracks Gonzo down, and the duo land up attending the conference in a drug-induced state. They leave the conference early after spending most of the time discreetly snorting cocaine, while the guest speaker is ironically taking about marijuana addicts!

Duke drops Gonzo off at the airport and then returns to his hotel to finish his article before driving to Las Vegas.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz. The main actors are Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly.

The Main Story

The title says it all. In this fun-filled gambling movie, two con men, Michael Caine and Steve Martin realise they can’t operate at the same casinos and general territory and therefore decide that one of them will have to leave. They place a bet between themselves that involves robbing an heiress, and whichever one of them wins, they will stay, and the other will leave town.

Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine) is a long-time resident at a luxurious resort on the Riviera Beaumont-sur-Mer where he enjoys his continuous cons until a competitor arrives, Freddy Benson (Steve Martin). Lawrence is suave and aloof and creates an air of confidence amongst Nebraska’s gullible tourists where they happily believe he is a king in exile. On the flip side of the coin, there is Freddy a scruffy American who works the lower end of the scam ladder, accepting money for his non-existent ailing grandmother.

They meet on a train where Jamieson observes Benson scamming a tourist in what Jamieson refers to as a crude con. It does not please Jamieson as he has a theory that all bad crooks pollute the water for stylish con men like himself. They do a few cons together when finally Jamieson decides he has to get rid of Freddy.

The plot is bizarre and revolves around one con man trying to corner the other in an odd trap with hilarious consequences, and adds light-heartedness to being scammed.

The Ending

In the end, Lawrence discovers that Janet is not actually a soap heiress. It turns out that she had won her vacation and “Soap Queen” title in a sweepstake.