Moneyball SynopsisBased on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball’s conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It’s more than baseball, it’s a revolution – one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he’s tearing out the heart and soul of the game.
Moneyball Release Date
In Theaters September 23, 2011
Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt
Written by: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Directed by: Bennett Miller
Produced by: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horowitz, andScott Rudin
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Subscribe To Moneyball Updates
if you're excited for Moneyball
10 Great Sports Movies In Which The Main Character Actually Loses
Sports movies are known for being triumphant, so it may come as a surprise just how many of them end with the protagonist losing. And here are some of our favorite triumphant sports movies with less than triumphant endings.
by Brent McKnight December 2, 2015 comments
For Your Consideration: Moneyball Is Change We Can Believe In
I don’t think that Moneyball is a political film. I don’t think that director Bennett Miller saw Beane as a proxy for Obama and I don’t think the movie sways to either side of the political scale. How could it? Michael Lewis wrote “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” in 2003 and the movie chronicles the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 season. But no movie released in 2011 better represents the era in which we are living
by Eric Eisenberg February 22, 2012 comments
Brad Pitt And Jon Stewart Discuss Oscar Campaigning
The right campaigning can certainly help Oscar contenders, so who better to advise Brad Pitt on how to go up against the likes of The Artist than Jon Stewart? Pitt visited Comedy Central’s The Daily Show last night and spoke with Stewart about Moneyball and the Oscar race.
by Kelly West February 2, 2012 comments
Changing Things Up: 7 Movie Characters Who Altered The Status Quo
To celebrate the release of the wonderful Moneyball on Blu-Ray and DVD, Cinema Blend has put together a list of some of our favorite movie characters who changed the status quo. Some of them instituted lasting alterations, others simply shook things up teams briefly, but the impact of all was tangible.
by Mack Rawden January 10, 2012 comments
The Top 10 Movies Of 2011: Mack's List
This list started as an unfilled Word document saying “Best Movies” on January 1st , and it ended with over one hundred films that have been obsessively tweaked. There’s no ulterior motives and no efforts to impress behind the choices I’ve made. These are just the ones I liked a little bit more than the rest.
by Mack Rawden January 2, 2012 comments
The Top 10 Movies Of 2011: Eric's List
As both a film critic and reporter, I have to sit through a lot of terrible movies. This year I spent hours of my life watching movies like New Year’s Eve, Spy Kids: All The Time in the World, Abduction and Waiting For Forever. But it’s the good movies that make it all worth it, and this year there were some truly brilliant films in release. But among those great titles, what were my favorites? Well…
by Eric Eisenberg December 30, 2011 comments
The 10 Best Movie Music Moments Of 2011
Much like 2010, this year was packed with not only amazing soundtracks, but also movies that knew how to use songs to perfect effect. From the synth sounds in Drive to the insanely happy tunes in The Muppets, this year in music moments made audiences feel unending joy and devastating sadness, but it all made for great times at the cinema.
by Eric Eisenberg December 23, 2011 comments
Moneyball Author Michael Lewis Writing Script For Next Adaptation Liar's Poker
Even without Moneyball, Lewis should have enough juice to get a studio interested in adapting his nonfiction works. He wrote the book on which John Lee Hancock’s The Blind Side was based. Yet now, with back-to-back Hollywood hits, Lewis really has the ability to push his projects into development, and he’s putting that newly acquired power to the test.
by Sean O'Connell September 26, 2011 comments
Brad Pitt And Doug Liman Wanted For Warner Bros. Sci-Fi Thriller All You Need Is Kill
Kill adapts Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s manga comic about a young soldier fighting in an intergalactic conflict who dies on the day the aliens invade our planet. But in a strange, Twilight Zone-inspired plot twist, the soldier is repeatedly resurrected to the day before the day he dies, allowing him to fight on. The site says rewrites have corrected issues the studio had with Dante Harper’s script, and they’re ready to go ahead of Pitt’s interested
by Sean O'Connell September 26, 2011 comments
Interview: Director Bennett Miller On Telling A Baseball Story Without A Big Win In Moneyball
I talked to Miller during what must have been an exhausting jaunt through the Toronto Film Festival, just a few weeks before Moneyball was set to open in theaters (it's out starting tomorrow). He opened up about how he and Brad Pitt decided a common goal for telling the story of Billy Beane and the Oakland A's, how Beane's personal story is what defines the film
by Katey Rich September 22, 2011 comments
Brad Pitt's 5 Best Roles Prove He's Always Been More Talented Than You Think
With Pitt on the brain, we're setting out to change that perception of him as a handsome guy who can't act his way out of a paper bag. As it turns out, he's got an entire career's worth of excellent performances to prove his talent, starting even in his earliest days as more of a pin-up boy than the Hollywood powerhouse he is today. Here are five examples of Pitt performances that don't just prove he's got talent
by CB Staff September 21, 2011 comments
This Rotten Week: Predicting Abduction, Moneyball, Killer Elite And Dolphin Tale Reviews
I’m giddy. I’m jumping around the room. I can barely contain myself. What a freaking week this is for making fun of movies. I mean we’ve got a shirt-wearing Lautner. A finless dolphin. A moneyless baseball team. And a never harmless Jason Statham.
by Doug Norrie September 18, 2011 comments
Interview: Chris Pratt On Moneyball And How Parks & Recreation Has Changed His Life
Pratt knows you probably know him as Andy, which might be part of why he fought so hard to play Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball, the new adaptation of Michael Lewis's bestselling book about how the Oakland A's used complicated statistics to become a championship-level team on virtually no money. Hatteberg was a former catcher recruited when he was let go from the Boston Red Sox after rupturing a nerve in his elbow
by Katey Rich September 13, 2011 comments
Toronto Film Festival Video Blog #1: Melancholia, Moneyball And Coriolanus Reviewed
For this year's festival I'll be trying a slightly different method of reviews, combining regular video blogs with what I've seen that day with short mini-reviews of each film (with longer versions to come either when they are released or later in the festival). Today we've got Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, Bennett Miller's Moneyball and Ralph Fiennes's Coriolanus on deck
by Katey Rich September 8, 2011 comments
Two Clips From Moneyball Show Brad Pitt Getting His Way
It was always an uphill battle for Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane. When he first signed on to the team he was neutralized because the organization didn't have enough money to afford quality players. Then he worked to devise a new system of scouting that would allow him to target cheaper players, but the organization didn't even want to spend a little money on what they saw as a major risk.
by Eric Eisenberg September 8, 2011 comments
Brad Pitt Struggles To Put A Team Together In New UK Moneyball Trailer
Adapted from the Michael Lewis book by Oscar winners Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, the story centers on Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the general manager of the Oakland A's who can't improve his team due to lack of resources. When he meets a young kid named Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) everything changes.
by Eric Eisenberg August 31, 2011 comments
We Can't Wait Until September: 7 Movies To Look Forward To Next Month
September, with its promise of cool weather and great movies, is just around the corner, and here at Cinema Blend we're already marking our calendars for the best of what's to come. We all picked one movie coming up in September that we're really looking forward to, whether they're festival hits we've already gotten to see, like Eric and Drive, or promising comedies that seem to make the most of our beloved stars, like Mack and What's Your Number
by CB Staff August 24, 2011 comments
Brad Pitt Puts Together A Winning Team In New Moneyball Trailer
Who doesn't love a great baseball movie? Sure, there are people out there that don't like the sport and find it boring (Note: I don't understand you), but it's impossible to deny that the two work together like spaghetti and meatballs. From Field of Dreams to Bull Durham and from Pride of the Yankees to The Sandlot, it's a legacy that's hard to tarnish
by Eric Eisenberg August 3, 2011 comments
Moneyball Poster Asks, What Are You Really Worth?
Moneyball is the next movie for Brad Pitt and it’s based on the book of the same name. It tells the true story of how Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A’s, revolutionized baseball by ignoring conventional wisdom and building a championship team his way. Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman co-star.
by Josh Tyler July 22, 2011 comments
TV Spot For Moneyball Continues To Make The Film Look Like A Winner
When the first trailer for Moneyball dropped last month one thought was going through my head constantly: a movie about baseball statistics shouldn't look this amazing. When you have Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian working on the script and Brad Pitt starring, however, it's a whole new ballgame (if you'll pardon the pun).
by Eric Eisenberg July 19, 2011 comments
Mark Wahlberg, Jonah Hill An Unlikely Pair For Buddy-Action Pic Good Time Gang
The two actors will team for Good Time Gang, a film that’s being set up through RCR Pictures and penned by Max Landis (son of the legendary John Landis). Wahlberg and Hill would play “party-happy mercenaries” -- which automatically sounds bizarre
by Sean O'Connell July 8, 2011 comments
First Trailer For Moneyball, Starring Brad Pitt And Jonah Hill
In 2002, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane decided to use a different strategy when finding players to be a part of his baseball organization. Without the resources of a team in cities like New York or Chicago, Beane decided fill his roster with players that weren't power hitters or all stars, but rather knew how to get on base.
by Eric Eisenberg June 15, 2011 comments
Watch Brad Pitt Bossing Around Jonah Hill In First Clip From The Moneyball Trailer
I'm reserving judgment on this until we've seen anything resembling a full trailer, but I do like what we're seeing so far. It might be a natural weakness for baseball movies, or it might be because director Bennett Miller has managed the impossible task
by Katey Rich June 15, 2011 comments
Moneyball Set Photos Have Brad Pitt In Boston
A few months ago, I was having second thoughts about the adaptation of Michael Lewis' baseball statistics book Moneyball. Afte all, this is a story about how a general manager for a baseball team
by Eric Eisenberg October 12, 2010 comments
First Look At Philip Seymour Hoffman On The Moneyball Set
While some movie sets-- particularly the ones involving superheroes or robots-- will stay on lockdown to avoid even the tiniest bits of information leaking out to the public, the people behind Moneyball
by Katey Rich August 5, 2010 comments
Extras Snap Moneyball Set Photos: Brad Pitt IS Moneyball
Photos snapped by participating extras are being collected on Moneyball's official Facebook page, and well, they're mostly fuzzy at best.
by Katey Rich July 28, 2010 comments
Parks & Recreation's Chris Pratt Plays Moneyball In The Hiatus
Based on Michael Lewis's book about Oakland A's manager Billy Beane and his efforts to restructure his team, Moneyball will feature Pratt as Scott Hatteberg, a former Red Sox catcher
by Katey Rich July 13, 2010 comments
Cold Case's Kathryn Morris Married Brad Pitt In Moneyball
It was odd enough when Robin Wright was cast to play Brad Pitt's ex-wife in Moneyball, because how on earth would an ex-wife fit into a story about a baseball team and economics
by Katey Rich July 12, 2010 comments
Stephen Bishop Cast As David Justice In Moneyball
It's strange to think about, but it's been a year since Steven Soderbergh got kicked off the production of Michael Lewis' Moneyball and Aaron Sorkin was hired to rewrite the script. Since then,
by Eric Eisenberg July 1, 2010 comments
Brad Pitt Hires A Writer To Adapt Michael Lewis Book The Big Short
There's no talk of when production might begin, but presumably they'd like to have the movie out while the financial crisis is fresh in peoples' minds, especially since all that explanation of credit default swaps and mortgage-backed securities won't stick in our minds forever
by Katey Rich June 28, 2010 comments
Philip Seymour Hoffman And Robin Wright May Play Moneyball
After what seems like a thousand years in development and director changes and all kind of nonsense, Sony's adaptation of Moneyball is finally ready to start filming, with Brad Pitt miraculously still on board after all that
by Katey Rich May 14, 2010 comments
Moneyball Finally Starts Filming This Summer
Deadline makes the comparison to another movie based on a nonfiction sports book by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side, for which Sandra Bullock starred for a paltry $2.5 million but is getting very, very rich
by Katey Rich April 12, 2010 comments
Jonah Hill Replacing Demetri Martin In Moneyball
Brad Pitt is apparently still on board to play A's general manager Billy Beane, despite the fact that Soderbergh has bailed. While it's hard to imagine Hill playing a Harvard graduate economics whiz
by Katey Rich March 8, 2010 comments
Brad Pitt Wants To Adapt Another Michael Lewis Book About Money
But Pitt is a guy who clearly likes a challenge-- he's still attached to Moneyball, a movie about baseball statistics, with Bennett Miller directing. God bless him for sinking his teeth into what interests him
by Katey Rich February 3, 2010 comments
Bennett Miller Selected To Play Moneyball
Variety is reporting that Miller will now direct, with Brad Pitt still starring as Oakland A's manager Billy Beane, who built a winning team with the help of some statistics and a lot of underdogs
by Katey Rich December 4, 2009 comments
Marc Webb And Bennett Miller Both Want To Play Moneyball
Right now it feels like Moneyball will always be "that movie that they kicked Steven Soderbergh off of," especially since they've yet to hire a director, 4 months after deciding to keep the project going without him
by Katey Rich November 11, 2009 comments
Soderbergh Talks Moneyball's Demise, His Cleo Rock Musical
The question "What's next?" has a lot of answers, including a biopic about Liberace and Cleo, a 3-D rock musical about Cleopatra. He talks about it all in the Sentinel article, calling Cleo "a total party"
by Katey Rich September 3, 2009 comments
Moneyball Back On, Without Soderbergh
Not only did Sony turn Soderbergh down when he attempted to make his version of Michael Lewis' book Moneyball, they've now kicked him off the project entirely. Brad Pitt will still star in the film, and Sony will still make it, but Sodbergh is no longer on board as director
by Katey Rich July 9, 2009 comments
Moneyball Strikes Out At Columbia Pictures
Well, so much for getting a thoroughly unique baseball movie. Over the last several months, news has gotten around that Steven Soderbergh's Moneyball, based on the statistic heavy book of the same name
by Tim Gomez June 22, 2009 comments
Steven Soderbergh Talks Moneyball
At a roundtable interview for The Girlfirend Experience a few weeks ago (more on that later), Soderbergh said Moneyball isn't just his next project, but one that's been in the making for a long while
by Katey Rich May 20, 2009 comments
Soderbergh Bets On Whiz Kid Demetri Martin
I have absolutely no idea why anyone would be interested in this movie, even with the added value of Pitt and Martin. Remember, Soderbergh is a guy who made not one but two movies about Che Guevara wandering around in a jungle
by Katey Rich April 20, 2009 comments