Major League

  • Directors: David S Ward
  • Producers: James G Robinson, Joe Roth, Mark Rosenberg, Chris Chesser, Irby Smith
  • Writers: David S Ward
  • Genres: Comedy, Sport
  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Rene Russo, Wesley Snipes, Chelcie Ross, Dennis Haysbert, Bob Uecker, James Gammon

Rachel Phelps, a former Las Vegas showgirl, has inherited the Cleveland Indians baseball team from her deceased husband. She wants to move the team to the warmer climate of Miami. In order to do this, she must reduce attendance at Municipal Stadium below a total of 800,000 ticket sales which will trigger an escape clause in the team’s lease with the city of Cleveland. After she moves the team, she would also be able to release all the current players and replace them with new ones. She instructs her new General Manager Charlie Donovan to hire the worst team possible from a list she has already prepared. The list includes veteran catcher Jake Taylor, who has problems with his knees, and was last playing in Mexico, incarcerated pitcher Rick Vaughn, the brash but speedy center fielder Willie “Mays” Hayes (who was not invited to camp), power hitting outfielder Pedro Cerrano, who practices voodoo to try to help him hit curve balls, veteran pitcher Eddie Harris, who lacks a strong throwing arm and is forced to doctor his pitches, and third baseman Roger Dorn, who is already under contract but is a high-priced prima donna. As manager, Phelps hires Lou Brown, a tire salesman who “has managed the Toledo Mud Hens for the last 30 years”.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Hayes manages to single to first and subsequently steals second. Taylor is next to bat, and after signaling back and forth with Brown, points to the bleachers, calling his shot. However, Taylor bunts instead, catching the Yankees infield off-guard. Despite his weak knees, Taylor get to the first base safely. Hayes, knowing that the infield is focused on catching Taylor at the first base, clears the third base and goes for the home, catching the Yankees off guard again. Hayes slides safe into home, giving the Indians the win. As the team celebrates, Dorn punches Vaughn in the face but then helps him up to continue the celebration, while Jake finds Lynn in the stands, who raises her left hand to show that she is no longer wearing an engagement ring, indicating that she wishes to be with him.

The Sting

  • Directors: George Roy Hill
  • Producers: Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips
  • Writers: David S Ward
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

At the opening, after a 1930s era Universal logo complete with bejeweled circling globe adorned with the text, “It’s A Universal Picture,” the movie credits the actors with extracts from the movie, in a style reminiscent of films from the early to mid 1930s.

Johnny Hooker (Redford), is a small-time con man (a “grifter”) from Depression-era Joliet, Illinois. Hooker and his accomplices Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) and Joe Erie (Jack Kehoe) manage to swipe $11,000 in cash from an unsuspecting victim (a “mark”). In the wake of this apparent success, Luther tells Johnny that he’s retiring from his life of crime and moving to Kansas City, Missouri to work in a “mostly legal” business with his brother-in-law. He advises Hooker to seek out an old friend, Henry Gondorff, in Chicago, who can teach him the art of the ‘big con’.

Unfortunately for the three con artists, the mark they robbed was a numbers racket courier named Mottola (James Sloyan), transporting the money to Chicago for crime boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Corrupt Joliet police Lieutenant William Snyder (Charles Durning) confronts Hooker, demanding a $2,000 cut of the $11,000 and revealing Lonnegan’s involvement. Realizing that he and his partners are in danger, Hooker pays Snyder in counterfeit bills, having already gambled away most of his share of the money. Hooker goes to warn Coleman, but he arrives too late to save him from Lonnegan’s hit man. With nowhere else to turn, Hooker flees to Chicago to ask Gondorff for help in avenging Coleman’s murder.

All the pieces of the elaborate puzzle come together on the morning of the sting that is planned to swindle Lonnegan. Various players are seen making preparations for the day. Then the action begins:‎