• 12
  • Bennett Miller (2011)
  • US
  • 127 min
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This engrossing drama is based on the true story of the Oakland A's baseball team general manager Billy Beane's pioneering system, which used statistics and computer analysis to build a trophy-winning side. Strapped for cash and reeling from humiliating defeats, Beane (Brad Pitt) faces opposition to his radical methods from the sport's more traditionally minded personalities, until results start to go his way. From what may seem, on the surface, to be dry subject matter, director Bennett Miller delivers a wordy but well-paced and thrilling film, closer to co-writer Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network than previous baseball-themed big hitters Bull Durham or Field of Dreams. Pitt brings a winning blend of charisma and daring enthusiasm to the lead role, ably supported by Jonah Hill as Beane's number-crunching deputy, with a curmudgeonly Philip Seymour Hoffman stealing his scenes as a representative of the old guard.

Plot Summary

The manager of a struggling baseball team faces disaster, as his star players are bought out by richer clubs and he is unable to afford to replace them. An economics student offers him a solution to his problems, finding a ground-breaking way to analyse the performance of cheaper players and combining their abilities to form a winning side. Fact-based drama, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Cast and crew


Billy Beane
Brad Pitt
Peter Brand
Jonah Hill
Art Howe
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Robin Wright
Scott Hatteberg
Chris Pratt
David Justice
Stephen Bishop
Mark Shapiro
Reed Diamond
Ron Washington
Brent Jennings
Grady Fuson
Ken Medlock
Elizabeth Hatteberg
Tammy Blanchard


Bennett Miller

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Sony Pictures
Contains swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 25 Nov 2011
Certificate 12