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Based on a true story, Drama, Sport
During the 2002 Major League Baseball season the Oakland A's became synonymous with failure - limping to 11 straight defeats whilst surviving on a shoestring budget. What followed remains the biggest 'curveball' in US sports history. The turning-point arrives when perfectionist manager Billy Beane employs a bashful university graduate with a revolutionary thesis – players should be purchased purely on their performance statistics; their commercial value, personality and potential deemed irrelevant. While the high-risk strategy begins to deliver results on the pitch, the friction caused by the cultural shift threatens an irrevocable implosion in the boardroom. Thanks to a typically razor-sharp script from Aaron Sorkin and Pitt’s authentic portrayal of a tortured soul, this film ascends past the superficial gloss of a routine sports drama and addresses universal themes with considerable substance.
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