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Past Films

Science on Screen: Moneyball (2011)

  • Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Director: Bennett Miller
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 114 min.

Science on Screen Film Series

All screenings are free and made possible thanks to a generous grant fro the Alfred P. Sloan Foundaition and Coolide Corner Theatre Foundation.

Synopsis: Based on Michael Lewis’ nonfiction bestseller “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” the book’s subject is Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who assembled a contending baseball club on a shoestring budget by employing a sophisticated computer-based analysis to draft players.

There will be a post show discussion with Computer Scientist Dr. Lloyd Smith (MSU) about the development of baseball analytics.

"Never before, though, have statistics added up to such electrifying entertainment. After the mostly minor-league productions of recent months, this movie, which was directed by Bennett Miller, renews your belief in the power of movies."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The movie is an absolute triumph of culturally relevant filmmaking – a film that will thrill and fascinate sport junkies and non-fans alike. If you like baseball, you will love this movie. If you hate baseball, you will still love this movie."
- Rene Rodrigue0, zMiami Herald
"A smart, intense and moving film that isn't so much about sports as about the war between intuition and statistics. I walked in knowing what the movie was about, but unprepared for its intelligence and depth."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times