Moneyball: Brad Pitt Plays 'Hard Ball' in New Clips
09.11.11 by BJSprecher
Columbia Pictures has released four new preview clips from Bennett Miller's (Capote) new sports biopic. Based on the 2003 non-fiction bestseller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis, the movie tells the true story of Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), a former professional baseball player who became the general manager of the Oakland Athletics and turned it into a winning team by taking a non-traditional approach to scouting players and fielding a team for a fraction of the cost of what larger market teams were spending at the time.
Moneyball had its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday and has so far earned an 86% approval rating among critics, with one reviewer calling it "nirvana" for baseball fans and "a smart, damned entertaining time" for "everyone else." It doesn't open in theaters until Sept. 23rd, but you can get a sense of what the movie is about in this collection of new clips and, more importantly, see Brad Pitt play 'hard ball' as Billy Beane.
In the first preview clip, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) proves his eagerness to work for Beane (Pitt) by going above-and-beyond on a simple task.
In the second clip, David Justice (Stephen Bishop) is shocked by the answer he gets from Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt) when he asks him what his biggest fear is.
In the third clip, Beane pulls rank on A's manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman) informing him at the last minute that he has traded a player.
In the final clip, Beane plays 'hard ball' with the owners to get money for a player that he wants.
The script for Moneyball was initially adapted by Stan Chervin, but Steve Zaillian and Steven Soderbergh also worked on drafts. The final shooting script was written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network). The cast also includes Robin Wright and Kathryn Morris.