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Who knew statistical analysis could make you choke up with emotion? Surprisingly poignant for a movie that turns baseball into a card-counting experiment, Moneyball focuses on the essential issue of baseball and of life: how do you measure human value?

The Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane (Pitt), thinks hard on the matter when his underfunded team’s superstars get traded off for multimillion-dollar contracts. At heart, this true story of a third-rate major-league team’s historic ascent during the 2002 season is yet another underdog tale with crippling setbacks and heartwarming cheers. But it’s also a case study worthy of Harvard Business School, a rebuke to group thinking and a touching parable about self-worth. This brainiac sports movie reminds us that money is neither the measure of a man nor the ultimate assessment of quality; it’s based on past accomplishments. After all, success isn’t always about the home runs so much as just getting on base – again, and again, and again.

By Stephen Garrett
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 133
  • Released: Thu, 08 Dec
  • Classification: PG13
  • Language: English
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  • Director: Bennett Miller
  • Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, Stephen Bishop, Brent Jennings, Tammy Blanchard, Jack McGee, Vyto Ruginis

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