Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 1989
Country: United States


Paramount Pictures and the Cleveland International Film Festival are proud to present MAJOR LEAGUE, a comedy in which some bargain basement athletes who have always dreamed of playing big league baseball get their wish (and join our own Cleveland Indians).

Starring Tom Berenger (PLATOON), Charlie Sheen (WALL STREE7), and Corbin Bernsen (TV's "L.A. Law"), the Morgan Creek/Mirage production was produced by Chris Chesser and executive produced by Mark Rosenberg. Irby Smith is the supervising producer; Julie Bergman is the associate producer. The film also stars Margaret Whitton, James Gammon, Rene Russo and Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle.

After Rachel Phelps (Whitton) inherits the Indians, she decides to put together a team that will play so badly that game attendance will take a dive. This will enable her to move the franchise to Miami, where the weather is better and she can get a better stadium deal. The misfit collection of athletes she recruits might not be the players that Cleveland fans have always hop)ed for, but they are determined to make the most of their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

MAJOR LEAGUE was written and directed by David Ward, the Academy Award-winning writer of THE STING. Ward also is the screenwriter of THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR and STEELYARD BLUES and made his directorial debut with CANNERY ROW. Ward's screenplay was inspired by his love for his hometown of Cleveland and his lifelong allegiance to the city's big league baseball team.

David Ward

Chris Chesser

Principal Cast
Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton

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