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The Babe (1992)

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Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Woodford Ruth
Peter Donat ...
Harry Frazee
Brother Mathias
J.C. Quinn ...
Jack Dunn
Miller Huggins (as Joe Ragno)
Ralph Marrero ...
Robert Swan ...
George Herman Ruth Sr. (as Bob Swan)
Bernard Kates ...
Colonel Jacob (Jake) Ruppert
Stephen Caffrey ...
Johnny Sylvester
Gene Ross ...
Brother Paul


Traces the career of Babe Ruth from his days as a youngster in an orphanage to his last days as a manager. Includes such moments as the famous predicted home run and the promise to little Johnny. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude language, some sexual situations, and for a scene of pre-teen alcohol/tobacco consumption | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Babe  »

Box Office


$17,530,973 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Cromwell goes on later to star in another movie Babe about a pig in 1995. See more »


Babe Ruth and "Jumpin Joe" Dugan are shown as teammates while on the Boston Red Sox in the movie. But Dugan didn't play for the Red Sox until 1921, when Ruth was already with the Yankees. See more »


Harry Frazee, Red Sox Owner: Half of everything I own just went down the drain with the "Gladiators of Broadway". The other half, is in the pocket of The Sultan of Swat, and he wants a raise and his own suites during road games.
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Crazy Credits

We All Miss You Ralph ["Ralph" = Ralph Marrero, who died before the film's release] See more »


Featured in Diamonds on the Silver Screen (1992) See more »


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Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
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Forget history, just have fun
29 September 2002 | by (titusville, pa.) – See all my reviews

As someone familiar with the historic record of Babe Ruth's life, the many "playings around" with the facts were noticeable. In some of the cases, presenting the story accurately wouldn't have changed the filmmakers' intent at all. Example: In the movie, Babe already is married to Clare when Dorothy dies in the fire. Dorothy died a couple of years before Babe got married. He was a Catholic, remember; they weren't living together.

I'm still pretty sure the Baby Ruth candy bar was named for Grover Cleveland's daughter, not the Babe. I am old enough to have attended many ballgames in Forbes Field, and they didn't even try to make the park in the movie look the same. Where was the ivy?!

In real life, Clare wanted Babe to retire after the 3 homers in Pittsburgh, but Babe had promised people he would appear in several more games. Nothing happened in those games, and, dramatically, having him quit after Pittsburgh made good sense for the movie.

I'm also glad the picture ended when it did, not showing Babe in his last frustrating years waiting vainly for the Yankees to call him. We didn't need to see his - and Clare's - decline.

I take serious issue with the critic here who apparently likes the William Bendix movie better. Keep in mind that was made while Babe was still alive. The Babe they presented there was so perfumed and sugar-coated as to be completely unrecognizable.

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