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The Babe (1992)

 -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  17 April 1992 (USA)
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Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.

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Helen Woodford Ruth
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Peter Donat ...
Harry Frazee
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Brother Mathias
J.C. Quinn ...
Jack Dunn
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Miller Huggins (as Joe Ragno)
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George Herman Ruth Sr. (as Bob Swan)
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Colonel Jack Ruppert
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Stephen Caffrey ...
Johnny Sylvester
Gene Ross ...
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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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There Was Only One.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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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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$17,530,973 (USA)
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The minor league Danville Dans stadium in Danville, Illinois, was the one used for Fenway Park and Forbes Field, as well as being seen in black/white news footage. See more »

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The film continues the myth that Babe was sold to the Yankees because Red Sox owner Harry Frazee's latest Broadway offering had flopped. In fact, the sale came about due to the fact that Frazee hadn't been hand-picked by American League president Ban Johnson to own a team, hence, Frazee was unwilling to do Johnson's bidding. When Carl Mays jumped the Red Sox, Frazee sold him to the Yankees, ignoring Johnson's order to suspend Mays. Meanwhile, Ruth was out of control, repeatedly breaking curfew, and jumping the team several times. The final straw came when Ruth was a no-show for the final game of the 1919 season, then held out for $20,000, despite the fact that Frazee had given Ruth bonuses. With the White Sox' reputation in tatters following the Black Sox Scandal, and Johnson pressuring the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers, the Philadelphia Athletics, the St. Louis Browns, and the Washington Senators not to deal with Frazee, Frazee had little choice but to deal with the Yankees. See more »

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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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This Went Too Far The Other Way
12 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is what modern-day Hollywood does to most icons, to most of our "heroes." It, generally speaking, trashes them, emphasizing the bad in their lives over the good.

While the 1948 Babe Ruth Story way over-sugarcoated Ruth's story, this new version portrays this sports hero - perhaps the most famous sports personality in American history - to the other extreme, of course. Why can't Hollywood just be neutral on these biographies? Show the good and bad, but be fair about it.

If you read about Babe Ruth, it's astonishing to find out just how big a celebrity he was in his lifetime: literally bigger-than-life, and the fact so many people know his name and face over 90 years after he started playing Major League Baseball is a testimony to that. Much of what Ruth did was good stuff, especially with kids and charities, but he also had a crude, rough side to him and a life that had more than its share of sufferings. He was, indeed, and complex and fascinating human being. One thing that is outright lie: the plot line as written on the title page here saying ' {Babe) is unheroic to those who know him." No, all the old players said for years afterward how much they all liked Ruth, what a great guy he was and generous to a fault."

Ruth's bad points should be pointed out, but this movie dwells too much on the unpleasant scenes which is probably one good reason why it wasn't a hit movie. Hollywood just doesn't get it: people don't want mostly negative stuff, especially about their heroes.

Anyway, John Goodman did a fine job of playing Ruth. He didn't write the script, so I am not upset with him. Kelli McGillis is a pretty woman and also adds nicely to the film as Ruth's strong wife, "Clare."

Also, the movie is still interesting, especially if you're a baseball fan. But, as a big fan, I would like to have enjoyed this movie and bought the VHS (now DVD) and viewed it many times .....but it's not fun to watch.


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