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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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Helen Woodford Ruth
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Peter Donat ...
Harry Frazee
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Brother Mathias
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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 Jacob (Jake) Ruppert
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Johnny Sylvester
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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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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 April 1992 (USA)  »

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$17,530,973 (USA)
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When interviewed during production of the film, John Goodman noted the irony of having to lose weight to play the part of Ruth. See more »

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During the game in which Babe promised the sick child he would hit two home runs, the Yankees were batting in the top of the ninth. But the game was played at Yankee stadium and as home team they should have been batting second. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Sylvester: You are the best, you are the best there's ever been.
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We All Miss You Ralph ["Ralph" = Ralph Marrero, who died before the film's release] See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

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Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Orbert Davis and the Speakeasys
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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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