The Babe (1992)

PG  |   |  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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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Babe is in his hotel room his door opens and reveals the room number across the hall to be room #714 - an obvious reference to the total number of home runs the Babe hit during his career. See more »


In the hospital scene, the doctor has a clipboard in his hand, then there is no clipboard, and then he has it again. 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 Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1992 (1993) See more »


Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Isham Jones and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Intersound International
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People expected too much from this film
20 August 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

"The Babe" was a wonderful film. If critics want to nitpick it by commenting on the "authenticity" of the film like saying that all the games were played on the same field just re-organized, and making negative comments about about the film portraying the "dark side" of Babe Ruth, etc, I guess that's fine, but give the film what it deserves. First of all, John Goodman did an amazing job.

The truth is that Babe was a very confused person. He is probably baseball's greatest legend, but he did have some serious problems with women and alcohol. His childhood was a mess in many ways. He didn't know how to be married or to be a Father to a child. Everyone has issues. Accept the documented facts that he was not an angel. He had a huge heart and loved to do things for people. He also had his own demons to overcome and most of us do. I know that the film added a few things that may or may not have happened and I know that many things were left out, but unfortunately this is the way it has to be in ALL films like this. There is NO way to capture every single thing that the Babe ever did in less than 2 hours. They just have to do the best job they can with the time they have to work with.

This film was genuinely uplifting and to all who only saw the negative side of this film, shame on you. John Goodman is a huge Babe fan and even he felt that this was an acurate portrayal of the Bambino. The film is inspiring, positive for the most part and it's made me feel good every time I've seen it.

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