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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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Helen Woodford Ruth
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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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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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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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Babe is shown receiving the news of Miller Huggins death at home during the off season (it is clearly winter). Huggins died in September, 1929 while the baseball season was still in progress, and the news came when Ruth and the Yankees were playing in Boston against the Red Sox. See more »

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Johnny Sylvester: You are the best, you are the best there's ever been.
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God Awful
4 August 2004 | by (Heaven above) – See all my reviews

Ever seen a movie and just wanted to punch the screen?

The Babe, starring John Goodman, is a horrendously bad film. It's almost a total fabrication of the man's life. There's so much wrong, I don't know where to begin.

Perhaps we should look at the fact that John Goodman was way too heavy to play him. Babe Ruth was never 350 pounds. He was actually a good athlete in his prime. He started as a pitcher, yet they skipped over that despite his being one of the better pitchers in the American League for several years before moving fulltime to the outfield.

He wasn't mentally impaired, either, yet they make it seem like he had the know how of a 2 year old. They had him marrying his second wife before his first wife died, something that he wouldn't due to religious reasons. All they had him do was harp about managing, wanting to manage in the majors. He did want to, it's well documented, but it wasn't the only thing he thought of. And he didn't call Lou Gehrig Iron Man when he was 3 years into the league, heck, no one did!! you get that kind of nickname you play several years without missing games. Gehrig's character was also a complete waste. I'm surprised they didn't just cut him out of the movie like he didn't exist, they cut out so much that did anyway.

This movie has the feel of a bad made for TV film. The acting stinks, the shots stink, the crowd/atmosphere stinks, everything is very contrived, and they completely forgot it was a historical setting. It feels like the screen writer just decided to write up a completely different story and then added Babe Ruth to it.

Watch it if you want, but if you know anything about baseball history, you'll wish you hadn't. -100 on a 1-10 scale.


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