Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ball-player ever,' in his words. However, when Stump spends time with Cobb, interviewing him and beginning to write, he realizes that the general public opinion is largely correct. In Stump's presence, Cobb is angry, violent, racist, misogynistic, and incorrigibly abusive to everyone around him. Torn between printing the truth by plumbing the depths of Cobb's dark soul and grim childhood, and succumbing to Cobb's pressure for a whitewash of his character and a simple baseball tale of his greatness, Stump writes two different books. One book is for Cobb, the other for the public. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
The pipe that Robert Wuhl smokes in the film was owned by the real Al Stump. See more »
In the panoramic shot of of downtown Reno, modern-day casinos are visible that did not exist when Ty Cobb lived in the area. See more »
[dictating his biography to Stump]
'Cobb, a prince among men, misunderstood in his genius, as genius always is'...
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After the credits are complete and the screen is black, Jones is heard to say "Baseball was 100% of my life." See more »
I love this movie. I have seen it about 13 times. This is Tommy Lee Jones' best performance, just beautiful. I can not believe that he didn't recieve an Oscar nomination for this performance. That year Tom Hanks won the Oscar for 'Forrest Gump' That's Ok. But check the other nominees: Morgan Freeman (The shawshank ...); Paul Newman (Nobody's fool) and John Travolta (Pulp Fiction). Are you going to tell me that these performances are better than the Jones' in Cobb? I don't think so. Anyway, the movie is great. You must see it. 10 of 10
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