A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is.

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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>

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Everyone hated this baseball legend. And he loved it.

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Rated R for strong language, and for scenes of nudity and violent behavior | See all certifications »

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2 December 1994 (USA)  »

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$1,007,583 (USA)
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Much of how Cobb was portrayed in this film has now been widely recognized as inaccurate. Al Stump's books and magazine articles on Cobb have now been widely discredited, and serious baseball historians give Stump's account of the later years of Cobb's life very little credence. Charles Leerhsen's biography, "Ty Cobb, A Terrible Beauty," sets the record straight. Cobb did NOT attempt to have sex with the cocktail waitress in Las Vegas and then attempt to pay her off (Stump fabricated this), and many other alleged darker aspects of Cobb's life are just plain not true. Several serious baseball historians have labeled this film highly inaccurate. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Al Stump: All right, listen, you son of a bitch. If you die before the book is finished, I'll write the story I want.
Ty Cobb: I ain't gonna die before the story's finished.
Al Stump: I'll write slow.
Ty Cobb: I'll die slow.
[pause, and then]
Ty Cobb: Now get your clothes on, we're gonna go get some pussy.
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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 »

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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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The Way You Look Tonight
Written by Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields
Performed by The Jaguars
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co. Inc.
By Arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment/Celebrity Licencing Inc.
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Tommy Lee Jones at his Best
5 March 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little seen film has Tommy Lee Jones giving one of the best performances of his career. It is a shame that the film was given only a limited release with no advertising budget. I know of many who wanted to see this movie, but it was in and out of the theaters before they could notice.

"Cobb" gets one of my highest recommendations. No Jones fan can justify not seeing this movie.


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