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Cobb -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Al Stump (article)
Al Stump (book)
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Release Date:
2 December 1994 (USA) See more »
Everyone hated this baseball legend. And he loved it.
A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tommy Lee Jones ... Ty Cobb

Robert Wuhl ... Al Stump

Lolita Davidovich ... Ramona

Ned Bellamy ... Ray
Scott Burkholder ... Jimmy
Allan Malamud ... Mud
Bill Caplan ... Bill
Jeff Fellenzer ... Sportswriter
Doug Krikorian ... Sportswriter
Gavin Smith ... Sportsman's Lounge Bartender

Lou Myers ... Willie
William Utay ... Jameson

J. Kenneth Campbell ... William Herschel Cobb

Rhoda Griffis ... Amanda Chitwood Cobb
Tyler Logan Cobb ... Young Ty
Gary Morris ... Baptist Minister (as Reverend Gary Morris)
Harry Herthum ... Gambler
Jay Chevalier ... Gambler
Roger Clemens ... Opposing pitcher
George Rafferty ... Teammate
Jay Tibbs ... Teammate
Rodney Max ... Umpire
Gary D. Talbert ... Opposing Catcher
Fred Lewis ... Philly Fan
David U. Hodges ... Philly Fan

Joy Michiel ... Last Chance Hotel Clerk
Michael 'Mitch' Hrushowy ... Harrah's Club Manager

Eloy Casados ... Louis Prima
Paula Rudy ... Keely Smith
Artie Butler ... Harrah's Bartender
Robert Earl Berkhigler ... Croupier
George P. Wilbur ... Casino Security Man
Steven Brown ... Husband at Motel
Dana Hill ... Wife at Motel

Tony L. McCollum ... Texas Motel Manager
Bobby Holcombe ... Texas Motel Security Guard

Stephen Mendillo ... Mickey Cochrane

Tom Todoroff ... Hall of Fame Announcer
Ernie Harwell ... Hall of Fame MC
Reid Cruickshanks ... Pie Traynor
Rath Shelton ... Paul Warner
Jim Shelton ... Lloyd Waner
Stacy Keach Sr. ... Jimmie Foxx
Clive Rosengren ... Hall of Fame Director
Lawrence 'Crash' Davis ... Sam Crawford
Tommy Bush ... Rogers Hornsby

Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw ... Cobb's Wife

Jimmy Buffett ... The Armless Guy
Michael H. Moss ... Lover
Janice Certain ... Cobb's Daughter

Bradley Whitford ... Process Server
Jeanne McCarthy ... Nurse
Patricia Forte ... Nurse
Toni Prima ... Hospital Receptionist

Michael Chieffo ... Young Doctor
Don Hood ... Older Doctor
Jennifer Decker ... Sportsman's Lounge Waitress
Bill Wittman ... Newsreel Narrator

Brian Patrick Mulligan ... Charlie Chaplin (as Brian Mulligan)

Jerry Hauck ... Handicapper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Gatlin ... Train Engineer (as Jerry J. Gatlin)
Richard Bak ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Harold G. Herthum ... (uncredited)
L. Gregory Joiner ... Jimmy / Angry Fan (uncredited)
Shannon McCrory ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Jim J. Poslof ... Harrahs Security Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Shelton 
Writing credits
Al Stump (article Ty Cobb's Wild Ten Month Fight to Live)

Al Stump (book "Cobb: A Biography")

Ron Shelton (screenplay)

Produced by
Kellie Davis .... co-associate producer
Karin Freud .... co-associate producer
David V. Lester .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Tom Todoroff .... associate producer
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd 
Film Editing by
Kimberly Ray 
Paul Seydor 
Casting by
Sally Lear 
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
Armin Ganz 
Scott Ritenour 
Art Direction by
Chas. Butcher 
Troy Sizemore 
Set Decoration by
Claire Jenora Bowin 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... makeup artist
Sterfon Demings .... hair stylist
William Howard .... hair stylist
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Pamela Priest .... hair stylist
Jeffrey Sacino .... hair stylist
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Production Management
Pat Kehoe .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
Eugene Corr .... second unit director
Jerry Gatlin .... second unit director (as Jerry J. Gatlin)
K.C. Hodenfield .... second assistant director
Mark Lyon .... 2nd assistant director: second unit
Maggie Murphy .... second second assistant director
Marc Sturdivant .... dga trainee
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director: second unit
Mark Lyon .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Wren Boney .... set dresser
Amy Feldman .... set dressing buyer
Ted Haigh .... graphic designer
Steven Kerlagon .... scenic charge
Ann Knight .... set buyer
Tony Kupersmith .... construction coordinator
Alba Leone .... lead person
Otto Lindsey .... set dresser
Alisa Lumbreras .... scenic foreperson
Jean-Paul Menard .... set dresser
Shana Sigmond .... buyer
Michael Thurman .... set dresser
Stan Tropp .... set designer
Butch West .... construction coordinator
Dwain Wilson .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... adr editor
Lance Brown .... sound editor
Kay Colvin .... utility sound
Joe Dorn .... adr supervisor
Bruce Fortune .... supervising sound editor
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
Frank A. Fuller Jr. .... sound editor
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
Jay Nierenberg .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Mychal Smith .... boom operator
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Shawn Sykora .... supervising foley editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Tim Tuchrello .... first assistant sound editor
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jan Aaris .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gil Gagnon .... associate producer: Cinesite
Sharon Smith Holley .... visual effects editor
Brad Kuehn .... digital effects supervisor
Gregory D. Liegey .... visual effects composite artist
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects
Stuart Mintz .... digital artist
Derek Spears .... animation technical supervisor
Doug Tubach .... digital compositor
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor
Edson Williams .... digital artist
Billy Bates .... stunts (as Bill Bates)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt coordinator (as Jerry J. Gatlin)
Clifford Happy .... stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Gene Hartline .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunts
Ethan Jensen .... stunts
Les Larson .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunts
Patricia Tallman .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunt double: Tommy Lee Jones (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Aguar .... grip
Jack Bauer .... best boy grip: second unit
Michael J. Conner .... additional grip: Detroit
Dan Cornwall .... electrician
Harry K. Garvin .... camera operator: second unit
Alex Jachno .... electrician
John Murphy .... dolly grip
Patrick Murray .... gaffer
Chad Rivetti .... film loader
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Tony Rivetti .... steadicam
Stephen St. John .... camera operator
Mark Vargo .... director of photography: second unit
Carl A. Vidnic .... electrician
Marc Wostak .... electrician
Casting Department
Matthew Barry .... casting assistant
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... location casting
Marjorie Noble .... additional casting
Paige Wilbanks .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James W. Gibbs .... wardrobe
Carlane Passman .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Avis Hope .... first assistant editor
Clay Rawlins .... assistant editor
Rebecca Weigold .... assistant editor
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... supervising music editor
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Richard A. Harrison .... assistant music editor (as Rich Harrison)
Joel Iwataki .... music mixer
Joel Iwataki .... music recordist
Todd Kasow .... music editor
John Moses .... clarinet: musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tim Abbatoye .... transportation captain: action unit
Michael Coady .... driver
Gary Duncan .... picture car coordinator
Troy Flynn .... driver
Mike Robinson .... captain
Other crew
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant
Jennifer Blair .... assistant production coordinator
James S. Burns .... assistant mr jones
Neill Calabro .... location scout assistant
Marjorie Chodorov .... assistant accountant
Christian Clarke .... set production assistant
Maureen 'Mo' Crutchfield .... first assistant accountant
Jeff Dash .... payroll accountant
Carlos Garcia .... caterer
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Michael Haro .... assistant location manager
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Gary Huckabay .... assistant location manager
Arthur J. Miller Jr. .... railroad coordinator: second unit, TN Valley PR Museum (as Art Miller)
Rob Ryder .... baseball consultant
Cathy Thomas .... production coordinator
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong language, and for scenes of nudity and violent behavior
128 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Despite how he was portrayed in the film, the real Mickey Cochrane was able to manage the Detroit Tigers to a playoff appearance and serve in WW II.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
[after Cobb stole third]
Opposing pitcher:Shoulda stuck it in that bastard's ear when I had the chance.
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Movie Connections:
References King Kong (1933)See more »
Bleeding Hearted BluesSee more »


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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A great story despite being a lot darker than most sports biographies, 7 February 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When sportswriter Al Stump is contracted to write the autobiography of baseball player Ty Cobb, he believes he has it made. Cobb had a reputation as a mean player who is cruel, bigoted and monstrous. Al quickly learns that this reputation was well earned and that Cobb is all the things that he is reputed to be. As the pair set off to Reno in a middle of a snowstorm, Cobb tells him the story of his life, although the bitter, angry mess that is Cobb tells him all he needs to know about the past.

When I sat to watch this film, I was aware that it was meant to be pretty harsh in terms of how it portrayed Cobb, but I didn't realise just how little of his career this film would touch upon. The film never shirks from showing Cobb to be the monstrous man he was claimed to be - either in his cruel career where he would sharpen his studs to hurt opponents or his personal life where he destroyed his family. Despite this the first half (and much of the film) is a fairly lively, almost comic affair that is deceptively enjoyable to watch. What this overall tone succeeds in doing is making the rest of the film that much more shocking and powerful as a result. The first significant turn is where Cobb gets `laid' in Reno - a moment that turns quickly from sensitive and comic to violent and scary and then almost immediately to the tragic.

This film missed out on a full cinematic release due to harsh reviews, but I really don't understand why it got them. The only thing I can think of is that the reviewers felt this was an unfair portrayal of Cobb; I do not know anything about him, nor do I care about baseball as a sport so maybe I am being conned by this film but it is certainly a very interesting character who is looked at as part of an interesting and imaginative film. The film doesn't look very much at Ty's career but instead focuses on the man - this is much more interesting and it is done through straightforward means as well as more imaginative touches such as the extension of the career newsreel to Ty's low points.

The film really works well, but I cannot imagine it being as good were it not for the fiery performance from Jones. I don't know how close it is to the real Cobb, but for the material he gets it just right. He balances the character on a knife-edge to the point that nobody could really feel sorry for him but at the same time it is difficult to hate him. Support from Wuhl is OK but not really as good - he wisely stands in the shadow of Jones. The support cast do well, with a small but important performance from Davidovich.

Overall, this is much darker than I expected from a baseball film from Shelton; however it is better for it. I cannot comment on how fair it is to the real Cobb, but regardless of this it is a really enjoyable character piece with a great central performance. It keeps the audience by swinging wildly between the comic, the dark and the tragic, keeping us with it all the time. It is a dark drama but still enjoyable and sadly great underrated and underseen.

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