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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):
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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)
Gregory Joiner ... Jimmy / Angry Fan (uncredited)
Shannon McCrory ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Jim J. Poslof ... Harrahs Security Man (uncredited)

Raymond Scanlon ... Extra - Fan (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 .... 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
Donald k Cochran .... special effects crew
Donald K. Cochran .... 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
Art Newkirk .... 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
Ryan Parks .... assistant camera
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
Location Management
Neill Calabro .... location scout assistant
Michael Haro .... assistant location manager
Gary Huckabay .... assistant location manager
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
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
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Tommy Lee Jones had broken his leg prior to filming. He performed most of his role in a cast. The scene in the ballgame was shot last, when he had regained some mobility.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 »
[Cobb narrates a lengthy lambasting of Babe Ruth into a tape recorder]
Al Stump:Come on, Ty, aren't you going to give Ruth credit for anything?
Ty Cobb:(pauses) He could run okay for a fat man.
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Movie Connections:
References King Kong (1933)See more »
The Way You Look TonightSee more »


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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The closest thing to the truth as I have seen, 22 May 2006
Author: The_Juggalo5588 from United States

when was in a movie rental store around the age of 8 I had no idea what in the world a movie titled Cobb could possibly be about. At that time my first thought was that it was about some horror movie slasher film in a corn field due to the dark movie cover and the cold looking man on the cover. Although the cover has changed since then I was only surprised to learn that it was about a baseball player later on in my life around the age of 15. However it was about a cold looking, and not to mention cruel acting man. It was almost scary the way this man viewed life. Almost abusively portrayed through the incredible skill of Tommy Lee Jones.

No one could have possibly played this role with enough conviction and energy as the man they cast. He was vigorous, violent, and energetic and in every way fit for this part. I disagree with another commentators comment that Robert Wuhl's character was dry and lacking. In that I also say that I saw much more in that character than most people give him credit for. This film carry's you from a wretched, sick old man in the boondocks to a wild, wary, warrior of life fighting and dominating every aspect of life that he cared to pursue. Tommy lee Jones did an incredible job at playing a hated, yet respected character in that stone cold role of Tyrus Raymond Cobb. I found this film most moving, and although at times I could not believe the wake left in his trail I had to tip my hat to a man who kept fighting right up to the last minute of his life.

I later read the biography "Cobb:a biography by Al Stump" and reading of his wild nature in that book I knew that the role had been attacked with a savage ferocity. No matter who you are don't look at this film as something to criticize, but more as something to educate yourself on a man who never gave up, and lived his life without ever giving inch without fighting for it. He set records and he turned some heads in the process.

Go into this movie with an open perspective instead of the love hate attitude that most have for films. For if a film was about you loving or hating a character or a part of a movie you might miss the whole point of the film. The point of this film clearly established that he was hated, and he owed that to no one other than himself. I was moved, wowed, amazed, and shaken by this film simply from the acting alone. it's worth watching at least once. and lastly i must say comparing this to the real story that this movie was as close to the truth of any portrayal of any life as any i have seen. ***1/2 out of *****

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