Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.


Arthur Hiller


John Fusco
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Babe Ruth
Kelly McGillis ... Claire Ruth
Trini Alvarado ... Helen Ruth
Bruce Boxleitner ... Jumpin' Joe Dugan
Peter Donat ... Frazee
James Cromwell ... Brother Mathias
J.C. Quinn ... Jack Dunn
Joseph Ragno ... Huggins (as Joe Ragno)
Richard Tyson ... Guy Bush
Ralph Marrero Ralph Marrero ... Ping
Robert Swan ... George Ruth Sr. (as Bob Swan)
Bernard Kates Bernard Kates ... Colonel Ruppert
Michael McGrady ... Lou Gehrig
Stephen Caffrey ... Johnny Sylvester (at 30)
Gene Ross ... Brother Paul


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.


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


Every ballpark except Fenway Park was portrayed by Wrigley Field (Cubs fans can tell just by looking at how the grass is cut by 1st and 3rd base). See more »


The film portrays Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as being enemies from the start. That is, in fact, not the case. When Gehrig first joined the Yankees, he and Ruth got along famously. They would often go on fishing trips and barnstorming tours together in the off season. The Ruth-Gehrig Feud did not start until after Gehrig had married Eleanor Twitchell in 1933. See more »


Harry Frazee, Red Sox Owner: Half of everything I own just went down the drain with the "Gladiators of Broadway". The other half, is in the pocket of The Sultan of Swat, and he wants a raise and his own suites during road games.
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Glossy biopic with a standout lead
6 May 2001 | by mar9See all my reviews

John Goodman steamrolls his way through this film, with just about everyone else pushed into the background.

Purists no doubt will cane this film for historical inaccuracies. Heck, I'm from another country and know jack about baseball, but 15 minutes on the Internet was enough to show me that the film took serious short-cuts with Babe's life and career, not to mention a number of errors and distortions of fact.

Does this matter? Well, yes, probably. But you have to feel for the filmmakers. How do you condense a 20-year sporting career, not to mention a study of a complex and flawed individual, into a couple of hours of cinema? It's not easy, and the film suffers from events that are merely touched on Example 1: Ruth is introduced to mobsters in a speakeasy, but this seems to lead nowhere. The obvious question is: what happened next?. Example 2: The conflict between Ruth and Lou Gehrig is not portrayed accurately, and its resolution is not shown at all.

An excess of sentiment also hurts the film. There are moments that look like cliched scenes from countless other sporting movies - especially the sick kiddie in hospital extracting a promise of 2 home runs from Ruth, who dutifully delivers, and the same kiddie, now fully recovered and grown up, showing up at Ruth's swansong. It's emotionally manipulative film-making and I regret to say it works, but it also pulls this film back from greatness.

All up, just above average, unlike its subject matter.

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Release Date:

17 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,011,205, 19 April 1992

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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