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The Babe (1992)

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

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

John Fusco
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

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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Trivia

Like the film "The Babe Ruth Story", this film perpetuates the myth that Babe Ruth dramatically pointed to center filed and "called his shot" in the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. In reality, Ruth did not actually point to the stands. According to both Yankees and Cubs players who were still living and interviewed over the years, they said that while Ruth was at bat, the Cubs players were razzing him on each strike, to which Ruth sarcastically held up a finger for each strike (as shown in the movie) as if to say "It's only strike one", "It's only strike two". Then, according to Cubs catcher, Gabby Harnett, Ruth said "It only takes one to hit it." Ruth called his shot in the sense that he predicted that he was going to hit a home run. But he never actually pointed as shown in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The position of Babe's fingers on the champagne glass during the Frazee-hosted party. See more »

Quotes

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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We All Miss You Ralph ["Ralph" = Ralph Marrero, who died before the film's release] See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Superman: The 1975 Musical (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Muskrat Ramble
Written by Kid Ory (as Edward Ory) and Ray Gilbert
Performed by Steve Jensen and The Bistro Band
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Interesting Movie with to much exaggeration of the truth
18 September 2005 | by rmurchSee all my reviews

While I enjoyed the movie and John Goodman's performance, The Babe's weight was never near that of John and made him look like a lumbering athlete, which in fact he was not. While the Babe was not a role model, he was truly a hero ............. then and now.

He did not make the comments about Lou Gehrig shown in the movie. His problem with Lou Gehrig had to do with a party his wife went to ahead of the when Lou got to the party and Gehrig was upset his wife might have been intimate with The Babe, which is doubtful. Ruth and Gehrig had been close friends until Lou got jealous.

The Babe was not a bumbler on the ball field, only in life, due to his lack of class, which was caused by the lack of a loving family. He did have a great care for children, due his lack of having that during his upbringing. It was a good movie in terms of many things, but left those who have read the read biographies of The Babe, disappointed with how the so called facts were presented. The Babe will live on long after this movie, which I avoided for many years, due to figuring it was tainted ............. and it was, very tainted. I do have to say I still enjoyed most of the movie. Like many biographies to much poetic license was taken.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

Gross USA:

$17,530,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,930,973
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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