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A League of Their Own (1992)

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Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director:

Penny Marshall

Writers:

Kim Wilson (story), Kelly Candaele (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Jimmy Dugan
Geena Davis ... C Dottie Hinson
Lori Petty ... P Kit Keller
Madonna ... C F Mae Mordabito
Rosie O'Donnell ... 3B Doris Murphy
Megan Cavanagh ... 2B Marla Hooch
Tracy Reiner ... LF / P Betty Horn
Bitty Schram ... RF Evelyn Gardner
Ann Cusack ... LF Shirley Baker
Anne Ramsay ... 1B Helen Haley (as Anne Elizabeth Ramsay)
Freddie Simpson ... SS / P Ellen Sue Gotlander
Renée Coleman ... LF / C Alice Gaspers (as Renee Coleman)
Robin Knight Robin Knight ... SS 'Beans' Babbitt
Patti Pelton Patti Pelton ... 2B Marbleann Wilkenson
Kelli Simpkins ... OF Beverly Dixon
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Storyline

During World War II when all the men are fighting the war, most of the jobs that were left vacant because of their absence were filled in by women. The owners of the baseball teams, not wanting baseball to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. So scouts are sent all over the country to find women players. One of the scouts, passes through Oregon and finds a woman named Dottie Hinson, who is incredible. He approaches her and asks her to try out but she's not interested. However, her sister, Kit who wants to get out of Oregon, offers to go. But he agrees only if she can get her sister to go. When they try out, they're chosen and are on the same team. Jimmy Dugan, a former player, who's now a drunk, is the team manager. But he doesn't feel as if it's a real job so he drinks and is not exactly doing his job. So Dottie steps up. After a few months when it appears the girls are not garnering any attention, the league is facing closure till Dottie does something that ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Once in a lifetime you get a chance to do something different. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un equipo muy especial See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$107,533,928

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$132,440,069
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

David L. Lander, who has an uncredited role as a game announcer, is a real-life baseball fanatic, who later became a scout for the Anaheim Angels. He is also a veteran of Penny Marshall's Laverne & Shirley (1976) series. See more »

Goofs

The pitchers are clearly seen using an overhand delivery. But the movie takes place during the AAGPBL's first year, 1943, when the game more resembled fast-pitch softball than baseball and an underhand delivery was used. Overhand pitching wasn't accepted as standard in the league until the late-1940s. See more »

Quotes

Walter Harvey: You kind of let me down on that San Antonio job.
Jimmy Dugan: I, uh, yeh, I, uh... I freely admit, sir, I had no right to... sell off the team's equipment like that; that won't happen again.
Walter Harvey: Let me be blunt. Are you still a fall-down drunk?
Jimmy Dugan: Well, that is blunt. Ahem. No sir, I've, uh, quit drinking.
Walter Harvey: You've seen the error of your ways.
Jimmy Dugan: No, I just can't afford it.
[giggles]
Walter Harvey: It's funny to you. Your drinking is funny. You're a young man, Jimmy: you still could be playing, if you just would've laid off the booze.
Jimmy Dugan:
Walter Harvey:
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Crazy Credits

As the real-life players' scenes play out, the final lines are given to an umpire whose call of "strike" is questioned. He retorts, "This is *my* opinion! Yesterday that might have been a ball, tomorrow that might be a ball, but today it's a strike." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Apprentice: Blown Away (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

This Used to Be My Playground
Written and Produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone
Performed by Madonna
Courtesy of Sire Records
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A Simple but effective Movie
23 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

Set at the start of World War 2, Geena Davis and Lori Petty are recruited to the first professional baseball league for women. The sisters struggle to keep the league going against the odds, while their own personal rivalry begins to escalate.

I don't pretend to know much about baseball, so if this element is poor i wouldn't really notice, but i did feel that it was a good setting for the story.

Quite touching and well directed, i was surprised how compelling this movie was. All in all the strong cast and pleasant script makes this a good movie, with a little for everyone.

8/10


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