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Cobb (1994)

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A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is.

Director:

Ron Shelton

Writers:

Al Stump (article), Al Stump (book) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Ty Cobb
Robert Wuhl ... Al Stump
Lolita Davidovich ... Ramona
Ned Bellamy ... Ray
Scott Burkholder ... Jimmy
Allan Malamud Allan Malamud ... Mud
Bill Caplan Bill Caplan ... Bill
Jeff Fellenzer Jeff Fellenzer ... Sportswriter
Doug Krikorian Doug Krikorian ... Sportswriter
Gavin Smith 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 Tyler Logan Cobb ... Young Ty
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Storyline

Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ball-player ever,' in his words. However, when Stump spends time with Cobb, interviewing him and beginning to write, he realizes that the general public opinion is largely correct. In Stump's presence, Cobb is angry, violent, racist, misogynistic, and incorrigibly abusive to everyone around him. Torn between printing the truth by plumbing the depths of Cobb's dark soul and grim childhood, and succumbing to Cobb's pressure for a whitewash of his character and a simple baseball tale of his greatness, Stump writes two different books. One book is for Cobb, the other for the public. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Taglines:

Everyone hated this baseball legend. And he loved it.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and for scenes of nudity and violent behavior | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When stump asks for a stock tip he is told to buy coke stock as it is about to come out in cans and he says coke in cans I don't believe so. This movie takes place in 1960 and coke first came out in cans in 1955. See more »

Quotes

[to the umpire]
Ty Cobb: How do you do, Cyclops?
Umpire: Shut up, Cobb.
Ty Cobb: You're missing an excellent ballgame.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are complete and the screen is black, Jones is heard to say "Baseball was 100% of my life." See more »

Connections

Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

At a Georgia Camp Meeting
Written by Fred Mills, Herman Darewski
Conducted by Artie Butler
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User Reviews

 
athlete-hero as sonofabitch
2 June 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

If this movie exaggerates the nastiness of Ty Cobb, his descendants could sue. Then again if the movie is accurate, his descendants clearly despise him as much as anyone else. The weirdly symbiotic relationship between Cobb and his hapless biographer Aaron Stump is engrossing to watch, but it is Tommy Lee Jones' performance that makes the movie. The performance borders on chewing up the scenery, but it's mesmerizing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cobb - Desejo de Glória See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,786, 4 December 1994

Gross USA:

$1,007,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,007,583
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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