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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 »
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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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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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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,007,583
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ty Cobb's hometown of Royston, Georgia is twenty miles from Demorest, Georgia; the hometown of professional baseball player Johnny Mize. Mize was a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and New York Yankees. He played in the Major Leagues from 1936 through 1953, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. 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 a teammate who just struck out]
Ty Cobb: Who signed you?
Teammate: Go to hell, Cobb.
Ty Cobb: Who did that?
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Crazy Credits

The latter half of the credits has a voiceover by Jones, narrating as Cobb, regarding the finer points of batting and other aspects of baseball, and how he regretted not going to college, and should have been a doctor. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.220 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way You Look Tonight
Written by Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields
Performed by The Jaguars
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co. Inc.
By Arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment/Celebrity Licencing Inc.
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Tommy Lee Jones at his Best
5 March 1999 | by michaelfSee all my reviews

This little seen film has Tommy Lee Jones giving one of the best performances of his career. It is a shame that the film was given only a limited release with no advertising budget. I know of many who wanted to see this movie, but it was in and out of the theaters before they could notice.

"Cobb" gets one of my highest recommendations. No Jones fan can justify not seeing this movie.


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