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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.

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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babe See more »

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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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Trivia

The transportation scenes were filmed at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illionis. The museum's Frisco 1630 steam locomotive and the observation car "Inglehome" were used. The museum's 1859 Chicago horse car was moved to Chicago's Webster Street for a cameo role as a Baltimore horse-drawn tram in the segment about Ruth's childhood days. See more »

Goofs

The typefaces for numbers on the Wrigley Field scoreboard (shown when Ruth homers off Charlie Root in the 1932 World Series) use the Federal Highway Administration Series D and E standard alphabets, which weren't created until 1942 and adopted until 1950. 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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Crazy Credits

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

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Version of The Babe Ruth Story (1948) See more »

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Three and Two Blues
Written and Performed by Ari Brown
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An excuse to cast John Goodman?
23 August 2004 | by paulo20See all my reviews

I can't help but wonder if this film wasn't made more from an excuse to cash in on the popularity of John Goodman at the time of this film than an honest desire to portray the baseball icon. It would certainly explain the film's inaccuracies and rushed feel. I remember that around that time (late 80's, early 90s), Goodman seemed to be fairly popular. Can it be coincidence that somebody wanted to make a film about Babe Ruth at around the same time Goodman started receiving recognition in Hollywood? Honestly, I don't think so. At any rate, Goodman is miscast as Ruth. For one thing, Ruth wasn't really fat; more like broad and stocky. He was quite athletic and able to play the field - remember, there was no such thing as a designated hitter back then. In other words, offense isn't the only part of baseball; Ruth played defense too. Does this film ever show Ruth in the outfield? Can't say for sure because I didn't really watch the entire thing, but it's hard to imagine paunchy John Goodman fielding fly balls. The other thing is Goodman is simply unlikeable as Ruth. As we can see from film footage (including Pride of the Yankees), the real Ruth was energetic and charismatic. Goodman's Ruth is simply loud, crass and grating.


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