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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, 17 April 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,530,973
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, "Jumping" Joe Dugan is portrayed as Ruth's teammate and mentor since Ruth's rookie year in Boston in 1914. In real life, Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees in 1920. Joe Dugan didn't join the Red Sox until 1922 and the two weren't teammates until Dugan was traded to the Yankees midway through the 1922 season. See more »

Goofs

When Ruth asks Colonel Rupert to be made manager of the Yankees or to be released from his contract, Ruth states that Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker are managing. However, the scene takes place in 1934, the year the Yankees released Ruth; both Cobb and Speaker ceased to be managers after the 1926 season, and both were out of the Major Leagues entirely after 1928. Furthermore, Ruth states that he knew the Colonel was looking for a new manager. On his way to managing the Yankees to their fourth consecutive season of at least 90 wins late in the 1934 season, McCarthy's job was never in jeopardy and, in fact, he went on to manage the Yankees for another 12 years. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Sylvester: You are the best, you are the best there's ever been.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1992 (1993) 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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People expected too much from this film
20 August 2003 | by chrislovessherrySee all my reviews

"The Babe" was a wonderful film. If critics want to nitpick it by commenting on the "authenticity" of the film like saying that all the games were played on the same field just re-organized, and making negative comments about about the film portraying the "dark side" of Babe Ruth, etc, I guess that's fine, but give the film what it deserves. First of all, John Goodman did an amazing job.

The truth is that Babe was a very confused person. He is probably baseball's greatest legend, but he did have some serious problems with women and alcohol. His childhood was a mess in many ways. He didn't know how to be married or to be a Father to a child. Everyone has issues. Accept the documented facts that he was not an angel. He had a huge heart and loved to do things for people. He also had his own demons to overcome and most of us do. I know that the film added a few things that may or may not have happened and I know that many things were left out, but unfortunately this is the way it has to be in ALL films like this. There is NO way to capture every single thing that the Babe ever did in less than 2 hours. They just have to do the best job they can with the time they have to work with.

This film was genuinely uplifting and to all who only saw the negative side of this film, shame on you. John Goodman is a huge Babe fan and even he felt that this was an acurate portrayal of the Bambino. The film is inspiring, positive for the most part and it's made me feel good every time I've seen it.


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