League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

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Director: Penny Marshall, Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty

Cast: Penny Marshall, Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty

     
 

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The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far away in Europe and Asia fighting World War II. The league flourished until after World War II, when, with the men's return, the league was consigned to oblivion. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel

Overview

The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far away in Europe and Asia fighting World War II. The league flourished until after World War II, when, with the men's return, the league was consigned to oblivion. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel re-create the wartime era when women's baseball looked to stand a good chance of sweeping the country. The story begins as a candy-bar tycoon enlists agents to scour the country to find women who could play ball. In the backwoods of Oregon, two sisters -- Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty) -- are discovered. Dottie can hit and catch, while Kit can throw a mean fastball. The girls come to Chicago to try out for the team with other prospects that include their soon-to-be-teammates Mae Mordabito (Madonna), Doris Murphy (Rosie O'Donnell), and Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh). The team's owner, Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall) needs someone to coach his team and he picks one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), who is now a broken-down alcoholic. After a few weeks of training, as Dugan sobers up, the team begins to show some promise. By the end of the season, the team has improved to the point where they are competing in the World Series (which is no big deal, since there are only four teams in the league).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Too sentimental by half, and at the same time completely disarming entertainment, Penny Marshall's film scores points for drawing attention to a chapter of sports history many people didn't even know existed. The baseball scenes are remarkably authentic-looking, and the production design is just right, without drawing too much unnecessary attention. Marshall has assembled a top-flight cast as well, with Geena Davis and Tom Hanks adding unlimited charisma to their wonderfully comic performances. The first hour is genuinely superb, briskly paced and filled with humorous vignettes. The second hour succumbs to syrupy bonding and overstates its emotions, but the film retains its good nature -- difficult to pass up as a worthy Hollywood confection. The film was a huge summer hit, and paid off with its casting of Davis, who stepped in after Debra Winger reportedly turned down the role (rumor has it she was turned off by the casting of Madonna in a supporting role). A failed TV series followed shortly after, but didn't create nearly as much buzz.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers

Lots of laughs, lots of heart and very little sermonizing.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The movie has a real bittersweet charm.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0043396392717
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
613

Special Features

Director and Cast Commentary featuring Penny Marshall, Lori Petty, Megan Cavanagh and Tracy Reiner; 15 Deleted Scenes with Introductions from Director Penny Marshall; Nine Memorable Innings Documentary Featuring Interviews with the Cast and Filmmakers; Madonna's "This Used to Be My Playground" Music Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geena Davis Dottie Hinson
Tom Hanks Jimmy Dugan
Lori Petty Kit Keller
Madonna Mae Mordabito
Jon Lovitz Ernie Capadino
Rosie O'Donnell Doris Murphy
Bill Pullman Bob Hinson
David Strathairn Ira Lowenstein
Garry Marshall Walter Harvey
Megan Cavanagh Marla Hooch
Renee Coleman Alice Gaspers
Ann Cusack Shirley Baker
Anne Ramsay Helen Haley
Tracy Reiner Betty Horn
Bitty Schram Evelyn Gardner
Freddie Simpson Ellen Sue Gotlander
Pauline Brailsford Miss Cuthbert
Justin Scheller Stilwell
Eddie Jones Dave Hooch
Lynn Cartwright Older Dottie
Douglas Blakeslee 1st Doris Fan
Dolores "Pickles" Dries Lady in Bleachers
Lisa Hand Shelly Adlard
Cheryl Jones Vickie Buse
Ellen Lewis Actor
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Actor
Shelly Niemeyer KC Carr
Sally Rutherford Julie Croteau
Wantland L. Sandel Doctor
Lita Scmitt Tonya Gilles Koch
Joey Slotnick 2nd Doris Fan
Neezer Tarleton Neezer Dalton
Amanda Walker Kirsten Gretick
Brenda Watson Stacey Gustaferro
Patricia J. Wilson Older Marla
Robin Knight "Beans" Babbitt
Patti Pelton Marbleann Wilkenson
Kelli Simpkins Beverly Dixon
Connie Pounds-Taylor Connie Calhoun
Kathleen Marshall "Mumbles" Brockman
Sharon Szmidt Vivian Ernst
Alan Wilder Nelson
R.M. Haley Empathetic Umpire
Don S. Davis Racine Coach Charlie
Janet Jones Racine Pitcher
Brenda Ferrari Racine Pitcher
Téa Leoni Racine 1B
Laurel Cronin Maida Gilespie
Robert Stanton Western Union Man
Joe Krowka Heckler
Harry Shearer Newsreel Announcer
Blair Baron Margaret
Ryan Howell Jeffrey
Brian Boru Gleeson Bobby
David Franks Vacuum Salesman
Ryan Olsen Dollbody Kid
Ellie Weingardt Charm School Instructor
Larissa Collins Charm School Assistant
Brian Flannery 1st Autograph Kid
Stephen Feagley 2nd Autograph Kid
Rae Allen Ma Keller
Eddie Mekka Mae's Guy in Bar
Stephen Mailer Kit's Date in Bar
Ray Chapman Ticket Scalper
Joette Hodgen Opera Singer
Kathleen Butler Older Kit
Eunice Anderson Older Mae
Vera Johnson Older Doris
Mark Holton Older Stilwell
Barbara Erwin Older Shirley
Betty Miller Older Betty
Eugenia McLin Older Elle Sue
Barbara Pilavin Gelber Older Helen
Marvin Einhorn Older Ira
Shirley Burkovich Older Alice
Cherry Jones Additional Player
Gregory Sporleder Mitch Swaley

Technical Credits
Penny Marshall Director,Executive Producer
Elliot Abbott Producer
Adam Bernardi Editor
George Bowers Editor
Kelly Candaele Original Story,Producer
Cynthia Flynt Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Galvin Art Director
Lowell Ganz Screenwriter
Robert Greenhut Producer
Bill Groom Production Designer
Joseph Hartwick Co-producer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Lemisch Associate Producer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
William Pace Co-producer
Kim Wilson Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Yada Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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A League of Their Own 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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This movie rocked & I loved the fact that it clicked in to a whole new change where women were seen as just house wives until a bunch of men decided to cash in on female baseball players and it turns out rather then kicking them all out after the men come back home they chose to let them stay and creat the world's first female baseball league! This proves that every1's equal! Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to play softball. This movie is the history of softball. It is so cool how they recuited girls to play. I believe that it always helps to know about softball because most people think that girls cannt do anything. Well I hate those people girls were playing softball great. I dont know how I would live wothout this book. It's history and intersting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite baseball movies of all time along with Rookie of the Year , The Sandlot , Bad News Bears and now A League of their Own. I've been waiting a long time to own it. I first saw it on the hbo channel back in the summer of 2000 and six years later I recently bought the dvd. It was the !st edition witch simply missing alot of things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is EXCELLENT I love it! Penny Marshall did a great job of telling the story - based on truth - of the women's baseball league that most people had never heard about. My mom was one of the first 4 women to sign up for the league (there is a photo of them in the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York). When I was a little girl in Maryland I told kids my mom played baseball professionally & they didn't believe me. In 1991 When Mom & I heard Madonna was signed up to act in it we were worried but Madonna's part turned out to be perfect. I remember Mom hearing Penny Marshall saying that lots of the acting was ad-lib but she wanted to keep the PG rating & Madonna doesn't get PG ratings by ad-libbing so a lot of Madonna's ad-libbing ended up being cut. During the filming, my mom went up to bat and the outfielders knew she was one of the first players so they all moved in as if she wouldn't hit very far. She was 69 years old at the time. When she slammed the first pitch the outfielders all moved back out. When she really slammed the next pitch the ball hit the movie cameras and Penny Marshall said, "Claire, don't break the equipment!" I was an extra in the film for 3 days but even if you know where to watch for me and you blink, sneeze or leave before every single credit rolls up at the end, you'll miss me. Bringing all those former players together for the film was tremendous service to those women and I am proud of & grateful to Penny Marshall for creating this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when I was in like 5th grade. I was able to enjoy it at that very day and age for me it was a really big treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good film with some memorable moments like a famous quote said by Tom Hanks. This is the story of two sisters that join a baseball team. Great performances by the cast and the ending was sweet. Recommend seeing the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rates in my heart as one of the most entertaining films to come along in the last 20 years. Take a ''dream team'' cast of Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz, and music superstar Madonna, a brilliant script, solid cinematography, and Voila! You get ''League Of Their Own.'' This is a movie that the whole family can enjoy, even people who maybe arent big baseball buffs, or big Maddona fans for that matter. I do have to say that Madonna is terrific in this movie, I think her performance is just as solid as Hanks and Davis. My ONLY gripe with this movie is actually with the motion picture soundtrack. One of the best songs in the film was Madonna's ''This Used to be my Playground,'' which was played during the closing credits, yet it did not appear on the soundtrack. This is probably due to label lawyers who are experts at taking the fun out of everything. But as far as the movie itself goes, it is simply brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when it came out and I just loved it. Everyone in it was just wonderful. And Penny Marshall couldn't have given Madonna a better role to play. It suits her perfectly! Years after I saw this movie, I did a research paper for school about women's baseball and I was amazed at how accurate this movie really is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of this movie I thought it would not be worth my time(maybe as you are thinking now) After my sister made me watch it I found myself laughing time and time again. It is an amazing film and I know you will enjoy it too. Plus you can watch it with your family, they will love it too. Two Thumbs way up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hanks stars as Jimmy Dugan, a washed up ballplayer who's big league days are over. Hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball league of 1943-while the male pros are at war-Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his "all-girl" team. Teammates Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O'Donnell round out the roster, taking the team to the World Series. Based on the true storu of the pioneering women who blazed the trail -- on the fields and off -- for generations of athletes, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN is "a home run!" Great for the whole family for seeing a baseball movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
A League of their own was the best movie i have ever seen. It was so touching,and inspiring. I felt so sad at the end when one of their players of Peaches died. It was funny too.
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This movie hits every emotional level. It's an amazing movie based on a true story about the Girls Baseball League and the trying times of World War II. This movie is absolutely wonderful and one of my all-time favorites...I highly recommend it.
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