League of Their Own

League of Their Own

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Director: Penny Marshall

Cast: 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… See more details below

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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 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).

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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:
06/24/1994
UPC:
0043396512238
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

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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