A League of Their OwnDirector: Penny Marshall
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).
Lots of laughs, lots of heart and very little sermonizing.
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- Sony Pictures
Cast & Crew
|Geena Davis||Dottie Hinson|
|Tom Hanks||Jimmy Dugan|
|Lori Petty||Kit Keller|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Harry Shearer||Newsreel Announcer|
|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|
|Penny Marshall||Director,Executive Producer|
|Kelly Candaele||Original Story,Producer|
|Cynthia Flynt||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tim Galvin||Art Director|
|Bill Groom||Production Designer|
|Les Lazarowitz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Amy Lemisch||Associate Producer|
|Kim Wilson||Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Hans Zimmer||Score Composer|
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.