The Babe

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John Goodman is cast as the Sultan of Swat, whose excesses -- especially drinking -- and private demons can in this context be excused in view of his genuine love of baseball. The facts never get in the way of a good story for screenwriter John Fusco; we're even offered the umpteenth rehash of "Little Johnny," the largely fanciful tale of the invalid boy who promises to get well if Babe hits him a homer as in Pride of the Yankees, the cured Johnny makes return a appearance as grownup. The most amusing fabrication...
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John Goodman is cast as the Sultan of Swat, whose excesses -- especially drinking -- and private demons can in this context be excused in view of his genuine love of baseball. The facts never get in the way of a good story for screenwriter John Fusco; we're even offered the umpteenth rehash of "Little Johnny," the largely fanciful tale of the invalid boy who promises to get well if Babe hits him a homer as in Pride of the Yankees, the cured Johnny makes return a appearance as grownup. The most amusing fabrication is the casting of narrow James Cromwell as the Babe's orphanage mentor Brother Mathias, who in real life weighed 300 pounds. Many of the characters are composites, notably Bruce Boxleitner's Jumpin' Joe Dugan. At least Ruth's two wives--Trini Alvarado as Helen, who suffers Babe's many peccadilloes and dies under strange circumstances, and Kelly McGillis as Claire, who keeps Babe on a very short leash-are depicted with a modicum of accuracy. The baseball sequences are well handled though there could have been less slo-mo while Elmer Bernstein's charmingly old-fashioned musical score is right in tune with the film's approach to its subject. The Babe is rated PG; had this been the whole truth and nothing but, and R rating would probably have been in order.
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  • Release Date: 7/1/1997
  • UPC: 096898128636
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

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Performance Credits
John Goodman George Herman "Babe" Ruth
Kelly McGillis Claire Hodgeson-Ruth
Trini Alvarado Helen Woodford-Ruth
Bruce Boxleitner Jumpin' Joe Dugan
Peter Donat Harry Frazee
James Cromwell Brother Mathias
J.C. Quinn Jack Dunn
Bernard Kates Colonel Jacob Ruppert
Michael McGrady Lou Gehrig
Stephen Caffrey Johnny Sylvester, age 30
James Andelin Asa
Daniel Anderson Bistro Band
W. Earl Brown Herb Pennock
Larry Cedar Forbes Field Announcer
Shannon Cochran Flapper
Ron Dean Umpire Owens
James Deuter Society Man
Matt Doherty Boy in Car
James "Ike" Eichling Cigar Smoker
Ralph Foody Pittsburgh Man
Danny Goldring Carrigan
Brett Hadley 1st Umpire
Irma P. Hall Fanny Baily
Harry Hutchinson Tris Speaker
Roy Hytower Elevator Operator
Beep Iams Boy at St. Mary's
Alan Johnson Orphanage Reporter
Ken Kells 2nd Umpire
Steve King Fuchs
Michael Krawic Theatergoer
Dana Lubotsky Julia
Ralph Marrero Francesco Stephano "Ping Bodie" Pezzolo
Michael Nicolosi Jimmy Colosimmo
William J. Norris Fedoras
Jim Ortlieb Scribe
Michael Papajohn Heckler
Rick Reardon Ernie Shore
Hank Robinson 4th Umpire
Gene Ross Brother Paul
Nicholas Rudall Brother Malcolm
Ned Schmidtke Hospital Reporter
Peter Siragusa Umpire Hildebrand
Albert B. Smith Speakeasy Band
Shirley Spiegler-Jacobs Woman in Coffee Shop
Bob Swan George Ruth Sr.
Meg Thalken Johnny's Nurse
Richard Tyson Guy Bush
John Webb Eddie
Ron West Spectator
Laura Whyte Mrs. Ballister
Jeffrey Wiseman Boy at St. Mary's
Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Walter Coblenz Executive Producer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
William Finnegan Executive Producer
John Fusco Producer, Screenwriter
Erica Hiller Associate Producer
Robert Jones Editor
Jim Van Wyck Co-producer
James D. Vance Production Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Entertaiment

    In spite of the Movie Guide's less than glowing review of the films portrayal of the Babe's personal life, (undoubtedly true), the film's depiction of Babe Ruth's accomplishments even in his less than glorious waning years is worth watching. Evidently the Babe had a never give up spirit that all ages can admire to accompany his extrordinary baseball skills. The performance by John Goodman as Babe Ruth was worthy of an Oscar, and worth viewing the film for that alone. This is equal to the film,The Natural and perhaps better simply because it was based on a real person.

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