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What does a biographer do when the truth about his subject is far less pleasant than the legend? That is the moral dilemma at the heart of Cobb, which explores the lives of both baseball's premier hitter, Ty Cobb (Tommy Lee Jones), and the sportswriter assigned to set his story down, Al Stump (Robert Wuhl). Stump arrives at the Tahoe home of the dying Cobb to write the official life story of the first man inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. He finds a drunken, misanthropic, bitter racist who abuses his biographer as well as everyone else. Stump must either candycoat his subject's life or present an accurate picture of a disgusting man who happened to become an American sports hero. The movie's biting focus on Cobb, ferociously performed by Jones, is not matched by its weaker representation of Stump, an imbalance which ultimately weakens the film's overall effect.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/1997
UPC: 0085391336532
Original Release: 1994
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones Ty Cobb
Robert Wuhl Al Stump
Lolita Davidovich Ramona
Lou Myers Willie
Stephen Mendillo Mickey Cochrane
William Utay Jameson
J. Kenneth Campbell Prof. Cobb
Rhoda Griffis Ty's Mother
Allan Malamud Mud
Reynaldo Rey Actor
Grace Zabriskie Actor
Ned Bellamy Ray
Scott Burkholder Jimmy
Bill Caplan Bill
George Rafferty Teammate
Fred Lewis Philly Fan
Artie Butler Harrah's Bartender
George Wilbur Casino Security Man
Steven Brown Husband at Motel
Dana Hill Wife at Motel
Ernie Harwell Hall of Fame MC
Reid Cruickshanks Pie Traynor
Clive Rosengren Hall of Fame Director
Jimmy Buffett The armless guy
Bradley Whitford Process Server
Jeanne McCarthy Nurse
Michael Chieffo Young Doctor
Don Hood Older Doctor
Bill Wittman Newsreel Narrator
Eloy Casados Louis Prima
Michael H. Moss Lover

Technical Credits
Ron Shelton Director,Screenwriter
John Blake Makeup
Claire Jenora Bowin Set Decoration/Design
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
Charles Butcher Art Director
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Fredburg Special Effects
Armin Ganz Production Designer
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
David Lester Producer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Ve Neill Makeup
Kimberly Ray Editor
Scott Ritenour Production Designer
Paul Seydor Editor
Troy Sizemore Art Director
Victoria Thomas Casting

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