The Babe

The Babe

Director: Arthur Hiller Cast: John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, Trini Alvarado
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The Babe

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1997
UPC: 0096898128636
Original Release: 1992
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

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
Richard Tyson Guy Bush
Ralph Marrero Francesco Stephano "Ping Bodie" Pezzolo
Bob Swan George Ruth Sr.
Gene Ross Brother Paul
Danny Goldring Carrigan
Laura Whyte Mrs. Ballister
James Andelin Asa
Michael Nicolosi Jimmy Colosimmo
W. Earl Brown Herb Pennock
Shannon Cochran Flapper
Michael Papajohn Heckler
Steve King Fuchs
Matt Doherty Boy in Car
Beep Iams Boy at St. Mary's
Jeffrey Wiseman Boy at St. Mary's
Rick Reardon Ernie Shore
Larry Cedar Forbes Field Announcer
John Webb Eddie
Alan Johnson Orphanage Reporter
Harry Hutchinson Tris Speaker
Michael Krawic Theatergoer
Jim Ortlieb Scribe
James Deuter Society Man
Ralph Foody Pittsburgh Man
Meg Thalken Johnny's Nurse
Ron West Spectator
Irma P. Hall Fanny Baily
Dana Lubotsky Julia
William J. Norris Fedoras
Ron Dean Umpire Owens
Brett Hadley 1st Umpire
Ken Kells 2nd Umpire
Hank Robinson 4th Umpire
Peter Siragusa Umpire Hildebrand
Daniel Anderson Bistro Band
James "Ike" Eichling Cigar Smoker
Shirley Spiegler-Jacobs Woman in Coffee Shop
Roy Hytower & Motif Elevator Operator
Ned Schmidtke Hospital Reporter
Albert B. Smith Speakeasy Band
Nicholas Rudall Brother Malcolm

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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The Babe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.