The Babe

The Babe

Arthur Hiller (1992)

109min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This film was only released on video in the UK, perhaps because it was felt that we would rather count sheep than watch baseball. It is, however, a character study of a flawed talent - baseball legend Babe Ruth - rather than a sports film containing endless action. Capitalising on his success in the TV series Roseanne, and before the critical mauling of The Flintstones, John Goodman perfectly captures the hero's commitment, enthusiasm, insecurity and weaknesses, and helps distract from the fact that the film is episodic, not cinematic.

Summary

Biopic of baseball legend George `Babe' Ruth, a man renowned for his phenomenal talent for the game as well as his notorious overindulgence in food, drink and women. Episodic drama, content to reel off the most famous stories about this larger-than-life character, but with a charismatic performance from John Goodman. With Kelly McGillis, James Cromwell, Trini Alvarado and Bruce Boxleitner.

Cast & Crew

George Herman "Babe" Ruth John Goodman
Claire Hodgeson-Ruth Kelly McGillis
Helen Woodford-Ruth Trini Alvarado
Jumpin' Joe Dugan Bruce Boxleitner
Harry Frazee Peter Donat
Brother Mathias James Cromwell
Jack Dunn J C Quinn
Huggins Joe Ragno
Guy Bush Richard Tyson
Director Arthur Hiller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains some swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Drama