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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich, Ned Bellamy, Scott Burkholder
  • Directors: Ron Shelton
  • Writers: Ron Shelton, Al Stump
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, David V. Lester, Karin Freud, Kellie Davis, Tom Todoroff
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A02YH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cobb" on IMDb

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Tyrus Raymond Cobb played baseball like a man charging a machine-gun nest. He gave no quarter, took no prisoners. And when his Hall of Fame career was over, Ty Cobb attacked life the same way. Tommy Lee Jones portrays the legendary - and equally cheered and detested - Georgia Peach in this acclaimed film from writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Dark Blue), also starring Robert Wuhl and Lolita Davidovich. From its recapturing of the outfielder's playing days (Roger Clemens portrays a rival pitcher) to its recreation of a 1961 Hall of Fame banquet, Cobb is a movie grand slam.

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I regret buying it.
Russell Wishtart
I actually read both books, and watched this movie and I can tell you it is pretty much spot on.
Beefog
Without a doubt Tommy Lee Jones' best performance.
Bryan

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"Cobb" is a tragic and humorous account of the tumultuous life of the baseball legend. Tommy Lee Jones delivers an intense, gripping portrayal of the aging, diseased, foul-mouthed, volatile old man known as Cobb, yet still manages to draw sympathy and intrigue from viewers. Jones' mastery of this character is evident as a mere glance or gesture from Cobb can evoke dramatic tension, anger, and humor from anyone unfortunate enough to be near him. I couldn't take my eyes away from Tommy Lee Jones. This film is incredible!!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wyluli on March 20, 2006
Format: DVD
To Dhaval Vyas.. quit copying and pasting the exact same thing under every baseball movie complaining about how they haven't made a movie yet about an african american baseball player and giving the movie a 1-star rating just because it's a movie about a white athlete. Don't be so sensitive, and write a meaningful review... if you've even seen any of these movies! Oh I forgot, your narrow view of the world will never allow it..

Anyway where was I? Oh yes.. Cobb. This film is a terrific insight into who Ty Cobb really was. Was he a saint? Was he a monster? This movie tells it all. I was hoping for more from Cobb's playing days, where all we get is just one scene where he is sharpening the spikes on his shoes and then bets two guys $100 that he would double, then steal third and steal home. Cobb pulls it off, wins his $100, and starts an on-field brawl in the process. Great stuff!

Otherwise, this movie focuses almost entirely on the relationship between Cobb and Al Stump, the sportswriter Cobb hires to help write his autobiography, with a few snippets of info about Cobb's relationship with his family. Stump soon finds out all that he needs to know about Cobb. Difficult at best, psychotic at worst, and although I'm sure there was nothing at all amusing about the real Ty Cobb, this movie manages to throw a little bit of humor into the mix, but not so much that you lose track of who Cobb really is.. a mean, bitter, drunken old man lost in the glory days of his legendary baseball career.

Tommy Lee Jones was absolutely brilliant as Cobb, and he alone makes this movie worth seeing. Not alot in this film in the way of baseball action, but an interesting look inside the mind of the Georgia Peach. Worth a watch!
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Linda Linguvic HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2003
Format: DVD
Ty Cobb was called "the greatest baseball player of all time" and he enjoyed the spotlight. He was also known as "difficult person" to put it mildly. He drank hard, was prone to violence, insulted everybody, beat his wife, alienated his children, was a racist, beat a man to death and was accused of fixing games. In 1960 he had his biography written by a sportswriter named Al Stump. At the time Al Stump wrote a flattering portrait. Later, Stump wrote another book, telling the "real" story about Cobb. And this 1994 film is based on this second book.
The film is set in 1960 when Cobb, then 72 years old, engages Al Stump to write his biography. Stump's a young sportswriter who's flattered by the assignment. At first he hates the arrogant Cobb, but later finds himself admiring him for his "bigger than life" personality. And so he winds up being Cobb's only friend, traveling with him, drinking with him and playing nursemaid to his wild rages and need for constant medication.
Tommy Lee Jones is cast as Cobb, in a larger-than-life performance that humanizes the aging Cobb in spite of his raging racism and generally obnoxious behavior. Robert Wuhl is cast as Al Stump and his performance is equally good as we see him starting to have sympathy for the aging man. Lolita Davidovich is cast as a Reno cigarette girl who is pursued by both Al Stump and Cobb. She gives a good performance but I think the main reason she's in the film is to liven it up with a bit of flesh. There's also a small role played by Roger Clemens, the real-life pitcher in a scene of a baseball game played around 1916. Wisely, the camera doesn't stay too long on Tommy Lee Jones for this scene because he just can't look like a very young man.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Utah Blaine on September 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Ty Cobb was certainly one of the greatest ballplayers to ever put on cleats, but this film does not him justice. As a historical biopic it falls far short. Cobb comes across without a shred of humanity and is dislikeable from his first appearance. This really isn't a baseball story per se, it's more of a character study with a baseball backdrop. The story starts near the end of Cobb's life as reporter Al Stump is summoned to Cobb's Tahoe hunting lodge to write the life story of the great ball player (all of which is based on a true story and you can find Stump's books on Amazon). The vast majority of the movie is spent on the interplay between Stump and Cobb as Stump (and the audience) discover what kind of man Cobb really is (and it ain't pretty). Throughout the film we get a few vignettes of Cobb's life, his career in baseball, his early upbringing, the accidental (?) slaying of his father by his mother, but we basically learn that Cobb was a drunken, racist pig. Stump is torn as to whether to write the hero-worship story that Cobb wants, or whether to write the true-to-life story that presents Cobb to the public as he really is, warts and all.

There is a lot to like about this film. The performances of both Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Wuhl (who is the main character in the tale in spite of the title and billing) are outstanding. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that this is probably one of Tommy Lee Jones' best performances in his long and varied career. He convincingly makes Cobb dislikable from the get go. Roger Clemens makes a guest appearance as well. In this film, Cobb represents everything that is wrong with professional athletes. The arrogance, the sense of self-indulgence and self-aggrandizement.
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