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  • Actors: John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, Trini Alvarado, Bruce Boxleitner, Peter Donat
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: John Fusco
  • Producers: John Fusco
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009AOAX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Babe" on IMDb

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  • Babe Ruth Sport Featurette: Slide, Babe, Slide
  • Babe Ruth Sport Featurette: Just Pals
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    John Goodman (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) brings the legendary Babe Ruth to life in this triumphant film Entertainment Weekly calls "a crowd pleaser."Co-starring Kelly McGillis (Witness), The Babe chronicles Ruth's phenomenal story - from his hard knock beginnings at Baltimore orphanage, to his meteoric rise to baseball superstardom and his poignant retirement from the game.His amazing life and career included seven American League pennants, four World Series championships, two tempestuous marriages and a wild lifestyle that earned him numerous suspensions.The Babe is the definitive story of one of sport's most fascinating figures, capturing all the drama and excitement of the greatest player in baseball history.

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    John Goodman ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") brings the legendary Babe Ruth to life in this triumphant film "Entertainment Weekly" calls "a crowd pleaser."

    Co-starring Kelly McGillis ("Witness"), "The Babe" chronicles Ruth's phenomenal story--from his hard knock beginnings at a Baltimore orphanage, to his meteoric rise to baseball superstardom and his poignant retirement from the game.

    His amazing career included seven American League pennants, four World Series championships, two tempestuous marriages and a wild lifestyle that earned him numerous suspensions.

    "The Babe" is the definitive story of one of sport's most fascinating figures, capturing all the drama and excitement of the greatest baseball player in history. END

    Customer Reviews

    John Goodman did an excellent job portraying the Babe.
    Carol L. Karlin
    This film must be viewed as a simple "baseball" film and is not a historical documentary.
    D. Blankenship
    It was a good movie because I felt that it probably was quite truthful.
    Janice H. Adams

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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hans Pfaall on August 8, 2005
    Format: DVD
    I saw this movie as a kid when it came out and liked it, but since then it has gone through something of a critical reevaluation. Goodman is an entertaining actor, but there are just too many factual errors, and they arguably detract too much from the film's quality.

    As was noted elsewhere by other reviewers, Goodman's Ruth does not represent a great athlete. Ruth was not overweight growing up, nor in his early days as a ballplayer. Ruth's weight did fluctuate, but few to this day know that Ruth had 123 career stolen bases, and actually led the Yankees in steals one year (1923). Goodman's character was unreasonably slow, and at the end was portrayed as unable to run the bases even on a home run. This might work as light humor, but it certainly is not fact. Also of note, Goodman was a natural born right-hander that had to learn how to bat and throw left-handed like Ruth for the purpose of acting in this film. This makes Goodman look awkward, and even less like an athlete on a few occasions.

    On the other hand, I understand as a general rule that playwrights and filmmakers are given a certain "artistic license," and that it is alright on some occasions to stretch the truth for a purpose. The bloated portrayal of Ruth might be one such example, no matter how erroneous it is from a factual standpoint. Even so, many of the inaccuracies have no discernable purpose. Case in point, "Jumpin' Joe" Dugan was never a teammate of Ruth's in Boston, only in New York. It is also known that Ruth did not have any home runs in 1914, but according to this movie he had one that year. In addition, Ruth was not the first player to hit a home run at Forbes Field. The list could go on for a while, and there seems to be no reason why the filmmakers decided to alter such facts.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wyluli on March 20, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Probably the most famous baseball player of all-time, Babe Ruth should definitely have had a movie done about him, and "The Babe" is a decent effort, but is not without flaws. First, there are many inaccuracies in this movie, but I won't go into that too deep. At the end of the movie (1936), The Babe is spitting up blood during the game between the Braves and the Pirates, but Ruth did not pass away from cancer until 1948. Certainly Ruth did not have cancer in 1936.. There's many other things, but I don't need to list them all.

    But the thing that really bothered me about this movie is that Ruth is portrayed as nothing more than a bumbling idiot while he was with the Red Sox. While this is good for a few laughs, it really took away from my enjoyment of the first half of the movie. I'm thinking "THIS guy is Babe Ruth??" However, as soon as Ruth is sold to the Yankees, he becomes much more intelligent and doesn't act like a complete dumba$$ all of the time. At this point, the movie takes a much more serious turn, and in my opinion, the last half of the movie is EXCELLENT. The film delves into the Babe's issues both on and off the field, and definitely has some touching moments, and a strong finish to the movie. Too bad the first half of the movie was so silly.. So overall, 1 star for the first half of the movie, 5 stars for the second half, for a final score of 3 stars.

    I thought that John Goodman was very good as The Babe, although yes, he was much larger (weight) than Babe Ruth really was at any point in his life, but let's not get hung up on details. Goodman was a good fit for the part, and Kelly McGillis was excellent in the supporting role of Claire Hudson.
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    Babe Ruth is arguably the most well known baseball player in history. He was most certainly one of the greater players to play the game. The stories and legends surrounding both is playing and his personal life could fill volumes; and indeed do. It has gotten now to the point that it is difficult to separate truth from fiction. All that being said though, even after you discount the myth portion of his life, Babe Ruth was still and all a fascinating man and baseball player.

    Now the movie being reviewed here cannot in any shape or form be classified as a historical documentary. If a person wants that sort of thing, then it is best to find one of the many, many fine biographies written about Ruth. No, for the most part this film is an extremely fictionalized version of Ruth's life and Ruth's game. The errors in this film are beyond counting. The portrayal of Ruth's life; while based on loose interpretations of fact, are quite off the mark in most cases.

    But all that being said I cannot actually trash the film. I personally viewed this work as a simple baseball story about a historical character in which Hollywood did its usual job on. I actually enjoyed watching this film as I felt the acting was most certainly up to par as acting in this type of movie goes and I liked the fact that the film makers most certainly captured the feel and essence of the times. Sports in general, and baseball in particular, were a national obsession and followed closely by most of the nation. This was before T.V. and (gasp) before football became our National Sport. Times were quite different then; some for the good, some for the bad. This film, if you watch closely, portrays the way it was quite well.
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