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Cobb 1994 R CC

A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discoversjust how dark the baseball legend's real story is.

Starring:
Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl
Runtime:
2 hours, 8 minutes

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Genres Sports, Drama
Director Ron Shelton
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl
Supporting actors Lolita Davidovich, Ned Bellamy, Scott Burkholder, Allan Malamud, Bill Caplan, Jeff Fellenzer, Doug Krikorian, Gavin Smith, Lou Myers, William Utay, J. Kenneth Campbell, Rhoda Griffis, Tyler Logan Cobb, Gary Morris, Harry Herthum, Jay Chevalier, Roger Clemens, George Rafferty
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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None of what is presented about Ty Cobb in this film can be trusted. The source for the material, Al Stump, has become known in recent years as a notorious producer of false Cobb sports items. He forged signitures, he forged entire documents, he forged a diary that was brought into the baseball hall of fame, he forged multiple copies of the same documents, he even sold what he claimed was the "shotgun" that killed Cobb's father. The whole sorded tale of this person was documented in "The National Pastime", official publication of the Society for American Baseball Research in 2010. Nearly ever story Stump told that formed the basis for this film has been contradicted by other people around him. That includes the doctors and nurses who cared for him at the end of his life.

The accusations about Cobb being a murderer presented in the film are absolutely false. The accusations made against Cobb related to gambling on baseball in the 1920s were ultimately rejected, not because of secret scandals, but because the source of the accusations, Dutch Leonard, hated Cobb and had been feuding with him for years. And while Leonard was willing to kick dirt in the newspapers, he wasn't willing to say anything under oath when the time came. The way the film makers use that particular incident can't be blamed on Stump. With even a little bit of research, they could have discovered the truth.

The stories of Cobb shooting guns wildly in the air in hospitals were rejected by the doctors and nurses who treated him. The story of Al Stump tending to the medical needs of Cobb are rejected by the medical student Cobb had working for him in that capacity in the year Stump knew him.

And the story of Cobb's father's death in the film can't be trusted.
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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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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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