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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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Now remember, the writer has no idea how Babe acted nor what he said in personal interactions. Babe is portrayed as an insufferable ape. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RobRock
This movie was an excellent baseball movie. My son is a 12 year old baseball athlete and is now highly interested in baseball movies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Schurley
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