The Babe

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A biopic of Babe Ruth, the sultan of swat and baseball's Don Bradman. Goodman gives a splendid performance as the fat-boy genius who loved life and single-handedly rescued the USA's summer sporting obsession between the wars after the Chicago White Sox scandal of 1919. Alvarado and McGillis provide strong support in a film which shows Ruth in warts-and-all mode: a boy abandoned to the priests aged seven as uncontrollable and incorrigible; a man who ate and drank like a pig, fought with fans and officials, cheated on his wife, but had a touching generosity, kindness and insecurity that stemmed from his hideous childhood. Surprisingly interesting, even if you don't know a home run from a stolen base.

Release details

Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Arthur Hiller
Screenwriter: John Fusco
Cast: Kelly McGillis
Bruce Boxleitner
Joseph Ragno
Peter Donat
John Goodman
Trini Alvarado
James Cromwell
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