A League of Their Own

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US film poster.

A League of Their Own is a film about the women's baseball league that came into existence during World War II. It premiered on 1992-07-01. Although it employs a lot of comedy, the film is also quite dramatic and focuses on several female players trying to become stars in a male-dominated sport. The story follows two sisters in particular as they make their way through the highly competitive tryouts, and then endure the abuse (physical and sexual) women of the day had to face, while at the same time trying to save their league from going under.

The success of the film spawned a TV series in 1993, which only lasted six episodes, and only five of which were aired. However, another series is expected to be released in 2022.

Personal

I first saw this film at my father's house not too longer after it came out. My step-mother had either bought the VHS or recorded it off pay-per-view. I really like the film and eventually bought it for myself. I've watched it several times since then.

I own this film on DVD and have seen in many times.

Cast

Actor Role
Geena Davis Dottie Hinson
Lori Petty Kit Keller
Tom Hanks Jimmy Dugan
Madonna Mae Mordabito
Rosie O'Donnell Doris Murphy
Megan Cavanagh Marla Hooch
David Strathairn Ira Lowenstein
Garry Marshall Walter Harvey
Jon Lovitz Ernie Capadino
Tracy Reiner Betty Horn
Bitty Schram Evelyn Gardner
Ann Cusack Shirley Baker
Anne Ramsay Helen Haley
Freddie Simpson Ellen Sue Gotlander
Renée Coleman C Alice Gaspers
Robin Knight 'Beans' Babbitt
Patti Pelton Marbleann Wilkenson
Kelli Simpkins Beverly Dixon
Neezer Tarleton Neezer Dalton
Connie Pounds-Taylor Connie Calhoun
Kathleen Marshall 'Mumbles' Brockman
Sharon Szmidt Vivian Ernst
Pauline Brailsford Miss Cuthbert
Bill Pullman Bob Hinson
Justin Scheller Stilwell
Eddie Jones Dave Hooch
Alan Wilder Nelson
Michael Haley Empathetic Umpire
Don S. Davis Racine Coach Charlie
Janet Jones Racine Pitcher
Brenda Ferrari Racine Catcher
Téa Leoni Racine First Base
Laurel Cronin Maida Gillespie
Robert Stanton Western Union Man
Harry Shearer Newsreel Announcer
Douglas Blakeslee Doris' Fan #1
Joey Slotnick Doris' Fan #2
Lynn Cartwright Older Dottie
Kathleen Butler Older Kit
Eunice Anderson Older Mae
Vera Johnson Older Doris
Patricia Wilson Older Marla
Mark Holton Older Stilwell

Review

Good

  • The film has a lot of main themes, and it does all of them well. Women striving to find success in a male-dominated field, a younger sister trying to step out of her older sister's shadow, a washed-up former star trying to relearn what it means to be successful, etc.
  • Tom Hanks's performance as a washed up alcoholic is hilarious and he has a bunch of fantastic lines.
  • The constant battle between Kit and Dottie really shows sibling rivalry in its truest form.
  • Seeing all the crap that women of the day had to go through is very eye-opening.
  • Jon Lovitz is wonderfully patronizing and insulting.
  • As baseball movies go, this is one of my favorites.

Bad

  • In the film, the women's league slowly becomes popular and continues to present day. However, in the real world, the women's baseball league only lasted a single season. While I certainly prefer the happy ending of the film, it makes any attempt at historical accuracy a mere pretense.
  • Madonna, although her overall performance is good, goes too over-the-top in her reaction to the league being shut down.
  • The dubbing of Geena Davis's voice over Lynn Cartwright's for the older Dottie is pretty obvious.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

Posters

Covers

Fan Art

Video

Official trailer.

Quotes

  • "Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!"
  • "It just got too hard." "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great."
  • "Rogers Hornsby was my manager, and he called me a talking pile of pigshit. And that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan to see me play the game. And did I cry?" "No." "Yeah! NO. And do you know why?" "No." "Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!"
  • "Ow. Doesn't that hurt them?" "Doesn't seem to." "Well, that would bruise the hell out of me."
  • "You ever hear Dad introduce us to people? 'This is our daughter Dottie, and this is our other daughter, Dottie's sister.'"
  • "You know, if I had your job, I'd kill myself! Wait here, I'll see if I can dig up a pistol."
  • "If we paid you a little bit more, Jimmy, do you think you could be just a little more disgusting?" "Well, I could certainly use the money."
  • "You ever been married?" "Well, let me think... yeah, twice." "Any children?" "One of them was, yeah."

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