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League of Their Own

A movie directed by Penny Marshall

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Are you crying? Is she crying? Quotes in Movies W/O

  • Aug 3, 2004
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Rating:
+3
Pros: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and the All American Girls Professional Baseball League

Cons: Couldn't find a one

The Bottom Line: One of the better films made for just general acting ability

Probably one of my favorite movies that drew a famous quote was A League Of Their Own when the crotch-grabbing, spitting, drunken coach, Tom Hanks, confronts one of the girls and asks ‘Are you crying? Is she crying? There is no crying in baseball. There. Is. No. Crying. In. Baseball!’

From the opening scene, based in the 90’s, we meet the first of our lady All-Stars, Dottie, as she packs for a trip she obviously doesn’t want to take, to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It seems the All American Girls Professional Baseball League is being inducted into the hall of fame and they want the stars of the teams to attend the opening. Although you question why she is so reluctant, it doesn’t take long to find out once she starts to reminisce about her season with the Georgia Peaches.

We find she is basically a quiet person, not wanting the limelight, but once she is on the ball field she shines like the brightest star. Her sister, Kit, comes as part of the package, on Dottie’s insistence, and their sibling rivalry continues on the ball field. Dottie is an accomplished catcher, Kit is a blazing pitcher, but Dottie out shines her, just as she has done her entire life.

Geena Davis does a wonderful job as Dottie Hinson and the perfect adversary to their drunken coach, Jimmy Dugan, played by Tom Hanks. A bit of a spark ignites between them but neither one pursues theat course since Dottie is a happily married woman to a soldier serving during the war. And soldiers serving during the war is exactly why the All American Girls Professional Baseball League was established. Even during times of war the folks back home need their nine innings and hot dogs on a warm Sunday afternoon.

Kit Keller, played ruggedly by Lori Petty, throws more than the baseball into this story. She stomps and storms around, dirty face and scabbed knees, demanding the respect she feels due her, the respect that Dottie seems to receive with no trouble. When pushed to the limit, she is traded to the opposing team, the Racine Belles, and comes against her former teammates, and her sister, during the World Series.

Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna are friends on and off the field, portraying Doris Murphy and ‘All-the-way Mae’ Mordabito, adding more than just fire to this feisty group of ladies. While trying to promote the league, Mae says to one of the photographers - ‘What if during the game my blouse should come open and one of my breasts pops out?’ Doris quips that it is unlikely that there is anyone around that hasn’t already seen her breasts exposed.

The mildly irritating Jon Lovitz plays scout Ernie Capadino, the poor sucker that has to go out to these farms and bylands of the USA and recruit these ladies for the teams and David Straithairn plays Ira Lowenstein, the man behind the ladies, fighting for their rights on the league. Bill Pullman was Dottie’s missing husband who shows up near the end of the movie and pulls Dottie away from home plate and back to Oregon where they were born and bred. There were a slew of other accomplished people on the teams and each held a special part in the formation of the story.

Overall there are many great features to this movie, the actors being a major part of it. Their chemistry seemed to flow well and each seemed not only comfortable in their respective part but comfortable with the other characters. More importantly, it told a story that few were probably aware of, the formation and success of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was in existence from 1943-1954. There is an outstanding web page dedicated to this group of women that stood in when needed and continued to excel after the boys returned home from war. Please visit their home page at:

http://www.aagpbl.org/contents.html

for more information about this league, the stars, and their success. There is a great selection of photos and stories to read, I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as the movie.

This write-off was from the brain trust of dbcint and his goal was to find a movie with a famous quote, or at least a quote that would bring to mind the movie your are referencing. I’m sure most people have heard the one from this movie, it has been repeated time and time again, even one of my fantasy baseball leagues used it for their name - There Is No Crying In Baseball.

The scene leading up to the statement was between Coach Dugan and teammate Shirley (Ann Cusack). After a remarkably bad play on field, he begins to browbeat her unmercifully and she starts crying. She was a crier anyway, so it didn’t take much. He was astounded that she was crying and just continues to repeat ‘There is no crying in baseball, there is no crying in baseball‘, getting more aggravated with each time he says it.

It isn’t that the line is so outstanding, it was the delivery by Hanks that made the line almost perfect. He was a bum, a washed up drunk that couldn’t hold a job although he had been an outstanding ball player. He was given this coaching job, for his name alone, and it changed him completely, but he had the hardest time adapting to the female aspects of baseball.

A League Of Their Own was written by Kim Wilson & Kelly Candaele, directed by Penny Marshall. It is a good family film for the most part. The rare bits of off-color humor are far less offensive than most cartoons these days and when there is fun, there is true fun. It was nominated for and won quite a list of awards and is well worth the money spent to watch it or even own it. Besides, how many times are ya gonna see a catcher do the splits to catch a baseball? Huh? Come on, even Johnny Bench couldn’t do that and he was darn near perfect.

Thanks,
Susi

P.S. I don’t know who else is posting in this write-off, it is a month long posting and I’ve never been given a list of names for reference.


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In 1943 when the ranks of professional male baseball players were leaving for the war, a group of ladies left their homes to become part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and kept baseball alive for a grateful nation. This is their story. Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) is the team's most gifted player,and the camaraderie and jealousy with her sister (Lori Petty) is part of this film's charm and complexity. Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) is the drunken ex-player and slob manager who eventually brings the team to success. Directed by Penny Marshall (BIG, AWAKENINGS) and also starring Madonna, Jon Lovitz and Bill Pullman.
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Cast: Anne Ramsay
Director: Penny Marshall
Release Date: 1992
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (April 20, 2004)
Runtime: 2hr 6min
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