A League of Their Own
1992 | Comedy | 128 minutes | English
When America faced a shortage of professional baseball players during World War II, Walter Harvey, the owner of the Chicago Cubs, decided to start the All-American Professional Baseball League. Harvey assigned Ernie Capadino with the job of recruiting able women throughout the country. After spotting Dottie Hinson on a farm in rural Oregon, he offers her a job. But Dottie only accepts if her equally talented sister Kit is also hired. In Chicago, Dottie and Kit meet their dazzling teammates: Mae “All the Way” Morabito, Doris Murphy, Betty “Spaghetti” Horn, and several others. Together they make up the team, the Rockford Peaches. They are managed by Jimmy Dugan. Even though he’s a boozed-up has-been, Dugan manages to create a cohesive team that wins the women’s World Series. Years later the team is reunited at the Cooperstown Hall of Fame where there is a place of honor for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Geena Davis (Dottie Hinson) / Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) / Madonna (Mae Mordabito) / Lori Petty (Kit Keller)) / Rosie O’Donnell (Doris Murphy) / Jon Lovitz (Ernie Capadino) / Garry Marshall (Walter Harvey)
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 78%
- Metacritic Score: 67
Golden Globes: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress (Geena Davis); Best Original Song (“This Used to be My Playground”)
American Comedy Awards: Winner, Funniest Supporting Actor (Tom Hanks)
The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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The movie has a real bittersweet charm. The baseball sequences, we’ve seen before. What’s fresh are the personalities of the players, the gradual unfolding of their coach and the way this early chapter of women’s liberation fit into the hidebound traditions of professional baseball.
A LEAGUE of THEIR OWN is one of the year’s most cheerful, most relaxed, most easily enjoyable comedies. It’s a serious film that’s lighter than air, a very funny movie that manages to score a few points for feminism in passing.
Penny Marshall’s direction is as sharp as the crack of a bat. By shrewdly presenting the baseball scenes in fast-cutting, action-packed montages, she will silence the macho bleacher bums who may nitpick about the players’ skills.
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