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The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far away in Europe and Asia fighting World War II. The league flourished unt... read more read after World War II, when, with the men's return, the league was consigned to oblivion. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel re-create the wartime era when women's baseball looked to stand a good chance of sweeping the country. The story begins as a candy-bar tycoon enlists agents to scour the country to find women who could play ball. In the backwoods of Oregon, two sisters -- Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty) -- are discovered. Dottie can hit and catch, while Kit can throw a mean fastball. The girls come to Chicago to try out for the team with other prospects that include their soon-to-be-teammates Mae Mordabito (Madonna), Doris Murphy (Rosie O'Donnell), and Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh). The team's owner, Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall) needs someone to coach his team and he picks one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), who is now a broken-down alcoholic. After a few weeks of training, as Dugan sobers up, the team begins to show some promise. By the end of the season, the team has improved to the point where they are competing in the World Series (which is no big deal, since there are only four teams in the league). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: September 9, 1997

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  • April 12, 2014
    So glad to finally see such an iconic piece of Evansville history! Bosse Field, America's third oldest ballpark, plays the home of the Racine Belles, and boy does she nail it!
  • June 7, 2013
    A light-hearted story with a marginally-talented cast (e.g., Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz, Lori Petty, Geena Davis -- not real powerhouse actors). Tom Hanks seems to be the center of gravity in this film -- but then again, he's the only one who's really pulling off the w... read morehole "acting" thing. Despite its flaws, it's a thoroughly enjoyable film with a great soundtrack.
  • October 9, 2012
    You know you're watching something special when even Madonna does a good acting job. A highly enjoyable drama-comedy, that not only strikes a blow for gender equality and women in sports, but is also incredibly funny. I've never had much interest in baseball (watching it that is,... read more because I do love playing it) and yet this movie had me very entertained. And if that doesn't say something about how fun it is, I don't know what will.
  • April 2, 2012
    Wow probably the longest urinating scene in movie history from Tom Hanks which is just funny! :)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, its a unique and funny, sweet comedy that i enjoyed greatly! A great cast and well acted! Im not a huge fan of sprt related movies but this is clearly... read more in 'a league of its own!' A Remarkably entertaining movie to enjoy !
  • August 4, 2011
    There's no crying in baseball!

    Saw it again! What a masterpiece! Probably Penny Marshall's best film ever. Amazing story, terrific acting, great music, and superb cinematography. Indeed one of my favorite sports films ever. This movie brings me so much memories of my childhood, ... read moreit feels so damn good to see this film, I will never grow tired of it. I can truly watch this movie over and over again and still be inspired by it. I think it shows just what women are capable of. It will make u cry and the best part is that there are some true facts. There's romance, fighting, comedy, and some dancing. I mean it has everything a movie needs to be enjoyable. Believe me it wont be a waste of time. You can watch this movie with family and friends. If u haven't seen it i strongly recommend it.

    In a small town in Oregon, farm girls Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) are sisters who compete with each other, even over the little things. Older, prettier, more settled and married Dottie is the catcher for the local softball team sponsored by Lukash Dairy. Kit is her younger sister, and pitcher on the same team, who feels that she can't measure up to Dottie in her own eyes, or in the eyes of others. With so many young men overseas fighting the Axis, there is a danger that professional baseball will be shut down for the duration of the war. A well-known candy manufacturer, Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall), contrives the idea to create a professional baseball league for women; both the keep the sport alive and to make a buck or two. Dottie is recruited by a scout (John Lovitz) for this new league but refuses to go unless her sister is allowed on the team. On the way to Chicago they also intervene to get an outstanding batter, Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanaugh) a try-out as well. Once in Chicago, they are introduced to the other girls who will be on one of the four teams: May and Doris (Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell) are close friends from New York; Shirley Baker (Anne Cusack) is an illiterate farm-girl. These women, along with their team-mates, begin a journey that opens up a whole new world, far beyond that of the baseball diamond, lead by team manager, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), a washed-up star ruined by alcohol and angered and embarrassed to be the coach of a girl's team.
  • August 15, 2010
    For the longest time, I plead ignorance and never realized that this was based on a true story. It takes liberties with the story, but it hits all the major notes and gets it mostly right.

    This is an inspiring and heartwarming tale of the first major lbseball league for women... read more, set during World war II when women were needed to fill the vacant spots left by the men who went overseas to fight the war.

    The cast is good. This is back when Rosie O'Donnell still appeared to have talent and actually be pretty attractive (yes, I just said that). Madonna is also great as the bozy partner in crime who pals around with O'Donnell. Geena Davis is terrific as the smart and sassy catcher, and Lori Petty is not bad as her jealous younger sister. I'm hoping that her annoyingness is part of the character, and not how she is in general. John Lovitz is good as the sleazy and obnoxious talent scout, but, for me, the real scene stealer is Tom Hanks. He's an asshole in this, but he's also stll likeable and enjoyable to watch. I wish he would go back to making movies like this, and playing these types of characters.

    This is fun and etertaining, and males you feel good afterwards. Don't hesitate to see it.
  • July 30, 2010
    Not at all a well-made film in the traditional sense, but it still passes with me thanks to my weak-spot of sentimentality in films.
  • September 25, 2009
    Sentimental rubbish but altogether not too bad! Geena Davis in Baseball get up is quite easy on the eye ;o)
  • September 25, 2008
    Penelope Spheris' greatest work, IMO.
  • September 7, 2008
    What ever happened to Lori Petty?

Critic Reviews

Jeff Shannon
May 6, 2014
Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

League wants you to laugh more than anything else, and Hanks makes sure that you will. Full Review

Kenneth Turan
March 20, 2013
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Though amusing enough to avoid absolutely drowning in schmaltz, it's sad to see a film with potential lose its way in the late innings. Full Review

Jay Boyar
March 20, 2013
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

What does it say about today's Hollywood when the most interesting character in a movie about a women's baseball team turns out to be a man? Full Review

Dave Kehr
March 19, 2013
Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune

Few of the other performers make an impression. A director who can lose Madonna in a crowd can't be said to appreciate charisma. Full Review

Michael Sragow
March 19, 2013
Michael Sragow, New Yorker

This movie aims for the tear ducts and the funny bone as ruthlessly as the big action-fantasy hits go after the viscera. Full Review

Variety Staff
August 1, 2008
Variety Staff, Variety

Hits about .250 with a few RBI, but more than its share of strikeouts. Full Review

Richard Schickel
August 1, 2008
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine

Energetic, full of goodwill and good feelings, it never quite attains the graceful nonchalance and self-confidence with which finely tuned athletes -- and comedies -- move and enchant us. Full Review

Jonathan Rosenbaum
March 21, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Deftly structured by director Penny Marshall and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to resemble a 40s musical (albeit, somewhat anachronistically, one in 'Scope); the rest is mainly streamlined an... Full Review

Geoff Andrew
June 24, 2006
Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Scriptwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel neglect the ensemble, emphasising a sense of historical occasion over character development. Full Review

Vincent Canby
May 20, 2003
Vincent Canby, New York Times

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. Full Review

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    • Jimmy Dugan: Shit, Dottie, if you want to go back to Oregon and make a hundred babies, great, I'm in no position to tell anyone how to live. But sneaking out like this, quitting, you'll regret it for the rest of your life. Baseball is what gets inside you. It's what lights you up, you can't deny that.
    • Dottie Hinson: It just got too hard.
    • Jimmy Dugan: It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.
    • Jimmy Dugan: There's no crying in baseball!
    • Ira Lowenstein: Great game, Jimmy. I especially liked that move in the seventh inning when you scratched your balls for an hour.
    • Jimmy Dugan: Well, anything worth doing is worth doing right. [spits]
    • Dave Hooch: I know my girl ain't so pretty as these girls, but that's my fault. I raised her like I would a boy. I didn't know any better. She loves to play. Don't make my little girl suffer because I messed up raising her. Please.
    • Jimmy Dugan: Did anyone ever tell you, you look like a penis with that little hat on?
    • Jimmy Dugan: Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

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