Friday, January 18, 2013

A League of their Own (1992)

Number Rolled: 46
Movie Name/Year: A League of their Own (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 127 minutes
Rating: PG
Director: Penny Marshall
Writer: Kim Wilson, Kelly Candaele, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Actors: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz, David Straithairn, Garry Marshall, Bill Pullman, Megan Cavanagh, Rosie O’Donnell, Tracy Reiner,Bitty Schram, Don S. Davis, Renee Coleman, Ann Cusack, Eddie Jones, Freddie Simpson, Anne Ramsay, Pauline Brailsford, Lynn Cartwright

I was around nine years old when this movie first came out. It was before I broke my wrist, before I fell in love with soccer, and I was playing baseball in a mostly all boys little league. As well as I eventually did in that league, it meant I had to deal with a lot of comments from the other guys on my team. At that age, words meant a lot more than they do now in that context. This movie quickly became my favorite and I watched it about once a week for three or four years. Even now, when it pops on TV I find it difficult to want to change the channel.

This movie is based around the creation of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. In real-life, this league came to exist when the majority of males that were old enough to play, in the leagues we are more familiar with, had to go overseas to fight in World War II. The movie goes into the lives of Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller, sisters who are scouted into the league and what happens to them after the fact.

I’m not so sure I would use comedy as the primary genre for this movie. Don’t get me wrong, there are some hilarious moments, but because the script concentrates on the sibling rivalry and the near failure of a league that a lot of women relied on during a time when husbands, sons and brothers of the members were risking their lives at war, one would have to expect more drama than comedy.

It’s one of my all-time favorite movies. I have the majority of the script memorized, even now, when it’s been at least a year since I’ve seen it last. Something I would suggest to pretty much anybody, regardless of whether or not they like baseball.

Overall Opinion – 5/5

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