John Goodman is cast as the Sultan of Swat, whose excesses -- especially drinking -- and private demons can (in this context) be excused in view of his genuine love of baseball. The facts never get in the way of a good story for screenwriter John Fusco ; we're even offered the umpteenth rehash of "Little Johnny", the largely fanciful tale of the invalid boy who promises to get well if Babe hits him a homer (as in Pride of the Yankees , the cured Johnny makes return a appearance as grownup). The most amusing fabrication is the casting of narrow James Cromwell as the Babe's orphanage mentor Brother Mathias , who in real life weighed 300 pounds. Many of the characters are composites, notably Bruce Boxleitner 's Jumpin' Joe Dugan. At least Ruth's two wives-- Trini Alvarado as Helen, who suffers Babe's many peccadilloes and dies under strange circumstances, and Kelly McGillis as Claire, who keeps Babe on a very short leash-are depicted with a modicum of accuracy. The baseball sequences are well handled (though there could have been less slo-mo) while Elmer Bernstein 's charmingly old-fashioned musical score is right in tune with the film's approach to its subject. The Babe is rated PG; had this been the whole truth and nothing but, and R rating would probably have been in order. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Biopic [feature], Sports Drama
- Baseball Players
- 01 hr 55 min
- French , Spanish
- July 1, 2003
- Kelly McGillis , Trini Alvarado , Bruce Boxleitner , Peter Donat , John Goodman
- Ralph Foody , Dana Lubotsky , Harry Hutchinson , Jeffrey Wiseman , Nicholas Rudall , Michael Papajohn , Laura Whyte , Ken Kells , John Webb , Matt Doherty , Meg Thalken , Michael Krawic , Richard Tyson , Rick Reardon , Steve King , Brett Hadley , Danny Goldring , James Deuter , Jim Ortlieb , Larry Cedar , Ralph Marrero , Ron Dean , Shannon Cochran , Gene Ross , Michael Nicolosi , Albert B. Smith , William J. Norris , James Andelin , Beep Iams , Daniel Anderson , Shirley Spiegler-Jacobs , Hank Robinson , Roy Hytower , Ron West , Peter Siragusa , Ned Schmidtke , W. Earl Brown , Alan Johnson , James "Ike" Eichling , Bob Swan , James Cromwell , J.C. Quinn , Bernard Kates , Michael McGrady , Stephen Caffrey , Irma P. Hall
- Arthur Hiller
Rating: pg - Adult Situations
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