Reviewed byMichael O'KeefeVote: 6/10/10
Despite critical reviews, this is really an interesting movie. A differentlook at legendary home run slugger Babe Ruth. Very low budget andhistorically incorrect. A major league turn around from the William BendixBABE RUTH STORY(1948). Rowdy and ribald and one of baseball's originalheroes is shown drinking, cavorting, skirt chasing and deep in gluttony. Thereal "Bambino"? Not candy coated, but not honestly factual either. JohnGoodman is outstanding as the slugger of mammoth and mythical home runs.Kelly McGillis plays Clare Ruth. Also in the cast are Bruce Boxleitner, JoeRagno and Peter Donat. Take it all in stride. It is only a movie and notengraved in granite.
Reviewed byfridgeperry72Vote: 3/10/10
The 2 biggest complaints I had were the sequence of events in the movieandthe character that Mr. Goodman portrayed.
It seemed that the movie attempted to show all events which dealt withBabeRuth's life. Most actually seemed accurate, but the positioning of eachevent was off. For example, if Babe was so much against divorcing hisfirstwife, why did he go ahead and marry Claire while still being married? Thefact is, that he did not marry Claire until his first wife tragicallydied.This is not portrayed this way in the movie. Also, the movie suggestedthatBabe met claire as a rookie in Boston. He met Claire in New York in 1923.Does anyone actually think that Babe Ruth would have continued playing forthe Yankees if he dangled his manager (his boss) off a movingtrain???
As for the acting. Babe Ruth NEVER approached the weight displayed by Mr.Goodman. Babe hovered around 200-210 for the most part of his careeralthough his weight did fluctuate. It was a truly sick thing trying towatch Mr. Goodman swing or run around the bases. The guy could barely fitinto a uniform. I did think that Mr. Goodman really did well in hisfacialexpressions, speech and overall demeanor of the Babe. It was the physicalacting that was left to be desired.
I would have liked the movie to concentrate more on Babe's lifestyle offthefield. His womanizing (not enough in this movie), his appetite (notenoughin this movie), and the fact he just was a social boob (i.e. couldn'tremember names, had no manners). His on the field statistics speak forthemselves.
Reviewed byahlstrom61Vote: 3/10/10
The best part of "The Babe" with John Goodman is his excellentimitation of Babe Ruth's mannerisms and speaking. Goodman particularlyhandled Ruth's verbal style. This film suffered quite a bit from itsemphasis and interpretation of Babe Ruth's character and life. I knowpeople that knew Babe Ruth, and while they said he went out and drankregularly, they said he was rarely out of control they way he wasdepicted by Goodman in the film. Nor was he sloppy and horriblyoverweight like John Goodman was in the film. The Babe didn't getparticularly heavy till his last 2-3 years in the major leagues, andeven after retiring continued to play in exhibitions around NorthAmerica. Some others asked if he really hit 3 homeruns in his last gamewith the Boston Braves. That is also not correct and was incorrectlydepicted in the film (Ruth dropping his hat in front of the Bravesowner). He did hit three homeruns in one game in his final season inold Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, but it was not his final game. Thisfilm focused almost solely on Ruth's lack of personal discipline andimmaturity, which was not a problem for him after 1925 when he wasfined and admonished by his Manager Miller Huggins. From 1926 to 1932,Ruth had perhaps the finest run of offensive seasons of any MajorLeague hitter - this was not even mentioned in the film, and his banneryears of 1923 (when he hit .393) and 1927 (60 homeruns) were barelymentioned; I think the film spent less than one minute on his 60homerun year. All in all, this film was very disappointing,particularly to Yankee fans and to those who were acquainted with BabeRuth. The TV movie about Babe Ruth (which included Pete Rose as TyCobb) was a much better film.
Traces the career of Babe Ruth from his days as a youngster in an orphanage to his last days as a manager. Includes such moments as the famous predicted home run and the promise to little Johnny.