A League of Their Own

League of Their Own

A film by Penny Marshall
Starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna

When World War II threatens to shut down Major League Baseball, candy magnate and Chicago Cubs owner Walter Harvey creates a women’s league to make money. The league likes what it sees in catcher Dottie. She is the best player in the league. After tryouts, Dottie, her sister Kit, and other players Marla, Betty Spaghetti, best friends Mae and Doris all make the Rockford Peaches.

The Peaches are managed by Jimmy Dugan, a former marquee Cubs slugger who lost his career due to alcohol. He treats the team as a joke, forcing Dottie to take on his duties. Eventually, Jimmy takes over after clashing with Dottie over an in-game decision.

Over the course of the season, the team and league pick up steam, but Dottie and Kit form an intense sibling rivalry, culminating in Kit being traded to the Racine Belles. The two teams meet in the World Series, with both the game and the sibling rivalry on the line.

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. By the end, when the women get together again for their reunion, it’s touching, the way they have to admit that, whaddaya know, they really were pioneers. —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. By the end, when the women get together again for their reunion, it’s touching, the way they have to admit that, whaddaya know, they really were pioneers. —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

Technical Information

Production Year
1992
Countries of Production
USA, USA
Languages
English, English
Running Time
128 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013
7:00pm

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