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Cobb (1994)

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A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is.

Director:

Ron Shelton

Writers:

Al Stump (article), Al Stump (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Ty Cobb
Robert Wuhl ... Al Stump
Lolita Davidovich ... Ramona
Ned Bellamy ... Ray
Scott Burkholder ... Jimmy
Allan Malamud Allan Malamud ... Mud
Bill Caplan Bill Caplan ... Bill
Jeff Fellenzer Jeff Fellenzer ... Sportswriter
Doug Krikorian Doug Krikorian ... Sportswriter
Gavin Smith Gavin Smith ... Sportsman's Lounge Bartender
Lou Myers ... Willie
William Utay ... Jameson
J. Kenneth Campbell ... William Herschel Cobb
Rhoda Griffis ... Amanda Chitwood Cobb
Tyler Logan Cobb Tyler Logan Cobb ... Young Ty
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Storyline

Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ball-player ever,' in his words. However, when Stump spends time with Cobb, interviewing him and beginning to write, he realizes that the general public opinion is largely correct. In Stump's presence, Cobb is angry, violent, racist, misogynistic, and incorrigibly abusive to everyone around him. Torn between printing the truth by plumbing the depths of Cobb's dark soul and grim childhood, and succumbing to Cobb's pressure for a whitewash of his character and a simple baseball tale of his greatness, Stump writes two different books. One book is for Cobb, the other for the public. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Taglines:

Everyone hated this baseball legend. And he loved it.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and for scenes of nudity and violent behavior | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cobb - Desejo de Glória See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,786, 4 December 1994

Gross USA:

$1,007,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,007,583
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tommy Lee Jones and Lolita Davidovich previously appeared in The Big Town (1987) and JFK (1991). See more »

Goofs

Cobb is seen being treated by a black nurse at Emory University Hospital shortly before his death. In 1961, Georgia hospitals and their staff were still strictly segregated. See more »

Quotes

Al Stump: All right, listen, you son of a bitch. If you die before the book is finished, I'll write the story I want.
Ty Cobb: I ain't gonna die before the story's finished.
Al Stump: I'll write slow.
Ty Cobb: I'll die slow.
[pause, and then]
Ty Cobb: Now get your clothes on, we're gonna go get some pussy.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are complete and the screen is black, Jones is heard to say "Baseball was 100% of my life." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The N Word (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
Written by Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen
Performed by Louis Prima, Keely Smith
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under licence from CEMA Special Products
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Tommy Lee Jones makes me care
9 December 1998 | by Pinky-6See all my reviews

I normally would have absolutely no interest in seeing a Baseball movie. But this is no normal Baseball movie. This is a movie with Tommy Lee Jones in it. He portrays a vicious, nasty, evil, abusive, racist, violent, rage-filled man. And his fans know, Tommy Lee Jones does this type of man as no other can. Although he is perhaps too young for the role, he was unfairly absent from the Oscar ballot that year. He made me laugh during his insane moments (of which there were many), he scared me during a particular brutal moment, and he made me cry during his weak moments. Side-kick Robert Wuhl seems a bit toady, but you eventually realize he loves Cobb <Jones as Cobb, at least> as much as you do. This is a wonderful movie. Worth renting, absolutely. For those of you whom doubt Tommy Lee Jones ability, rent Cobb, The Fugitive, and Heaven and Earth or Men in Black. This man is fantastic; he makes Cobb great.


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