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A League of Their Own (1992)



Critic Consensus: Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast.

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The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far away in Europe and Asia fighting World War II. The league flourished until after World War II, when, with the men's return, the league was consigned to oblivion. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel re-create the wartime era when women's baseball looked to stand a good chance of sweeping the country. The story begins as a candy-bar tycoon enlists agents to scour the country to find women who could play ball. In the backwoods of Oregon, two sisters -- Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty) -- are discovered. Dottie can hit and catch, while Kit can throw a mean fastball. The girls come to Chicago to try out for the team with other prospects that include their soon-to-be-teammates Mae Mordabito (Madonna), Doris Murphy (Rosie O'Donnell), and Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh). The team's owner, Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall) needs someone to coach his team and he picks one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), who is now a broken-down alcoholic. After a few weeks of training, as Dugan sobers up, the team begins to show some promise. By the end of the season, the team has improved to the point where they are competing in the World Series (which is no big deal, since there are only four teams in the league).

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Tom Hanks
as Jimmy Dugan
Geena Davis
as Dottie Hinson
Lori Petty
as Kit Keller
as Mae Mordabito
Rosie O'Donnell
as Doris Murphy
Jon Lovitz
as Ernie Capadino
Megan Cavanagh
as Marla Hooch
Tracy Reiner
as Betty Horn
David Strathairn
as Ira Lowenstein
Garry Marshall
as Walter Harvey
Bill Pullman
as Bob Hinson
Bitty Schram
as Evelyn Gardner
Ann Cusack
as Shirley Baker
Freddie Simpson
as Ellen Sue Gotlander
Renée Coleman
as Alice Gaspers
Robin Knight
as `Beans' Babbitt
Patti Pelton
as Marbleann Wilkenson
Anne Ramsay
as Helen Haley
Kelli Simpkins
as Beverly Dixon
Neezer Tarleton
as Neezer Dalton
Connie Pounds-Taylor
as Connie Calhoun
Kathleen Marshall
as `Mumbles' Brockman
Sharon Szmidt
as Vivian Ernst
Pauline Brailsford
as Miss Cuthbert
Eddie Jones
as Dave Hooch
R.M. Haley
as Empathetic Umpire
Don S. Davis
as Racine Coach Charlie
Janet Jones
as Racine Pitcher
Brenda Ferrari
as Racine Pitcher
Joey Slotnick
as 2nd Doris Fan
Téa Leoni
as Racine 1B
Laurel Cronin
as Maida Gilespie
Robert Stanton
as Western Union Man
Patricia J. Wilson
as Older Marla
Joe Krowka
as Heckler
Harry Shearer
as Newsreel Announcer
Ryan Howell
as Jeffrey
David Franks
as Vacuum Salesman
Ryan Olsen
as Dollbody Kid
Ellie Weingardt
as Charm School Instructor
Larissa Collins
as Charm School Assistant
Douglas Blakeslee
as 1st Doris Fan
Joseph Slotnick
as 2nd Doris Fan
Brian Flannery
as 1st Autograph Kid
Stephen Feagley
as 2nd Autograph Kid
Rae Allen
as Ma Keller
Gregory Sporleder
as Mitch Swaley
Eddie Mekka
as Mae's Guy in Bar
Blaire Baron
as Margaret
Stephen Mailer
as Kit's Date in Bar
Ray Chapman
as Ticket Scalper
Joette Hodgen
as Opera Singer
Lynn Cartwright
as Older Dottie
Kathleen Butler
as Older Kit
Eunice Anderson
as Older Mae
Vera Johnson
as Older Doris
Patricia Wilson
as Older Marla
Mark Holton
as Older Stilwell
Barbara Erwin
as Older Shirley
Betty Miller
as Older Betty
Eugenia McLin
as Older Elle Sue
Marvin Einhorn
as Older Ira
Shirley Burkovich
as Older Alice
Dolores "Pickles" Dries
as Lady in Bleachers
Lisa Hand
as Shelly Adlard
Cheryl Jones
as Vickie Buse
Sally Rutherford
as Julie Croteau
Lita Scmitt
as Tonya Gilles Koch
Amanda Walker
as Kirsten Gretick
Brenda Watson
as Stacey Gustaferro
Cherry Jones
as Additional Player
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Critic Reviews for A League of Their Own

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (24)

With this tribute to the real-life All American Girls Professional Baseball League (1942-1954), director Penny Marshall confirms what some of us have suspected all along -- that she can play hardball in Hollywood's big leagues.

August 17, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Director Penny Marshall once again proves herself to possess both a deft hand for light comedy and an unfortunate weakness for sentimentality.

February 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Then comes the ending. Or rather endings, for in common with many Hollywood scripts. A League of Their Own mercilessly drags its heels.

February 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Under Penny Marshall's spirited, warm direction, the players shine.

July 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Hardly a perfect film, League nonetheless represents a breakthrough in women's sports movies: It's a celebration of sport for sport's sake.

May 30, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A League of Their Own is a bright idea that turns into a pile of mush.

January 3, 2018

Audience Reviews for A League of Their Own

So glad to finally see such an iconic piece of Evansville history! Bosse Field, America's third oldest ballpark, plays the home of the Racine Belles, and boy does she nail it!

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

A light-hearted story with a marginally-talented cast (e.g., Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz, Lori Petty, Geena Davis -- not real powerhouse actors). Tom Hanks seems to be the center of gravity in this film -- but then again, he's the only one who's really pulling off the whole "acting" thing. Despite its flaws, it's a thoroughly enjoyable film with a great soundtrack.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


You know you're watching something special when even Madonna does a good acting job. A highly enjoyable drama-comedy, that not only strikes a blow for gender equality and women in sports, but is also incredibly funny. I've never had much interest in baseball (watching it that is, because I do love playing it) and yet this movie had me very entertained. And if that doesn't say something about how fun it is, I don't know what will.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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