It's nice to read about all the baseball legends of all time. Lou Gehrig's legacy was short lived due to ALS, Babe Ruth is a true legend. Everyone else is a baseball hero to someone. But when it comes to Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb, you better be warned. His batting average is superb, his base steals are amazing, his home runs, outstanding. When it comes to his view of the world, it's nothing but contempt and resentment. Al Stump(Robert Wuhl) goes on a trip to Nevada to meet the baseball legend Cobb(Tommy Lee Jones) and from Stump's point of view, knows he sees nothing nice to think or write about the ailing legend. Isn't baseball legends, or any sports legend should get a great repertoire? Not Cobb! He's a racist, sexist, resentful, and full of contempt to races, women, and the world itself. He gives himself a bad name on the field, in an event, or anywhere he goes. His childhood was nothing special, everyone gets over a bad childhood, he didn't. I felt sorry for Al Stump, being threaten by Cobb, and forcing him to write "his" story about his life. At least he was brave enough to know the real Cobb while others would be gullible enough to believe the "Great One" himself. The other baseball legends were smart enough not to invite Cobb to the private party because of his reputation. Tommy Lee Jones did a spectacular performance on playing Cobb, and Robert Wuhl is amazing as well. I remember him playing Alexander Knox in the 1989 version of "Batman". When you want to look up for a hero in sports, make sure you find someone who's not a total sorehead, like Cobb. He would have been a perfect role model in baseball, if he hadn't been such a hothead. I was informed by a Georgian that no one went to his funeral. Don't let the movie bring you down on the pastime sport, enjoy it, learn from it. Don't be like Ty! Rating 3 out of 5 stars.
Biography / Drama
Biography / Drama
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.
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