Biography / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.4


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Reviewed by GOWBTW 8

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.

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Reviewed by Quinoa1984 9

Under-rated and under-seen at the time of its original release, Cobb is the kind of sports film that would be un-watchable if it weren&#39;t made with such care to the dramatic side of things. Ron Shelton, responsible for such films as Bull Durham and Play it to the Bone, takes the story of finding a story as the basis for this tale of the legend Ty Cobb. Stump (Roberto Wuhl, pre-Arliss) takes on the task of writing a biography of one of the most notorious players of baseball, and when he meets him and starts to know him, he&#39;s almost scared to death. We learn from Cobb himself (in Tommy Lee Jones&#39; equivalent to Robert De Niro in Raging Bull) about his early years, his personal life to a degree (some of this is in detail, some of it&#39;s just in creative little snippets later on in the film), but not a whole lot about baseball. But what is known practically sums up the man- he felt a thrill in torturing the offensive team and getting jeered as he broke records (some of which may still stand today). As the story progresses, the relationship between Stump and Cobb is what becomes the focal point, and it&#39;s a tense, depressing, and oddly exciting path.<br/><br/>The details in the story, not of the flattering sort by any measure, give the film an appeal that would&#39;ve been lost if it were one of those straight-to-TV movies where you&#39;d only get hints of the man&#39;s nature. By way of the writer getting a story, Shelton brings revelatory points that are rather interesting, of occasionally off-putting. It&#39;s hard to imagine what it would be like to ride with Cobb, but watching it this way brings on a visceral reaction, at least from me. I first saw this film when I was younger when it was first on HBO, and I saw it again recently. As a case in psychology, it&#39;s a good movie. As a portrait of disintegration it&#39;s even better. But if you&#39;re thinking of getting a news-reel portraying only his accomplishments, look elsewhere. I&#39;m not sure if Ty Cobb was a great baseball player, but the film doesn&#39;t spare him at least some praise in that area. That Jones steals the show is no surprise either. A-

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Reviewed by sireelknight-935-419657 1

I would have rated the movie a lot higher if it had been labeled &#39;fiction&#39;, but as a biopic it&#39;s absolute garbage. I would love to see a serious movie on the &#39;real&#39; Ty Cobb.

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