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A League of Their Own

by

Roger Davidson

League of Their Own, A
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A most entertaining comedy, this tells the story of the Women's Baseball League. The league was set up during WWII, a time when most of baseball's greatest players went off to fight in Europe and in the Pacific. Among the great female players that came out of the league were Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis), her kid sister Kit (Lori Petty), Mae Mordabito (Madonna) and Doris Murphy (Rosie O'Donnell). Coaching the women was the job of former baseball player Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), a recovering alcoholic who seemed to be a better drinker than a coach.

A very funny story from beginning to end, it's a perfect showcase for the acting-comic talents of Davis, O'Donnell and especially Hanks. Even Madonna, normally unreliable as an actor, is fine. Especially during the baseball sequences! The major problem is the overly melodramatic subplot involving the relationship between Davis and Petty. It does not move you and will not interest you in the least. On the upside, it doesn't draw your attention away from the comedy and sports scenes. The best thing about this is how it opens up a rarely talked about part of history. Thank the sure-footed direction by Penny Marshall, the lightning-paced script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel and especially the performers for that.

My Rating = Three Stars


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