A League Of Their Own


(out of 5)

With most able-bodied men off fighting in the trenches during World War II, professional baseball team owners turn to creating a women’s league in order to keep the game alive.  A documentary about the All Girl League that lasted into the fifties has been turned by Penny Marshall into a very entertaining comedy detailing a fictitious version of the story. It mainly centres around two mid-western farm sisters (, ) who join the league after a talent scout () sees them play ball. Following that they are tried out, trained and even sent to refinement classes (“each girl in the league shall be a lady”), all the while building up to a personal emotional confrontation of their own. Davis is exceptional, carrying the whole film without the slightest effort, while  lends excellent comedic support as the team’s alcoholic manager. Other roles in this delightfully scripted comedy (that has its share of genuinely touching moments as well) go to newcomer , , (Joan’s sister), , , and a very charming Madonna as sexpot All-The-Way-Mae Mordabito (her casting reportedly prompted original star Debra Winger to drop out over objections to “stunt casting”). The whole thing is great fun, even if it does last longer than it should and features some uneven pacing, with high pointers going to  for her fantastic dance number.


USA, 1992

Directed by

Story by , , Screenplay by

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Golden Globe Awards 1992

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