A League of Their Own

Columbia Pictures Corporation / Parkway Productions Released 1992




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Penny Marshall

A League of Their Own is the sincere and funny chronicle of the All American Girls Baseball League, who played an important role in giving women aspirations outside of the kitchen, directed by Penny Marshall. While the boys go off and fight World War II, the question comes up who will take over the All American pastime in their place? The answer: the wives. The film centers around Dottie who's got a monster of a pitching arm, much to the chagrin of her less favorite sister Kit. When a recruiter comes calling on their lowly dairy farm to recruit for the newly formed woman's league run by renowned candy maker Walter Harvey, Dottie bargains to have her sister join as well if they want her. From there, an all star cast is assembled featuring Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell as respective players. Struggling to send the team in to the stratosphere is hapless reprobate coach Jimmy Dugan.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Empire Angie Errigo

    It's a mostly winning combination of sassy humour and sentiment, enlivened by some fun "newsreel" recreations that catch the period flavour of a sport adopting showbiz tactics - fl...

  • 78

    Austin Chronicle

    The story of the short-lived women's baseball league gives Marshall the opportunity to examine the roots of modern feminism and have a darn fine time doing it.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie has a real bittersweet charm. The baseball sequences, we've seen before. What's fresh are the personalities of the players, the gradual unfolding of their coach and the w...

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    • Production budget - $40,000,000
      Domestic gross - $107,533,928 (10th)
      Worldwide gross - $132,440,069 (19th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $211,440,205
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $260,412,280

    • Taglines:
      1. There's no crying in baseball!
      2. A woman's place is on home, first, second, and third.
      3. To achieve the incredible you have to attempt the impossible.
      4. Once in a lifetime you get a chance to do something different.
      5. This summer, Tom Hanks and the Rockford Peaches prove that a woman's place is at home...first, second & third.

    • Filming locations:
      Bosse Field, Evansville, Indiana
      Cooperstown, New York
      Dedeaux Field, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
      Evansville, Indiana
      Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, Illinois
      Henderson, Kentucky
      Hornville Tavern, Evansville, Indiana
      Huntingburg, Indiana
      Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Illinois
      Jay Littleton Ball Park, Ontario, California
      League Stadium, Huntingburg, Indiana
      Los Angeles, California
      New Harmony, Indiana
      Union, Illinois
      Wheaton, Illinois
      Wrigley Field, Lake View, Chicago, Illinois

    • ASCAP Award Nominations:
      1. Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures - Madonna

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Best Original Song - "This Used To Be My Playground"
      2. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical -  Geena Davis (won by Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April)

      Grammy Awards Nominations:
      1. Best on screen song - "Now and Forever"  (Carole King)


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Comedy, Drama, Sports