Cobb

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Released 1994

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Director:
Ron Shelton
Released:
1994
Rating:
R
Cobb is an unflattering and striking film profiling baseball legend Ty Cobb. Ty Cobb's (Tommy Lee Jones) baseball achievements are undeniable. While heralded by many as "the greatest baseball player of all time" Cobb was also known to be a racist, a misogynist, and overall very difficult, violent person to have ever been around. Wanting to set the record straight about his personal failings, an elderly, dying Cobb hand picks renowned sports journalist Al Stump (Robert Wuhl) to write his unauthorized autobiography, asking that his picture is painted as virtuous and without failings. But as he spends more time with the baseball legend, Stump begins to see that all the rumors are true; Cobb is indeed an absolute terror to be around, having driven away all those close to him, living constantly drunk and angry. Torn, Stump resolutes to write two separate books, a flattering puff piece, and a more unforgiving, true to reality version that he will publish after Cobb dies. Ron Shelton directs Cobb, a rare look at one of baseball's legends.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Jones lets it all loose here. It's the performance of a lifetime: full of menace and venom, eloquence and fire, rot and pathos, crackling rawness and realism.

  • 88

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    Shelton's strong, stinging film — one of the year's best — wants to get at something ingrained in the American character: the irrational desire to make saints of sports heroes.

  • 75

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    Cobb is an ironic and telling look at the machinery of myth-making and the chasm that can exist between image and reality. It is enriched by going further - into the impact on the ...

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Drama, Sports

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Historical, Biography