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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Drama, Sports

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Historical, Biography