Cobb (1994)


“Baseball is a red blooded sport for red blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and molly-coddles had better stay out… It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest. ” – Ty Cobb

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 2 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the later life of baseball great Ty Cobb as he tries to write the story of his life with the help of a talented sportswriter.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recalled seeing on cable a few years after it came out and didn’t remember much about it.

They do a horrendous job with this biopic because they don’t find a way to make the characters sympathetic or enjoyable to watch at all.

As a baseball fan, I’ve always been aware of the fact that Ty Cobb was known as a real nasty player who only cared about himself and wasn’t much of a team player.

Tommy Lee Jones is an amazing actor, but his performance of Cobb is an attempt to play a cranky old man bitter about his past.

He doesn’t manage to play the character in any way that can make the viewer care about him and we just loathe him even more as the story progresses.

His chemistry with Robert Wuhl is also strange and their verbal sparring scenes just don’t work on any level because they are far from being evenly matched.

The baseball scenes are presented really poorly and instead of being exciting like they should be, they are actually extremely boring to watch.

Ths is a film that I wanted to end so much sooner than it actually does which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Terrible biopic that doesn’t manage to let us care about the characters at all. Jones is usually an amazing actor, but even he does a poor job with this character and makes him too cranky.  The baseball scenes are executed quite poorly and things done work at all.  Just wanted this film to end as quickly as possible because it wasn’t interesting at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Much of how Cobb was portrayed in this film has now been widely recognized as inaccurate. Al Stump’s books and magazine articles on Cobb have now been widely discredited, and serious baseball historians give Stump’s account of the later years of Cobb’s life very little credence. Charles Leerhsen’s biography, “Ty Cobb, A Terrible Beauty,” sets the record straight. Cobb did NOT attempt to have sex with the cocktail waitress in Las Vegas and then attempt to pay her off (Stump fabricated this), and many other alleged darker aspects of Cobb’s life are just plain not true. Several serious baseball historians have labeled this film highly inaccurate. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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