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George Herman "Babe" Ruth (John Goodman) grows from a troubled boy who was sent to an orphanage to one of the most successful baseball players on record. Babe first becomes a power hitter and pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. After a falling-out with Red Sox owner Harry Frazee (Peter Donat), Babe is sold to the New York Yankees. He is idolized in New York, setting a record for home runs, as well as creating dramatic moments like hitting two homers for a sick boy in the hospital.

Cast & Crew

John Goodman
George Herman "Babe" Ruth
Kelly McGillis
Claire Hodgson Ruth
Trini Alvarado
Helen Woodford Ruth
Bruce Boxleitner
Jumpin' Joe Dugan
Peter Donat
Harry Frazee
James Cromwell
Brother Mathias
J.C. Quinn
Jack Dunn
Joseph Ragno
Miller Huggins
Bernard Kates
Colonel Jack Ruppert
Andy Voils
Young Jidge
Dylan Day
Johnny Sylvester, 10 Years Old
Stephen Caffrey
Johnny Sylvester
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Critic Reviews for The Babe

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (20)

  • It's not a bad movie. But its sentiments are faster than its reflexes. By the time it tries to uncoil a home-run swing, the ball has already vanished.

    May 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Goodman should have been perfect for the title role: like Ruth, he's a regular Joe of hugely irregular proportions in appetite and accomplishment. Too bad Hiller and Fusco cut him down to size.

    May 9, 2014
  • It doesn`t matter that these things really happened, because the thin staging and sentimental exaggeration make them seem extremely phony in any case.

    May 9, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An honestly unheroic view of a hero, with a grand-slam performance by John Goodman.

    May 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • What could have been the Raging Bull of baseball movies becomes the nibble of a mouse on the legend of a giant.

    May 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Thanks to Goodman and the great Ruth mystique, The Babe does maintain a median level of entertainment. But somehow you want a movie about a fellow this big-natured and mythic to hit a home run. What we have here is more of a solid base hit.

    May 9, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not a bad movie. But its sentiments are faster than its reflexes. By the time it tries to uncoil a home-run swing, the ball has already vanished.

    May 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Goodman should have been perfect for the title role: like Ruth, he's a regular Joe of hugely irregular proportions in appetite and accomplishment. Too bad Hiller and Fusco cut him down to size.

    May 9, 2014
  • It doesn`t matter that these things really happened, because the thin staging and sentimental exaggeration make them seem extremely phony in any case.

    May 9, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An honestly unheroic view of a hero, with a grand-slam performance by John Goodman.

    May 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • For those expecting a baseball movie, The Babe is less about baseball and more about a man who never had a family and was spending his life trying to find one.

    May 5, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ninth-inning attempts to probe the darker side of Ruth's life and his shabby treatment at the hands of baseball during his declining years are no more compelling than the rest of this by-the-numbers bio.

    May 9, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Babe

  • Jun 29, 2013
    Possibly the worst sports film I have ever seen. Goodman is absolutely dreadful and full of more ham than an entire delicatessen. Frankly, this film is an insult to Babe Ruth and everything he did. I wish this film was never made.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2013
    Considering that Babe Ruth is the greatest Baseball player that ever lived, you'd think that a film on his life would a memorable and highly entertaining film. The Babe is not a great film, but it's not an awful one either. As a whole it a fun little film that is good, but leaves a lot to be desired. There could have been many things that could have been improved upon, but for what it is, it's mindless entertainment value. I felt that considering Ruth's story, a film based on his life could definitely have been something great, but this film falls short. I enjoyed the film, but considering that Babe Ruth was such an icon, it could have been much better. Despite the inaccuracies, John Goodman is quite good in the lead and does what he can with the material. This film may appeal to Baseball fans, and they mind it entertaining and it is, but it far from what it could have been. The script is underdeveloped and there are clearly good ideas at work, but it plot could have been better structured. With The Babe, we get an underrated biopic of Babe Ruth, that is better than what most critics have said, but the definitive film on Babe Ruth has yet to be made. Entertaining and amusing, The Babe was made with inaccurate facts of Babe Ruth, instead opting for your typical Hollywood style storyline. Although flawed, I liked it, buy like I said, it could have been better as well. Although not the greatest Sports drama filmed, it is not the worst, that honor belongs to The Rookie, which was awful. Goodman gives the film its charm, and he is quite good here. The Babe is a fun little film that manages to overcome its imperfections due to an interesting subject.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2010
    There Was Only One. Good baseball movie! This film was genuinely uplifting and to all who only saw the negative side of this film, shame on you. John Goodman is a huge Babe fan and even he felt that this was an acurate portrayal of the Bambino. The film is inspiring, positive for the most part and it's made me feel good every time I've seen it. The Babe is a biopic of George Herman 'Babe' Ruth. The film follows his seemingly bi-polar life from being abandoned by his father at an orphanage, to the discovery of his tremendous home-run hitting ability and finally to his later days. Several items from his legend are included (whether true or not) including: His calling of of a home run, the promise to a dying youngster to hit two home runs in a game that day, and the quote that he had a better year than the president.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2008
    Not good, but not horrible either considering it operates within the confines of a PG rating. All the kid actors sucked big time! Babe Ruth's story is pretty legendary, so this biopic can definitely stand to be remade.
    Ed K Super Reviewer

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