Film: A League of Their Own

Opened: July 1, 1992

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Anne Ramsay, Megan Cavanagh, Freddie Simpson, Tracy Reiner, Bitty Schram, Renée Coleman, Anne Cusack, Robin Knight, Patti Pelton, Kelli Simpkins, Connie Pounds-Taylor, Kathleen Marshall, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall, Julie Croteau, Bill Pullman, Janet Jones, Téa Leoni, Don S. David, Eddie Jones, Justin Scheller, Pauline Brailsford, Rae Allen & DeLisa Chinn-Tyler

An exciting sports film with an all-star (mostly female) cast, A League of Their Own deserves to be celebrated for all its aspects – and for having one of the greatest film quotes.

During World War II, Major League Baseball is threatened because of players going to battle. Ira Lowenstein (David Strathairn) is put in charge of a women’s league and makes former Chicago Cubs player Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) coach of the Rockford Peaches, which includes sisters Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty).

In her first film role, Rosie O’Donnell shines in her scenes as third base woman Doris Murphy. The entire ensemble cast meshes well and feels like an actual team through both the ups and downs. Davis is a strong leader – both in her role and as an actress.

Final say: There’s some crying in baseball. ★★★★★

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