USA | 1992 | 128 minutes | PG
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Director: Penny Marshall
Cast: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Madonna
“Because there’s no crying in baseball. THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying!” is the most famous line in A League of Their Own. In fact, it’s one of the most popular lines in cinema. But it is far from the best line in the film. The best line is “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard, is what makes it great.”
A League of Their Own is beloved for its pioneering historical fiction. The central reason is Marshall’s skilled direction and love of the sport. Marshall understood the poetry of baseball, and how the sights and sounds translate perfectly to film. Baseball is a storytelling sport. It starts like a western, with a showdown between two people, and then the players embark on a journey home, overcoming obstacles.
Marshall taps into what’s at the core of baseball and movies ——nostalgia. Nostalgia’s rooted in homesickness. Baseball is about getting home. Throw them together in a historical story, of soldiers far from home, and a group of women saving the day by keeping morale going back home, and you have a top tier sports movie, a great baseball movie and maybe the greatest nostalgia movie of all time. – VANYA GARRAWAY
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