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by Chris Parry

"Tommy Lee Jones gets mad respect for this, irrespective of MIB2."
4 stars

Ty Cobb was a hell of a baseball player. A right bastard on the field, often sliding into base with sharpened spikes and inciting fan hatred whenever in the outfield, he was also a right bastard off the diamond, being a famous racist, sexist and alcoholic. As Cobb was nearing the end of his life, with millions of dollars in the bank and nobody to spend it on, he called on a sportswriter, Al Stump, to come tell his side of the story. Rather than harp on his baseball feats (five seasons with a batting average over .400 ain't too foul), Cobb follows this late life meeting of the minds and shows the sportswriters' dilemma; do I tell the people what a prick this guy is and sell newspapers or do I keep the hero alive in the minds of all by embellishing the truth?

Tommy Lee Jones will never play a better role than, nor play it as well as, he does here. As Ty Cobb, Jones immerses himself in the role of The Georgia Peach and simply doesn't let up. He's angry, ornery, hilarious, disgusting, and ultimately sad as hell.

Robert Wuhl (better known to HBO viewers as Arli$$) doesn't back up a step opposite this powerhouse performance, giving as good as he gets and injecting a little more hilarity in his guise as straight man Al Stump. Certainly hanging with Cobb would have been a humiliating experience, but along the way Stump finds himself becoming Cobb's friend - perhaps his only friend. This leaves the sportswriter to not only work out what makes Cobb tick, but what events brought about his mindset, whether he means what he says or simply puts on a brave face as he sinks into insecurity, and whether he should abandon this pain in the arse or convince him to make good on years of hate.

Only the long dead Cobb and Al Stump himself know how much of this is fact and how much is fiction, but one thing is for certain, it makes for a damn fine tale and gones some way to explaining one of the most hated, yet loved, figures in baseball history.

Written and directed by Rod Shelton (Bull Durham, Blue Chips) the film is not an action-packed adventure, it's simply a story of a grumpy old prick trying to make sense of his life during his last days of existence and the unwitting friend who'll see him through. Light on baseball, high on memorable moments, it's a must-see.

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8/13/11 art HORRIBLE Movie! 1 stars
2/12/09 Phineas Jones is a SHITTY,hammy actor. He didn't come close to getting even the essence of Cobb. 1 stars
7/01/05 Dan good show 4 stars
2/22/04 sandra laurie the best , Tommie jones made the movie hit home 5 stars
1/09/04 Craig Seberson very entertaining, top notch acting 5 stars
9/25/02 Buddha Strong performance, strong flick. 4 stars
5/23/02 Dave man...It was awesome 5 stars
3/03/02 Phil M. Afficianado Only Jones performance keeps this out of the toilet, but just barely 2 stars
11/03/99 Todd Tommy Lee Jones is excelent in it. It's had to believe that Ty Cobb was such an asshole. 5 stars
5/23/99 GothamDK Too long. Ty Cobb was suppose to be real a-hole and was portrayed as such. 2 stars
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