A League of Their Own
Penny Marshall transformed from successful sitcom actress to acclaimed film director. Her fourth feature as a director, 1992's A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN has been hailed by IndieWire as one of the best sports movies of all time and is our next Rialto Recommends. In A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Marshall and writers Kim Wilson & Kelly Candaele (story) and Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (screenplay) took on a period piece with a massive ensemble that had to deliver both thrilling baseball sequences as well as the subtle, powerful message about just what women are capable of. As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. A LEAGUE OF THE THEIR OWN "is a movie about the fact that just because history might forget your accomplishments, doesn’t mean you didn’t fundamentally change the world. Before the release of A LEAGUE OF THE THEIR OWN many people had no idea that once upon a time, women got to play ball. Before the release of “A LEAGUE OF THE THEIR OWN many people wouldn’t think that a woman could direct not just one but two blockbusters: Marshall was the first woman to direct a $100 million movie with “Big;” this was her second." – Indiewire. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN is streaming on Fubo, the Roku Channel, and USA. It is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, Vudu, DirectTV, Apple, GooglePlay, YouTube, and others. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN has withstood the test of time and proven to be a far more lasting film than the critics initially gave it and Marshall credit for. It's time to reconsider A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. The New York Times was right when it said A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN was "One of the year's most cheerful, most relaxed, most easily enjoyable comedies. It's a serious film that's lighter than air, a very funny movie that manages to score a few points for feminism in passing."