The Babe

Synopsis: Traces the career of Babe Ruth from his days as a youngster in an orphanage to his last days as a manager. Includes such moments as the famous predicted home run and the promise to little Johnny.
Director(s): Arthur Hiller
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

All right,Jack! Here we go!

Come on, boy!

Here we go! Swing, batter!

Left field, left field!

What's this place?


Brother Paul!

Mr! Roth!


How old?

- He's-- How old are you?

- I'm seven!

He's the size of an ox!

He must be 10 or 11!

- I'm seven!

- I can't control him, Brother!

Are you a priest?


He's never in school, always at

the docks! He's like an animal!

And I got

a business to tend to!

And my wife, she's poorly!

How long do you think-- He'll

be reviewed every six months.

If he continues to be

incorrigible, he stays!

Until the legal age,

of course.

What's in-cor-rig-ible?

Now, you're goin'

with Brother Paul!

You got no one to blame

but yourself!

Goin' where, Da'?

Da', help me!

Where're you goin'?

Hey, Da'! Da'!

Never mind, ""Hey, Da'''!


I want my mother!

If you do well, your mother

can come on holidays!

Now, inside!

Stop right there!


Hey, Dad!

Don't leave me here!

""Excuse me!''

""Excuse me!''

Excuse me!

- ""Brother Matthias!''

- Brother Matthias!

Get up!


Hey, fat chops!

Look at fat chops!

He's doin' it

all wrong!

How come your mother and father

didn't come on visiting day?

'Cause you're

too fat and ugly?

They own a saloon, lop ears!

They gotta work!

They're takin' me home


No, they ain't!

Satan finds work

for idle hands.

Satan finds work

for idle hands.

Satan finds work

for idle hands!

Satan finds work

for idle hands!

Satan finds work

for idle hands!

Strike three, batsman!

Back of the line!


Your turn, fat chops!

Let's see if you can

even hit the ball.

I said, next!

Hurry up, large ass!

Hey, son,

pick up the stick!

He hasn't held

a bat in his life.

He doesn't need a bat!

He can use his stomach!

Nice miss!

Try it again!

He can't even

foul the ball!

Are you tryin'

to kill it?

You're tryin' to hit the long

ball off the great Matthias!

Strike one!

Hey, see if you can

even hit the ball.

He probably can't even

make it go one inch!

Son of a b*tch!


- Whoa!

Look at that!

- Whoa!

- Holy smoke!

Did you see that?

Sorry, Brother!

I'm not!

I've been waitin' 30 years for St!

Francis of Xavier to show me a miracle!

I think it's just arrived!


Lord Almighty! Three

home runs in one game?

Have patience, Mr! Dunn!

It's only the 7 th inning!

He's the size of Mt! Vesuvius!

What's he doing here?

Good morning,




Who are you, Mr! Dunn?

What do you mean when you say you

have an interest in one of our boys?

I'm the

Baltimore Orioles!

My business is to turn around a team

that's lost its first six games...

and is goin'down

theJohnny flusher real quick.

Your man, Ruth,

is a real slugger!

Yes, he is!

He slugged me once!

He's listed in our register

as incorrigible.

Do you know what that

word means, Mr! Dunn?

It means, strictly speaking!!!

bad beyond reform!

Good day, Mr. Dunn.

What if I were to,

I don't know--

If I were to adopt him, say!

What if I were to become

his legal guardian?

What if the Baltimore professional

baseball franchise were to adopt him?

- Take him in?

- Into where?

- Orioles Park, Father!

- Brother!

He pitched nine

perfect blanks yesterday!

And you should have seen

the ball he hit!

326 feet!

We measured it!

Landed past--

You're not listening!

We're speaking about a lad who didn't

have a smoke until he was six!!!

didn't touch a drink

until he was seven!

Didn't see

his parents...

from the day he was dumped off

here 12 years ago!

He was abandoned, unwanted!

These words you won't find

stamped there in your register!

His mother is deceased now.

His father wants no part ofhim.

And to be wanted is the greatest thing

that could ever happen to a boy likeJidge!

Mr. Dunn...

if we were to parole him, and you

were to sign as his legal guardian--

On what grounds,

Brother Matthias?

On the grounds that the "Orioles have lost

their first six games and are headed right down--

What was it,

theJohnny flusher?

Open them!

Brother, I'd like to

thank you for everything!

We'll take good care of him! Mr! Dunn!

It's okay,Jidge!

Go on!

God bless!

All right,Jack!

Here we go!

Smoke it by him,


Hey, batter,

batter, batter!

Where did he come from?

The Orioles!

He was there a few weeks! Harry

paid Dunnie $30,000 for him!

If you ask me, he fell out of

a tree like some kind of baboon!

No hitter

up there!

- Where'd you come from, rook?

- We got a ruby out here!

Let's go!

One down!

He don't look like no rookie! He looks

like a veteran! Three or four veterans!

No batter up there!

Come on!

Come on!

Strike two!

He's swinging from

the heels like a greenhorn!

Warhop struck him out twice! Send him back

to Baltimore! Give him time, Mr! Frazee!

Time to pack his bags and

get the hell outta here!

Foul ball!

He's out,Jack!




Here come the Bostons

Here come the Bostons

Here come the Bostons

to win the game for sure

Here come the Bostons

Here come the Bostons

Here come the Bostons

to win the game for sure

We've got a homer

We've got a homer

We've got a homer

What'd I tell ya?

Atta baby!

Atta baby!

Atta baby!

Go on!

Go on!




Hot dog!


Hip-hip hooray

There you go, sir! Keep the change!

Thank you!


You boys want some red hots? Yeah!

Come on down here!

Big Jidge Ruth is treatin'.

The dogs are on me.

Pass some out to all

the fellas! Sure thing!


Thanks, mister!


You're a luckyJoe, dad,

bein'able to ride this all day.

This is some gadget, dad!

How about one more time?

Jidge, we got a press

meetin'! You sure love to ride!

I'm goin' up once more! You're

just a babe in the woods!

Come on,

get outta there!

You used my toothbrush

last night, Ruth!

That's okay! You can use mine

anytime you want to,Jim!



If we're gonna be roommates,

don't use my toothbrush!

And you don't use

my razor eith--


So what do you do, jump

a lot? Yeah, contracts!

Wherever the money is, I jump!

Team to team like a rabbit!

So, that's my name!

That was a hell of a

long ball you hit today!

You caught a lucky piece of wood!

Tomorrow I'm gonna hit another!!!

maybe two!

I'm feelin' ""hitterish!''

What was that?

I like to hit home runs!

You like to hit

home runs, huh?

You say that like I say,

""I like to eat peanuts!''

Better hold your tongue!

Home run's a rare commodity!

We play inside ball!

Hit 'em where they ain't,

that's the rule!

They ain't over the fences,

so that's where I hit 'em!

Don't talk like that, boy!

Put your money away!

She's got more curves

than a scenic railway!

Some dame, huh?

Jumpin'Joe, I want

a new pair of shoes!!!

and I want me a motorcycle,

and I want a dame!

- Wow, look at that!

- I want one of those!


Look out!

One hot chocolate

with lots of cream!

And one tea

with lots of cream.

Can I get you

anything else?


- Pecan pie, maybe?

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John Fusco

John Fusco is an American screenwriter born in Prospect, Connecticut. His screenplays include Crossroads, Young Guns, Young Guns II, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, and the Oscar-nominated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. more…

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