A League of Their Own (1992) is an American comedy-drama directed by Penny Marshall (IMDb). This film tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was formed in the 1940s as a result of World War II. Starring Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan, Geena Davis as Dottie Hinson, and Lori Petty as Kit Keller, A League of Their Own is an entertaining and historical film that takes viewers back to a time in American history when young men went to war and women stepped up to the plate—both literally and figuratively (IMDb). A League of Their Own grossed slightly over 132 million dollars worldwide in the box office and received a total of eight nominations and six awards from the 1990s to 2010s (IMDb). The film was nominated …show more content…
The movie does a good job recreating the way women replaced men during World War II and the sexism that was presented against them for doing things outside of their normal gender roles. It also gives you a historically accurate picture of how women were expected to look and act. The uniform dresses and the charm school allow the viewer to realize what a big role the feminine persona was. Only a few aspects of the movie were historically inaccurate. In real life, Kit and Dottie were not pitcher and catcher, but the writer of A League of Their Own thought the story would be more interesting portraying the sisters in these roles (AAGPBL FAQ). Also, the real founder of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Mr. Wrigley, made his fortune by selling gum, not candy bars (League History). Besides the few minor historical inaccuracies, A League of Their Own is a quality movie that could be used as a teaching tool. It would leave viewers with an overall accurate depiction of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the gender roles of women in the …show more content…
This film does a good job of not only entertaining viewers but also providing an accurate representation of gender roles of women in the forties. Works Cited A League of Their Own. Dir. Penny Marshall. Prod. Robert Greenhut. By Lowell Ganz. Perf. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna. Columbia Pictures, 1992. IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 17 Aug. 2016. George, K. "Gender Roles in A Post-War America." ThirdSight History. N.p., 13 Apr. 2013. Web. 17 Aug. 2016. "Women at Work • The 1940's • 1940-1949 • Fashion History Movies Music." The 1940's • 1940-1949 • Fashion History Movies Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Aug. 2016. Kamrath, Leanna. "Interview with Jeanie Des Combes Lesko." Official Website of the AAGPBL. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Aug. 2016. "AAGPBL FAQ: GENERAL QUESTIONS." Official Website of the AAGPBL. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Aug. 2016. "League History." Official Website of the AAGPBL. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Aug. 2016. "Charm School." Official Website of the AAGPBL. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Aug. 2016. "AAGPBL Action Photos." Official Website of the AAGPBL. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Aug.
Baseball, America’s greatest pastime, has been documented in thousands of movies; however The Sandlot and The Bad News Bears capture the most memorable aspects and cruel realities of little league and backyard baseball before the sport became a hollywood enterprise. The Sandlot shows baseball in its purest form, a group of neighborhood boys playing a never ending game and playing for the love of the game. The Bad News Bears represents the pains of little league baseball, from learning what a baseball is, to finding a select few athletes who take over the team to win at all costs. Both movies are classics in the baseball genre of film and are alike, yet so different that they are entertaining for all.
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The 1996 film Fargo by the Joel and Ethan Coen captivates the rare heroics of a pregnant female officer from Brainerd, Minnesota. The film’s depiction of female heroics is a proponent for empowering women in the film industry. We are always accustomed to seeing men as the primary focus and center of a film and women as the impotent secondary character. Films today should start portraying women as the strong primary character and, a character that’s inspires women to make difference like Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) did. Film is a societal changing platform and The Coen brothers use that to bring some parity in our male dominant society.
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