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A League of Their Own (1992)

NOTE: This commentary is only on the "Special Edition" of A League of Their Own, not on the original DVD release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Penny Marshall, and actors Lori Petty, Megan Cavanagh, and Tracy Reiner Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 19th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Director Marshall pilots this group commentary. Penny has a very vivid recall of the production of "A League of Their Own." Locations, logistics, and calling in some favors from her "friends," helped make the project a success. She needed some cover songs from the era, so rang up Billy Joel and the Manhattan Transfer. Hilarious as Christopher Walken would have been as "Mr. Harvey," her brother Garry stepped in, because as she puts it: "He works cheap." The "peaches, including Lori Petty, Megan Cavanagh, and her daughter Tracey Reiner really add nicely to the group dynamic. Stories range from incredulous ("Madonna's painting my nails!") to touching. Cavanagh and Reiner seem to have been especially inspired to champion the cause of the former "All-American" Baseball gals in their "Golden Years," appearing at memorabilia shows so as to recognize these athletes. Marshall's anecdotes about Lovitz and Hanks are especially fun. Tom Hanks thought he was too old to portray "Jimmy Dugan," but agreed to put on some weight to portray the plight of a broken down ballplayer. An original cut nearly reached 4 hours, and Marshall really had to scale back the roles of Lovitz, while maintaining key scenes of pathos, including Marla Hooch's farewell from home, and the poignant throwback from the "segregated" section of the stands. Great memories of filming on "Wrigley Field," and playing a wicked game of "Truth or Dare" with David Strathairn unfold in a very breezy manner. 8/10