Penny Marshall's A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
(1992) Directed by Penny Marshall. Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty (128 min) Rated PG-13
After 17 year old “girl pitcher” Jackie Mitchell struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931, women were banned from professional baseball. But, when the boys went off to fight Hitler, the barnstorming All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed to preserve the national pastime. Penny Marshall’s beloved “League” hits a home run because of the winningly depicted teammates, including two sisters chafing against their sports rivalry. Tom Hanks submerges his boy next door charm as a washed-up home run king who finds salvation in coaching.
“When it comes to harvesting that corny field of dreams, 'A League of Their Own' plays hardball with the best of the boy movies. A swoony, comic salute to the wartime heroics of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League… it's 'Belle Durham,' with a comparable slew of zany good sports." -- Washington Post
A book signing with author and film critic Elizabeth Weitzman will immediately follow the screening.
Author Elizabeth Weitzman will be joining Curator Laura Boyes to host this special celebratory screening. Ms. Weitzman’s new book, Renegade Women in Film & TV, is just out from Random House, and the author will have a book signing at the Carolina Theatre immediately after the screening.
Copies of Ms. Weitzman’s book will be available for purchase by cash or card on both evenings for $16.99.
Elizabeth Weitzman is currently a film critic for the Wrap, and was a senior critic for the New York Daily News for many years. She has written about film and interviewed hundreds of actors and filmmakers for the New York Times, the Village Voice, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, and many others. She is also a longstanding member of the New York Film Critics Circle, has a Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies from NYU, and has been a juror and panelist at many film festivals
Thursday, July 11