Cinema: All Appetite

TITLE: THE BABE

DIRECTOR: ARTHUR HILLER

WRITER: JOHN FUSCO

THE BOTTOM LINE: An honestly unheroic view of a hero, with a grand-slam performance by John Goodman

ON HIS LAST DAY IN BASEBALL, after his glory had faded and the princely New York Yankees had fobbed him off on the lowly Boston Braves, Babe Ruth pulled himself together and hit three home runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Arthur Hiller and John Fusco must have been tempted to turn that into a wildly exultant moment, like the conclusion of The Natural -- music soaring, fireworks exploding, the crowd in hysterics. But no, it's...

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