Geena Davis was disappointed when A League of Their Own failed to start a trend for female-led sports movies.
The original 1992 film by the late director Penny Marshall, set during World War II in America, starred Geena, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks, and has now inspired a new TV series starring different actors as new characters.
Speaking during a special Q&A celebrating the feature film as well as Amazon Prime Video’s series, Geena admitted she was heartbroken that A League of Their Own didn’t kick off a new wave of movie theater.
“It’s interesting because all the press said, ‘It’s going to change everything, there’s going to be so many women’s sports movies. It’s really going to be a revolution and now we’ve proven that a movie starring women can be a huge hit.’ And so we’re like, ‘Great, let’s see that happen!’ And nothing,” the 66-year-old said. “It didn’t change anything. In fact, when was the next women’s sports movie coming out? It didn’t cause any new wave of anything. So it was very disappointing. , led by women, progress were much too slow.”
In 1992, the film broke boundaries in Hollywood and became a box office hit, grossing over $132m (£109m) worldwide.
“There weren’t really a lot of women’s sports movies coming out, so we didn’t know how people would react,” Geena recalled. “It was pretty overwhelming to see how much people loved it. Over the past 30 years, I’ve had so many women and girls come up and say, ‘I’m doing sports because of this movie. “”
A League of Their Own, the TV show, premiered Friday on Prime Video.