It firmly establishes Kevin Costner as the next Robert Redford. It loads the bases for the gloriously talented Susan Sarandon, and she responds by belting one right out of the park. And it features an irresistible newcomer named Tim Robbins.
Cobb cuts right through the winner-take-all ethos of American athletics. It's a raw, inspired, audaciously funny, and unexpectedly moving collaboration between the writer-director Ron Shelton and Tommy Lee Jones.