The Slugger's Wife (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  29 March 1985 (USA)
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A major league star who is on the verge of breaking a record, meets a singer and they get married, but they have different goals, so they separate, jeopardizing his opportunity in sports and the possibility of making up with his wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darryl Palmer
Debby (Huston) Palmer
Martin Ritt ...
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Moose Granger
Cleavant Derricks ...
Manny Alvarado
Aline Cooper
Marie DeVito
Danny Tucker ...
Coach O'Brien
Tina Alvarado
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Kay McClelland ...
Peggy, Hired Date
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A major league star who is on the verge of breaking a record, meets a singer and they get married, but they have different goals, so they separate, jeopardizing his opportunity in sports and the possibility of making up with his wife.

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A love story about two of America's favourite pastimes. See more »


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29 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife  »

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Reportedly, this film's director Hal Ashby was allegedly suffering from drug addiction around the time that this movie was developed, made and released. According to 'DVD Verdict', "By 1985, when he made our film, he had gone slumming, a result of lackluster scripts and drug addiction". See more »


Right before Palmer his 62nd home run, the announcer says "Everyone is standing here in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium." We then see a full stadium with a very unexcited and seated crowd (although it could just be announcer's hyperbole). See more »


Burly DeVito: I'm a manager, not a pimp!
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Written by Bernadette Cooper and Joyce Irby (as Joyce 'Fenderella' Irby)
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Danny Noonan Breaks Maris' Record. No one seems to care.
31 May 2001 | by (Northern, N.J.) – See all my reviews

This film advertises itself as a Baseball movie with a Love Story. The film fails at both attempts.

The Love story is boring and pointless as the characters simply go through the cliche'd story of falling in love, and then drifting apart.

But the real disaster here is the failure as a Baseball story. Somehow, we are supposed to believe that Michael O'Keefe is a credible Baseball Slugger? O'Keefe will forever be known as Danny Noonan from Caddychack. Unfortunately, this role did little to take that typecast off of him.

He's less than 200 pounds, with barely any muscle tone on his body, and he supposed to have been inspired by his love for Rebecca De Mornay to hit 62 Home Runs in a Season. The story starts off with the fact that he's a light-weight singles hitter. If you look at the four men in history who have hit over 60 home runs in a season, (Ruth, Maris, McGwire & Sosa) you will see that these men are rather large and muscular. O'keefe is neither.

However, the story gets even more ridiculous as O'Keefe nears the record. On the night before the final game, he is sitting on 61 Home runs, which has tied the record. So, what does he do? He goes out to the local dance club (where he first met De Mornay) with his buddies. On his way to the dance floor, one reporter from Sports Illustrated approaches him and asks him a few questions, than wishes him luck.

ONE REPORTER!?!?! He's on the verge of breaking the single season home run record, and he's out in a disco, and there's only one reporter asking him questions??? Even non-baseball fans can appreciate the amount of media coverage and fan reaction when guys like Maris, McGwire and Sosa neared the 60 mark. Those men were constantly hounded by fans and the media every night.

If you want a decent movie about baseball, that also details the accurate lifestyle of a player about to break the single season, see Billy Crystal's "61*".

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