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The Slugger's Wife (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 29 March 1985 (USA)
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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Darryl Palmer
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Debby (Huston) Palmer
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Burly DeVito, Braves Manager
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Moose Granger
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Manny Alvarado
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Aline Cooper
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Gary
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Marie DeVito
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Coach O'Brien
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Tina Alvarado
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Sherry, Hired Date
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Peggy, Hired Date
Julie Kemp ...
Paloma, 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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29 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife  »

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Director Hal Ashby was fired from this picture. 'DVD Verdict' reports that "Ashby was fired from The Slugger's Wife (1985) after [writer Neil] Simon objected to Ashby's willingness to allow his cast to improvise new dialogue and situations. (Simon, being a typical writer, demanded that his scripts be filmed verbatim.) The picture was finished and edited without Ashby. The result was panned by critics upon release". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

Soundtracks

LOVE (IT'S JUST THE WAY IT GOES)
Produced by Glen Ballard and Clif Magness
Performed by John Farnham and Sarah M. Taylor
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Hal Ashby's Worst
8 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On paper it sounds great: Hal Ashby directing, Neil Simon writing, Michael O'Keefe coming off of three critically acclaimed films, and Rebecca DeMornay coming off Risky Business. But in practice, the movie simply isn't watchable. Bad dialogue, bad acting, atrocious musical interludes; and this is just in the first 20 minutes. Randy Quaid and Martin Ritt appear in thankless roles. Even the baseball sequences are pedestrian. There is nothing redeemable in this production even from a cult perspective. Second-Hand Hearts and Lookin' to Get Out were not great but at least they were coherent. If you are a fan of Ashby's 70's work and are interested in his 80's stuff, I suggest you just watch 8 Million Ways to Die and the concert films.


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