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Bull Durham (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sport  |  15 June 1988 (USA)
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A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

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Crash is an aging minor league ball player, brought up from another team to mature a young pitcher with maturity problems. Both of them become involved with Ann, a baseball groupie with her own perspective on the game. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Romance is a lot like baseball. It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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15 June 1988 (USA)  »

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La bella y el campeón  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$50,888,729 (USA)
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Trivia

Kelly McGillis was interested to play the role of Annie but turned it down. Instead, McGillis starred in The Accused (1988). See more »

Goofs

Nuke says the parent major league team is expanding its roster and he has been called up to "the show." The Bulls (and Asheville Tourists, Crash's new team) continue to play. In reality, roster expansion coincides with the end of the minor league season (Labor Day). Also, players for high A teams typically do not go directly to the majors (skipping two levels). See more »

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Crash Davis: C'mon Meat, throw me that weak-ass shit!
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Referenced in The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) See more »

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Love Ain't No Triple Play
Written and Performed by Bennie Wallace & 'Dr. John' (as Mac "Dr. John" Rabennack)
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Crash, Nuke and Annie Savoy.
26 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bull Durham is written and directed by Ron Shelton, it stars Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Robert Wuhl and Trey Wilson. Music is by Michael Convertino and cinematography by Bobby Byrne.

Annie Savoy (Sarandon), small town groupie of the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, takes a different player from the team into her bed each year and in the process imparts her considerable knowledge of the game on them. This year is tricky, though, two candidates catch her eye. One is young air-head, but talented, pitcher Ebby Calvin LaLoosh (Robbins), the other is the wise older veteran of the leagues Crash Davis (Costner), who has been employed to be the Bulls' catcher and mentor to LaLoosh. Annie and the two men's lives are about to change considerably.

It's a rare old thing is this, a sports movie that manages to be funny, tender, romantic and spirit lifting all in one. Writer/director Ron Shelton draws on his own real life experiences of the minor leagues to tell his story with skill, whilst cloaking it in authentic looking splendour. His tale is boosted by three excellent lead performances from Sarandon (savvy and sexy), Robbins (ebullient naivety) and Costner (charismatic and natural), with the added bite that, refreshingly in a male dominated environment, it's Sarandon's Annie who is the centre of the story (she narrates also). True enough to say that some of the sports dialogue will not be to everyone's liking, erm hello non baseball fans, but in the main it's a wholesome and mature romady that keeps on giving rewards with each subsequent viewing.

Clearly about more than baseball, it's a film that's easy to love and laugh along with. 8.5/10


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