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Bull Durham (1988)

 -  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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Jimmy
David Neidorf ...
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Danny Gans ...
Deke
Tom Silardi ...
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Lloyd T. Williams ...
Mickey (as Lloyd Williams)
Rick Marzan ...
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Gregory Avellone ...
Doc (as Greg Avelone)
Garland Bunting ...
Teddy - Radio Announcer (as Carey 'Garland' Bunting)
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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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A Major League Love Story in a Minor League Town See more »

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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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When Nuke comes to Annie's house the first time and is undressing for her, the music playing in the background is "La Vie en rose" performed by the legendary French singer Edith Piaf. See more »

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The first scene where we see Annie driving a car is the scene where the bus is leaving the parking lot. Annie waves and gets into a brown mid 1980s two door Pontiac Sunbird. But we never see the Pontiac Sunbird again in the movie. Suddenly, later in the movie, she is driving the old blue Volvo, which remains the car she drives throughout the rest of the movie. See more »

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Skip: Don't take this the wrong way Millie, but if I catch you in here again I'll ban you from the ballpark.
Millie: You can't ban me from the ballpark because my daddy donated the scoreboard.
Skip: What do we need a scoreboard for? We haven't scored any runs all season.
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All Night Dance
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Performed by Bennie Wallace, Stevie Ray Vaughan & '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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