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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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Teddy - Radio Announcer (as Carey 'Garland' Bunting)
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Storyline

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

Nick Nolte, one of the biggest male stars at the time, turned down the lead because he had just finished several movies back-to-back, and, most importantly, because he isn't a fan of baseball. Nolte famously played a footballer in North Dallas Forty (1979), a movie he co-wrote. See more »

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In the dugout, Crash removes his equipment, preparing to go up to bat as he gives Nuke a dressing down. His chest protector is still on as he gets up, his hands empty. A moment later, he's on the dugout steps putting on batting gloves, a bat is leaning on him, and his chest protector is off. See more »

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Annie Savoy: [narrating] I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn't work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there's ...
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All Night Dance
Written by Bennie Wallace
Performed by Bennie Wallace, Stevie Ray Vaughan & 'Dr. John' (as Mac "Dr. John" Rabennack)
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Best comedy about professional baseball
14 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's the professional pitching debut of Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) for the A ball Durham Bulls. He has a million dollar arm and a five cents head. They bring in veteran catcher Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) to mentor the young pitcher. Only he's too old for this stuff. Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) is a baseball philosopher and team super fan. Every year, she picks one player to hook up with and guide. Much to Crash's dismay, she picks Nuke.

This is a funny and charming baseball movie. It's got Kevin Costner's great "I believe in..." speech. It's also got all the inside baseball interior-voice and behind-the-glove fun. It loves baseball both in its grandness and the little things. It romanticizes the game as well as its sad lowly grind. It's probably the best comedy movie about professional baseball.


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