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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Neidorf ...
Danny Gans ...
Tom Silardi ...
Lloyd T. Williams ...
Mickey (as Lloyd Williams)
Rick Marzan ...
Nuke's Father
Gregory Avellone ...
Doc (as Greg Avelone)
Garland Bunting ...
Teddy - Radio Announcer (as Carey 'Garland' Bunting)


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 <>

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15 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La bella y el campeón  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$50,888,729 (USA)

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Glenn Close auditioned for the role of Annie but was forced to turn the role down due to her commitment to the film Dangerous Liaisons (1988). See more »


When Crash runs towards the backstop to catch a pop foul, he barely catches it (ice cream cone-type catch) as you can clearly see the ball sticking out of his glove. In the next shot, you see him taking the ball from deep in the pocket of his glove. See more »


[first lines]
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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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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