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A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

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Detroit Tigers Veteran Pitcher Billy Chapel (Costner) has always been better at baseball than at love. Just ask Jane (Preston), his on-and-off girlfriend. After a bad season, just before he is about to start in what could be his final game, Jane tells Billy that she's leaving him...for good. Now with his career and love-life in balance, Billy battles against his emotional and physical limits as he strives for a Perfect Game. The suspense is never drawn back in this heartwarming drama about life, love, and risking it all For Love of the Game. Written by Zac Abrams

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Billy Chapel must choose between the woman he loves and the game he lives for.

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 September 1999 (USA)  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,041,685 (USA) (17 September 1999)

Gross:

$35,168,395 (USA) (26 November 1999)
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Trivia

Both Jane's career (writing) and name (Jane Aubrey) are probably references to Jane Austen, one of the most famous writers of all time. Additionally, the title of Jane's article that Billy Chapel reads during spring training, "Scents and Sensibilities", is an obvious play on "Sense and Sensibilities", one of Jane Austen's most famous novels. See more »

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As the third inning ends the TV network scoreboard graphic indicates that neither team has any hits, runs or errors. Moments later a shot of the Yankee Stadium scoreboard indicates the same thing. However, when the fourth inning starts TV announcer Vin Scully states that the Yankee pitcher has allowed two hits. See more »

Quotes

Jane Aubrey: Do you lose very much?
Billy Chapel: I lose. I've lost 134 times.
Jane Aubrey: You count them?
Billy Chapel: We count everything.
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Written by Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans) & J.Elle (uncredited)
Published by Revision West (BMI)
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / Master Source
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Baseball....movies....cool.
9 April 2000 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Although I didn't like For Love Of The Game the way I liked Bull Durham or Field Of Dreams, it's still a very entertaining film. Directed by Sam Raimi in a very subtle style, this is Costner's best film since Tin Cup. Raimi only shows flashes of his visual theatrics, Costner is very solid and I liked Kelly Preston very much. The way the story is told in the film is very fresh for a baseball movie and this is the high point for me. Baseball is just the background to a very touching love story. I hope this film more than anything else shows Hollywood that Sam Raimi is one of or greatest talents behind the camera.


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