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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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Budget:

$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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Throughout the film, everyone is talking about what a great pitcher Billy is. One person even says to Billy "You've got a room reserved for you in Cooperstown". There is a visual representation of Billy's past triumphs in the film. During the montage scene of Jane constantly asking Billy questions, in the scene when she asks him how he likes his chicken, the camera pans over to Billy and on the wall to the right, there are three plaques mounted on the wall. Those plaques are Cy Young Awards. The Cy Young Award (Named after the all-time leader in wins with over 500 victories) is given to the pitcher in each league who is the best in the league for that year. Essentially, it means that Billy was the best pitcher in the American League (the league the Tigers are in) on at least three different occasions. The winner of the award is usually the league leader in wins and other major categories like lowest ERA (Earned Run Average) and most strike outs. See more »

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Billy Chapel would not be able to be traded to the Giants. He could invoke the 5/10 Rule whereby players who have been with a club for at least 5 consecutive years and have been a major league player for at least 10 years cannot be traded without their consent. However it is mentioned that he will be a free agent at the end of the year, at which time the new ownership can simply choose not to re-sign him to a contract with the Tigers. See more »

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Vin Scully: And you know Steve you get the feeling that Billy Chapel isn't pitching against left handers, he isn't pitching against pinch hitters, he isn't pitching against the Yankees. He's pitching against time. He's pitching against the future, against age, and even when you think about his career, against ending. And tonight I think he might be able to use that aching old arm one more time to push the sun back up in the sky and give us one more day of summer.
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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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This Film Is About Life
19 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is much more than a beautiful film about baseball. It's about life....about the continuity of life... about moving on... about taking stock of who you are, and who you are going to be. Billy Chapel stands there, quietly, introspectively, doing what he has always done, what he wants to always do, but knowing at the same time, through his reflections and his actions, that things change nevertheless. At the crux of the pennant game for the Yankees, this Detroit pitcher stands on the pitcher's mound, knowing, seeing, the flow of life. His team sold, knowing his days for the Tigers are over, that his catcher will likely not be there again, that his great love is leaving, that her daughter has grown, his friend playing now for the Yankees, even the last pitcher he faces - who began as a Tiger bat boy for the team his father played for, the Tigers - a boy whom the announcers say has no idea of what this moment is, although he does, his team owner watching the last great game of summer... deciding... about the rest of his life. Through his comments, his thoughts, and his reflections, he evaluates not only where he is going, but who he is and what he will be. And at the precipice of the rest of his life, a perfect game in the balance, he finds it... what his life means. This film never fails to make me cry.


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