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For Love of the Game (1999)

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A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

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Storyline

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

According to the Fox Sports graphic displayed at the beginning of the game, Billy Chapel's stats for the year (coming into the game) are as follows: 8 Wins, 11 Losses, 30 Games Played, 30 Games Started, 2 Complete Games, 1 Shutout (Meaning in one other game he pitched a full 9 Innings without allowing an opposing run), 211 Innings Pitched, 98 Walks Allowed, and 111 Strike Outs. 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

Billy Chapel: God, I always said I would never bother you about baseball, Lord knows you have bigger things to worry about. But if you could make this pain in my shoulder stop for ten minutes, I would really appreciate it.
Billy Chapel: Clear the Mechanism.
[nothing happens; it doesn't work]
Billy Chapel: Clear the Mechanism.
[it still doesn't work]
Billy Chapel: [nodding] All right; all right.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Moody
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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Believable look at a Pro Athlete
5 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the very best character studies of an athlete. The script, the direction, and Costner's performance yield an insightful profile of a driven character. Driven but not a jerk, and so the course of the relationship developed between the athlete and Kelly Preston's character is credible and engaging. The ways in which the other players are brought into the episodes that tell us about the main character resonate for amateur players and other baseball fans. All the performances ring familiar and true. Vin Scully is given the green light on cornball baseball homilies, but just to have Vinny's voice seasoning the movie gives authority and authenticity throughout.


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