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For Love of the Game (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  17 September 1999 (USA)
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A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)
Tow Truck Driver
Arnetia Walker ...
Airport Bartender
Yankee Fan in Bar


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.


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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For the Love of the Game  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Sam Tuttle, the best hitter on the team, wears #13 and plays 3rd base. Alex Rodriguez also wears the same number and played the same position. Alex played for the Texas Rangers while the actor playing Tuttle was drafted by the Rangers. See more »


When Billy is warming up to start the game, the catcher has a protective arm flap on his right shoulder. When the catcher throws the ball down to second base, the arm flap is missing. See more »


Jane Aubrey: What if my face was all scraped off and I was totally disfigured and had no arms and legs and I was completely paralyzed. Would you still love me?
Billy Chapel: No. But we could still be friends.
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Referenced in The Comebacks (2007) See more »


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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Highly Enjoyable Movie...
11 September 1999 | by (East Lansing, MI) – See all my reviews

I saw a sneak preview of "For Love of the Game," tonight, and I must say, I was thoroughly entertained by it. And not merely entertained in the respect of some "purely-made-to-entertain" movies, but this movie inspired emotion, one thing I think really makes a movie. If a movie makes you feel a certain way, whether it's anger, or happiness, I think it shows something. "For Love of the Game," did that for me. Costner's character, excellently portrayed in my opinion, loved baseball, and in turn, I loved his character. I loved the whole movie actually. It was funny at times, symbolic at others, and above all, it was quite enjoyable. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 10. Again, this is just my opinion, but I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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