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For Love of the Game (1999)

A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

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Waitress
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Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
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Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
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Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)
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Yankee Fan in Bar
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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)

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

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$35,168,395 (USA) (26 November 1999)
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At one point where Billy flashes back seeing his parents in the stands a 1984 World Series banner is visible. The Tigers were actually in the 1984 World Series, which they won four games to one against the San Diego Padres. See more »

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During the third inning when Billy throws three pitches, all of which are preceded by the announcer saying 'Strike Three,' the same player's picture can be seen on the screen in deep right center field in the background. See more »

Quotes

Jane Aubrey: [trying to get a doctor for Billy] Are we not in America? Isn't Baseball America's favorite pastime?
E.R. Doctor: [pause] Can I help you?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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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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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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