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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 September 1999 (USA)  »

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For the Love of the Game  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Facing Ken Strout in the bottom of the 9th inning, Chapel says to himself "Think Billy, don't just throw." In the film Bull Durham (1988), Costner's character Crash Davis gave the opposite advice to pitching protégé Nuke LaLoosh when he said, "Don't think. Just throw." See more »


The shirt he has on under his jersey had the "home" white "D", instead of the road colors - orange "D". However, there are no regulations as to what a player wears UNDER his jersey/uniform. Billy might simply have chosen to wear a home t-shirt, for any number of reasons. See more »


Jane Aubrey: So, when you're away, I'll live my life and you'll live yours. And none of this stupid bullshit "why didn't you call me?" crap. And "what you do when you're not with me has nothing to do with me" and vice versa. No questions asked, no worrying, no obsessing.
Billy Chapel: That sounded perfect.
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References Sea Hunt (1958) 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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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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