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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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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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$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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It was reported that Kevin Costner was angry with Universal Pictures because they cut his full-frontal shower scene. Costner told Newsweek that the studio lacked "real courage" by insisting that the film have a more kid-friendly rating. But a studio executive told New York magazine that a test audience in Arizona gave a thumbs-down to Costner's manhood. ""The audience giggled at Kevin's penis... Then, in focus groups, they said, 'Do we really need to see Kevin Costner's penis?'" See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, one of the newspaper's headlines states, "Chapel Pitches Lincoln To Title For Second Straight Year." All of the bold print is about Chapel's high school career. However, all of the print is concerning a game the previous night between Detroit and New York in which Billy Chapel pitched. See more »

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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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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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I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER MOVIE TO CURL UP WITH.
10 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the best movies I have ever watched and watched and... well, you get the picture.It is a revealing account of relationships and feelings and trust. Set during one major league baseball game, a man relives the past five years of his life from the pitchers mound. He realizes, over what may be the course of a perfect game, that his life has been anything but perfect. That the really important things in life are slipping away from him.This movie is full of life, it's sweet. It draws you in and holds your interest. I think the movie was underrated because of the subject matter. A romantic baseball movie? but that's just the surface. This movie goes very deep. If you give it a chance you will see that the reality of the setting and the people are extremely captivating, as well as fun. I can't think of another movie that has made me feel so good and so satisfied at the end. If you like baseball you can't help but love this movie. It's full of the most realistic ball playing I have ever seen in a film.If you like a sweet romance that doesn't have to rely on sex and nudity to tell the story, well, this is it. This has to be my all time favorite movie. I own it on vhs as well as dvd. The spotlight on location is a wonderful feature on both versions. It gives a fun look at the making of aspects. It also shows you interview clips from the professional ball people who were involved in the making of the film. I urge anyone who just wants to relax, enjoy a good story and feel better for watching it, to get this movie .


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