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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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Gary Wheeler
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Waitress
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Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
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Himself
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Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
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Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)
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Mike Udall
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Airport Bartender
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Yankee Fan in Bar
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Storyline

A Detroit pitcher Billy Chapel, reflects on his life in major league baseball, after he finds out his girlfriend moves to London for a job. Thus forcing the ball player to analyze his life and how his career as a player, and his life without her will change, thus altering his priorities between his career winding to a close, choosing what his path will be, the love of baseball or the love of his life? Written by Jared Johnson

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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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For the Love of the Game  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,041,685, 19 September 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,168,395, 28 November 1999
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Trivia

The book next to Billy Chapel on the airplane after he finds Heather is "The Killer Angels". This book was also written by Michael Shaara, who wrote "For Love of the Game" and "The Killer Angels" was also made into a movie called Gettysburg (1993). See more »

Goofs

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

[to himself, pitching to a Yankee batter]
Billy Chapel: Sam Tuttle. I can't think of a better reason not to be a Yankee.
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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 July 2015 (2015) 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 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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