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For Love of the Game (1999)

A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

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Addie Daddio ...
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Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
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Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
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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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For the Love of the Game  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

J.K. Simmons who plays the Tiger's manager is in real life an avid Detroit Tigers fan. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the opening game of the Tiger's 2015 season. See more »

Goofs

During the first overhead shot of Yankee Stadium, the left field upper deck is completely empty. Later that section is full from a field shot. During a later overhead shot, that section is empty again. See more »

Quotes

Heather: So, are you my mom's boyfriend?
Billy Chapel: I'm not sure.
Heather: But you've slept with her.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Batter Up! (2011) 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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This Film Is About Life
19 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is much more than a beautiful film about baseball. It's about life....about the continuity of life... about moving on... about taking stock of who you are, and who you are going to be. Billy Chapel stands there, quietly, introspectively, doing what he has always done, what he wants to always do, but knowing at the same time, through his reflections and his actions, that things change nevertheless. At the crux of the pennant game for the Yankees, this Detroit pitcher stands on the pitcher's mound, knowing, seeing, the flow of life. His team sold, knowing his days for the Tigers are over, that his catcher will likely not be there again, that his great love is leaving, that her daughter has grown, his friend playing now for the Yankees, even the last pitcher he faces - who began as a Tiger bat boy for the team his father played for, the Tigers - a boy whom the announcers say has no idea of what this moment is, although he does, his team owner watching the last great game of summer... deciding... about the rest of his life. Through his comments, his thoughts, and his reflections, he evaluates not only where he is going, but who he is and what he will be. And at the precipice of the rest of his life, a perfect game in the balance, he finds it... what his life means. This film never fails to make me cry.


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