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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Wheeler
Addie Daddio ...
Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
Bill E. Rogers ...
Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)
Hugh Ross ...
Mike Udall
Arnetia Walker ...
Airport Bartender
Yankee Fan in Bar


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.


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)  »

Also Known As:

For the Love of the Game  »


Box Office


$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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Billy is warming up to start the game, the catcher has a protective arm flap on his right shoulder. When the catcher throws the ball down to second base, the arm flap is missing. See more »


Billy Chapel: I love you, Jane.
Jane Aubrey: I never believed.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.4 (2015) See more »


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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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