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
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 »
At Boston's Fenway Park, a batted ball could not bounce off Mickey Hart's head upwards into the stands for a home run. Mickey plays Right Field for the Tigers, and Boston'd Right Field Stands are almost right at field level. The Right Field 'wall' is about waist level for most outfielders. See more »
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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