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For Love of the Game -- A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

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Writers (WGA):
Michael Shaara (novel)
Dana Stevens (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 September 1999 (USA) See more »
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Billy Chapel must choose between the woman he loves and the game he lives for.
Plot:
A washed up pitcher flashes through his career. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 nominations See more »
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A Gamely Crafted, No-Frills Hit! See more (228 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kevin Costner ... Billy Chapel

Kelly Preston ... Jane Aubrey

John C. Reilly ... Gus Sinski

Jena Malone ... Heather Aubrey

Brian Cox ... Gary Wheeler
Addie Daddio ... Waitress

J.K. Simmons ... Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)

Vin Scully ... Himself

Steve Lyons ... Himself

Carmine Giovinazzo ... Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
Bill E. Rogers ... Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)

Hugh Ross ... Mike Udall

Domenick Lombardozzi ... Tow Truck Driver
Arnetia Walker ... Airport Bartender

Larry Joshua ... Yankee Fan in Bar

Greer Barnes ... Mickey Hart
Scott Bream ... Brian Whitt
Jose Mota ... Jose Garcia
Earl Johnson ... Marcus Random
Chris Lemonis ... Lee Giordano
Jesse Ibarra ... Dennis Skinner
Pedro Swann ... Juan Vasquez
Michael Rivera ... Jimmy Pena
Dave Eiland ... Relief Pitcher

Joe Lisi ... Pete
Jim Colborn ... 3rd Base Coach
Paul Bradshaw ... Tiger Pitching Coach
Gene Kirley ... Tiger Bench Coach

Chris Fischer ... Detroit Tiger
Jon M. McDonnell ... Detroit Tiger

Barry Bradford ... Detroit Tiger

Kevin Craig West ... Detroit Tiger
Wes Said Drake ... Detroit Tiger

Luis Moro ... Detroit Tiger

Michael Papajohn ... Sam Tuttle
John Darjean Jr. ... Jonathan Warble
Donzell McDonald ... Lenny Howell
Scott Pose ... Matt Crane
Vick Brown ... Jesus Cabrillo
Chris Ashby ... Nardini
Bill Masse ... Mike Robinson
Mike Buddie ... Jack Spellman
Eric Knowles ... Ted Franklin
Ricky Ledee ... Ruiz
Juan Nieves ... Francisco Delgado
Augie Garrido ... Yankee Manager
Rick Reed ... Home Plate Umpire
Rich Garcia ... 1st Base Umpire
Jerry Crawford ... 2nd Base Umpire
Bob Sheppard ... Yankee Stadium Announcer (as Robert Leo Sheppard)
Eddie Layton ... Yankee Stadium Organist
Robinson Frank Adu ... Locker Room Attendant
T. Sean Ferguson ... Heckler
Victor Colicchio ... Heckler
David Mucci ... Heckler

Jacob Reynolds ... Wheeler's Nephew
Maurice Shrog ... Yankee Stadium Usher
Karen Williams ... Kisha Birch

Tracy Middendorf ... Blonde Player's Wife
William Newman ... Fitch
P.J. Barry ... Waldorf Doorman
Frank Girardeau ... Waldorf Bellhop
Caterina Zapponi ... Waldorf Singer
Monty Alexander ... Waldorf Pianist

Daniel Dae Kim ... E.R. Doctor

Judith Drake ... E.R. Nurse
Bill Vincent ... X-Ray Technician

Bill Costner ... Mr. Chapel

Sharon Costner ... Mrs. Chapel (as Sharon Rae Costner)
Mark Thomason ... Billy's Father in Early Years

Laura Cayouette ... Masseuse

Christopher Cousins ... Ian

Ted Raimi ... Gallery Doorman

Michael Emerson ... Gallery Doorman

Shelly Desai ... Taxi Driver

Lucinda Clare ... Airline Ticket Agent (as Lucinda Faraldo)

Ed Morgan ... Man at Cafe
Brian Donald Hickey ... Autograph Seeker
Tracy Perry ... Autograph Seeker
Michael Neeley ... Horseback Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carl Burrows ... Cunningham (as Edward Burrows)
David Mitchell Evans ... Airport Bar Patron (unconfirmed)
Ken Farnell ... Taxi driver

Tracy Howe ... Cabbie (unconfirmed)
Glenn Nocera ... Yankees fan
Barbara Troy ... Yankees Fan

Kathleen Wilce ... Tourist at Airport

Mark Adrian ... Yankee Fan (uncredited)
Dread Archie Jr. ... Yankee Fan (uncredited)
Sonia Aurora ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Jennifer Bailey ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Allison Baker ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Tom Bezas ... Young Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Jani Blom ... Drunk Guy (uncredited)
David S. Bookbinder ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Barry Brandt ... Billy's Brother (uncredited)
Chuck Bunting ... Yankees Fan (uncredited)
James H. Burns ... Baseball Scout (uncredited)
Todd Carroll ... Yankee Player (uncredited)

David Crane ... New York Fan (uncredited)
Gina Diaz ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Stéphanye Dussud ... Detroit Tiger's Wife (uncredited)
Phil Faicco ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Mark Falvo ... Yankee Fan (uncredited)

Caroline Fogarty ... Waitress (uncredited)
Guy Guglielmi ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Phil Hawn ... Fan in Airport Lounge (uncredited)

David G. Knappe ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Sheila Lussier ... Baseball Player's Wife (uncredited)

Susan Malick ... Baseball players wife (uncredited)
Taylor McCall ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
John McEwan ... Stadium Spectator (uncredited)

Seth William Meier ... Brian Whelan (uncredited)

Dominic Pace ... Aravalo (uncredited)

Michael C. Pierce ... Relief Pitcher Lovett (uncredited)
Bobby Plasencia ... Yankees Fan (uncredited)

Stu 'Large' Riley ... Richard (uncredited)
Tait Smith ... Frat Boy (uncredited)
Laurent St. Pierre ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Robert Stepanek ... Yankee Fan (uncredited)
John B. Sterling ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Wendy Rich Stetson ... Baseball Player's Wife (uncredited)

Al Thompson ... Pete (uncredited)
Molly Torrence ... Principle (uncredited)

Joseph Tudisco ... Yankee Fan (uncredited)

Tom Ward ... Yankees Bench Manager (uncredited)
George Wilhelm ... Stadium Spectator (uncredited)
Geoff Witcher ... Detroit Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Raimi 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Shaara (novel)

Dana Stevens (screenplay)

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... executive producer
Armyan Bernstein .... producer
Ronald M. Bozman .... executive producer (as Ron Bozman)
Amy Robinson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric L. Beason 
Arthur Coburn 
 
Casting by
Lynn Kressel 
 
Production Design by
Neil Spisak 
 
Art Direction by
Steve Arnold 
James C. Feng 
 
Set Decoration by
Carolyn Cartwright 
Karen O'Hara 
 
Costume Design by
Judianna Makovsky 
 
Makeup Department
Elle Elliott .... hair stylist: Mr. Costner
Kris Evans .... makeup supervisor
Bernadette Mazur .... makeup supervisor
Francisco X. Pérez .... makeup artist: Mr. Costner (as Frank Perez)
 
Production Management
Debbi Bossi .... post-production supervisor
Harvey Waldman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacey Beneville .... assistant director
Anne Carroll .... dga trainee
Bac DeLorme .... second second assistant director
T. Sean Ferguson .... assistant director: New York
Louis Guerra .... second second assistant director
Eric Heffron .... first assistant director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director
Alexandra E. Perce .... assistant director: second unit
David K. Riebel .... assistant director
David Stephan .... second unit director
Basti Van Der Woude .... assistant director
Eric Yellin .... additional second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Yarek Alfer .... head sculptor
Julie Aquino .... art department assistant
JoAnn Atwood .... on-set dresser
Bruce Bellamy .... set dresser
Shane Buckallew .... plasterer
John Bullard .... propmaker gangboss
Philip Canfield .... lead man
Scott Canfield .... set dresser
Kyung W. Chang .... assistant art director
David B. Clark .... paint foreman
Peter C. Clarke .... property master
Marc Martin Del Campo .... set dresser
John David Diersing .... propmaker
Lauren Doner .... scenic artist
Jennifer Engel .... props
Mark Gantt .... assistant property master
Hank Giardina .... paint supervisor
Jonathan Graham .... key construction grip: New York
Ryan Handt .... constuction propmaker: Los Angeles
Mark Harrington .... props (as Mark C. Harrington)
Laura Iler .... props
Greg Izzo .... set dresser
Jacqueline Jacobson Scarfo .... assistant set decorator (as Jacqueline Jacobson)
Steven Kerlagon .... paint foreman
Martin Lasowitz .... property master
Jeffrey Lynch .... storyboard artist
P.K. MacCarthy .... storyboard artist
Andrew Menzies .... set designer
Eric M. Metzger .... props
Nick Miller .... construction coordinator
Michael O'Donnell .... set dresser
Michael Parmelee .... set dresser
Addison Pettit .... graphic designer
Wendy Richardson .... art coordinator
Jeff Shewbert .... propmaker
Chris Snyder .... construction coordinator
Dale Snyder .... prop maker gangboss
Keith Stalker .... construction gangboss
Keith Stalker .... gang boss propmaker
Sally Thornton .... set designer
Jorge A. Yazji .... set decorating department assistant
David Brace .... set dresser swing (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Victoria Bowes .... utility sound technician (as Victoria Lee Thoma)
Kelly Cabral .... sound supervisor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Fred Johnston .... utility sound
Gregg Landaker .... re-recording mixer
Jennifer L. Mann .... adr supervisor
Steve Maslow .... sound mixer
Glenn T. Morgan .... location sound recordist
Ed Novick .... sound mixer (as Edward Novick)
Christopher O'Donnell .... boom operator
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Perry Robertson .... sound editor
Peter Schneider .... utility sound
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor
Lauren Stephens .... sound editor
Jon Title .... sound designer
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer: additional unit
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Daniel R. Kerr .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects coordinator
Al Di Sarro .... special effects coordinator
Matthew Giaquinto .... special effects: ambient weather effects
Thomas Rasada .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Alvord .... Avid editor
Jeffrey Edward Baksinski .... motion & tracking supervisor: Cinesite
John Bozzalla .... production assistant
Constance Bracewell .... lead animator
Shawn Broes .... visual effects editor
Kelly Bumbarger .... digital compositor
John Cassella .... tracking artist
Gregory Creaser .... digital timer: Pacific Title
Erin M. Cullen .... roto artist
Tim T. Cunningham .... visual effects: Cinesite
Matt Dessero .... digital compositor
Peter Donen .... visual effects supervisor
Miller Drake .... visual effects co-supervisor
Fortunato Frattasio .... visual effects
Tim Gibbons .... digital compositor
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor
Rob Hodgson .... digital effects supervisor
Christopher Ivins .... compositor
Joanne Ladolcetta .... rotoscoper: Cinesite
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager: Cinesite
Gregory D. Liegey .... visual effects composite artist
Anthony Mabin .... senior digital effects compositor: CFC/Manex
Matt Magnolia .... visual effects editorial: CFC/MVFX
Sarah Moore .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Jason Piccioni .... compositing supervisor
Janet Quen .... digital effects compositor
Sheldon Ramones .... technical assistant
Linda Schubell-Sundlin .... assistant effects editor
Thomas J. Smith .... digital effects supervisor
Tomme B. Stanley .... digital artist
David Stephan .... storyboard artist
Jonathan F. Styrlund .... visual effects producer
Jon Tanimoto .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Doug Tubach .... digital compositor
Pat Tubach .... compositor
Jeff Wells .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor
Ian Wosiski .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Christopher Dusendschon .... Panavision main title optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Matt Linder .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Kama Moiha .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Kenny Roy .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Borzello .... stunt double: John C. Reilly
Christopher Doyle .... stunt coordinator
John Escobar .... stunt driver
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunt double: Kelly Preston (as Spice Williams)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... director of photography: second unit
Ken W. Ballantine .... lighting technician
Noah Behar .... rigging grip
Mike Bonnaud .... lamp operator
Brian Carmichael .... video assist operator
Paul Caven .... lighting technician
Meredith Collins .... second assistant camera
Lew Comenetz .... video engineer
Gary Dagg .... key grip
James J. Ferris .... electrician
Samuel G. Friedman .... electrician
Ben Glass .... still photographer
Fred Goodich .... director of photography: second unit
Roger Kimpton .... grip
Sal Lanza .... key grip
Vincent Lanza .... grip
Lorna Leslie .... camera loader: Los Angeles
Patrick J. McIntyre .... camera operator: video camera
Matthew Moriarty .... assistant camera
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
David W. Nims .... grip
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera, New York
David A. Parks .... rigging electrician
John Pedone .... electrician
TaMarah Philpot .... second assistant camera
Chris Rosen .... electrician
Monty Rowan .... camera operator
Brooke Stanford .... rigging electrician
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Thornton .... first company grip
Giovanni Zelko .... set lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Susie Farris .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Kari Wells .... extras casting (as Karen Sellars)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pattie J. Barbosa .... costumer
Cynthia Black .... set costumer
Marta Font .... costumer
Anne Gorman .... wardrobe
Estella Marie .... seamstress
Roseann Milano .... additional wardrobe
Marcia Patten .... costumer
Roland Sanchez .... costumer
Barnaby Smith .... key set costumer
Tom Soluri .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
James Gavin Bedford .... editor: title sequence
Daniel Craven .... assistant editor
Patrick Gallagher .... assistant editor: avid
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
Nancy Novack .... second assistant editor: New York
Michael Rafferty .... assistant editor
Javier Salinas .... apprentice editor: New York
Adrianna Valencia .... post-production assistant
Sean Valla .... first assistant editor
 
Location Management
Tyson Bidner .... location assistant
Maria T. Bierniak .... location manager
Nathaniel Bonini .... location manager: re-shoot
Denise Collins .... location scout
Douglas Dresser .... assistant location manager
Albert Epps .... key assistant location manager
John Fedynich .... location manager
Stuart Nicolai .... location assistant
Demian Resnick .... location assistant
Paul Schreiber .... location scout
Joshua Silverman .... location manager
 
Music Department
Michael K. Bauer .... assistant music editor
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
James Burt .... assistant music editor
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Jim Dunbar .... music consultant
Thomas Golubic .... music coordinator
Sean M. Hickey .... music preparation
Danny Holloway .... music consultant
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Yvonne McDonald .... music coordinator
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearances
Basil Poledouris .... conductor
Basil Poledouris .... orchestrator
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Curtis Roush .... music editor
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Adrienne Zi .... film score producer (as Mi Chaing)
J.C. Crowley .... musician (uncredited)
Steve Forman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ken Farnell .... driver
Keith D. Fisher .... transportation co-captain
Charles Montgomery .... driver
Jan Overson .... driver: honeywagon
Terry R. Owens .... production driver
Tony Peralta .... driver
Thomas Reilly .... driver
Aaron Skalka .... transportation coordinator
Jay Thompson .... driver
Richard Vincent .... driver
Michael Young .... transportation captain
Alberto Coto .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tamsin Anstey .... assistant accountant
Tamara Bally .... production accountant
Felicia Brokaw .... production assistant
Maurice Cabrera .... parking coordinator
Candice D. Campos .... assistant production coordinator
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Grant Curtis .... assistant: Mr. Raimi
Eric M. Cyphers .... production assistant
Shirley Davis .... production coordinator: additional photography, New York
Dina Farnell .... production coordinator
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main titles
Courtney Henley-Anderson .... production secretary
Andy Hernandez .... production assistant
Ryan Hintz .... post-production accountant
Claudio Jacobellis .... production assistant
Timothy S. Kane .... production assistant
Richie Kawamoto .... production assistant
Michael G. Kehoe .... craft service company: Aspen/Los Angeles (as Michael Kehoe)
Tony Kerum .... caterer
Rob Koehn .... production assistant
Meaghan F. McLaughlin .... production assistant
Shelby Miller .... key p/a
Julia Morgan .... production assistant
Liz Newman .... production coordinator: New York
Chris Perkel .... production assistant
Wayne Petrucelli .... security coordinator
Jimmie Pinckney .... production assistant
Judy Pursley .... assistant accountant
Alexis Radogost-Givens .... accounting clerk
Olimpia T. Rinaldi .... assistant accountant
Matt Smith .... assistant baseball coordinator
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... key set medic
Joni Tackette .... crowd extras assistant coordinator
Mark Thomason .... photo double
Mark Thomason .... stand-in
Melinka Thompson-Godoy .... assistant: Ms. Robinson
Ajamu Walker .... production assistant
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator
Amy L. Weinblum .... production assistant
Adam T. Weisinger .... production assistant
Debi West .... payroll accountant
Jenni Wieland .... second assistant accountant
Michael Espinosa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Randee Lynne Jensen .... creative assistant (uncredited)
Steve Lee .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin McKeever .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin McNamara .... production assistant (uncredited)
George A. Parker .... technical supervisor: preview (uncredited)
Nelson Pereyra .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexuality
Runtime:
137 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-8 (original rating) | Finland:K-7 (re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 (w) | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Mexico:B | Netherlands:AL | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #36985)
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Trivia:
The Tigers are shown to be going into the game with a season win-loss record of 64-97. The number wound up being very close to the real life Tigers final record of 69-92 for the 1999 season (The time of the film's release). The Yankees were noted as closing in on clinching first place in the American League East Division, and would actually do so in the 1999 season. In real life however, the Yankees clinched the division prior to their final series of the regular season.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Billy Chapel would not be able to be traded to the Giants. He could invoke the 5/10 Rule whereby players who have been with a club for at least 5 consecutive years and have been a major league player for at least 10 years cannot be traded without their consent. However it is mentioned that he will be a free agent at the end of the year, at which time the new ownership can simply choose not to re-sign him to a contract with the Tigers.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Perry:[Billy Chapel is warming up in the bullpen before the game] Well, since you're throwing bullets, I'm not even gonna mention the fact that you're an hour late, and I have been standing here trying to figure out who my starting pitcher would be if you didn't show up.
Billy Chapel:Have I ever not showed? In the 19 years, have I ever not showed?
Frank Perry:Well, that's true of everyone until the first time they don't show.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Gamely Crafted, No-Frills Hit!, 1 August 2016
Author: KissEnglishPasto from Pasto, Colombia

.......................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

"They don't make 'em like they used to!" As regards "For Love of the Game", the above comment applies to both movies and baseball players! Old- fashioned, straight-ahead storytelling, complimented by solid performances, extremely convincing on-the-field action, excellent photography and more than competent direction by Sam Raimi, make for a resoundingly entertaining movie...even if you're not much of a baseball fan!

Perhaps the best thing going for the film is its truly innovative integration and balance of rapid- fire on-going game vs. relationship development flashback elements, allowing the viewer to "get inside the athlete's head" in a way no other movie in recent memory does. "For Love" thusly manages to put a signature spin on the subjective experience of a great athlete's swan song by sharing and highlighting the stark contrast between the external precision and perfection of the real-world game in progress, and the turbulent, highly personal, inner-world of the passions that drive him. .......................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

Kevin Costner, certainly NOT the greatest actor in the world, literally shines in the mother of all tailor made roles. Kelly Preston shows us a highly focused intensity, in just what may be her best on screen appearance to date! John C. Reilly, although cast as the solid-as-a-rock-always- there- when-you-need-him-on-the-sidelines Catcher, plays to the hilt a supporting role, in every sense of the word.

There are moments in "For Love", however, that seem a touch too maudlin, trying just a little too hard to jerk that extra tear. A few of these melancholy scenes are drawn out to the point of making the viewer self- conscious and put upon. These occasional excesses are easily overlooked, however, in light of the films many strengths and its overall highly engrossing nature.

8*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

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