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The word "Slugger" from the film's title "The Slugger's Wife" is a baseball term meaning a batter who can hit a large number of extra-base hits. See more »
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I would have thought with the creative talents of Neil Simon writing the script and Hal Ashby behind the camera The Slugger's Wife would have turned out a
lot better. As a baseball film this one is maybe a single.
Playing the title role Rebecca DeMornay is an aspiring country singer for whom
baseball player Michael O'Keefe falls big time. O'Keefe is a guy full of promise
who never quite reached his potential. But when she's around O'Keefe starts
hitting home runs with regularity, so much so that the Atlanta Braves vault into
contention for the pennant and O'Keefe starts to threaten the record of 61 set
by Roger Maris in 1961.
Soon O'Keefe insists he be at every game as his good luck charm. But DeMornay also has a career she's worked hard at.
This film might have been better but Michael O'Keefe acts like such an egotistical jerk it's hard to work up any sympathy for his problem. Is it his
acting, Ashby's direction, or Simon's script. Take your pick.
Best acting in the film is from acclaimed director Martin Ritt who plays the
Atlanta Braves manager. He has some interesting motivational techniques.
The Slugger's Wife will never be listed as a great baseball film.
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