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The Slugger's Wife (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 29 March 1985 (USA)
A major league star who is on the verge of breaking a record, meets a singer and they get married, but they have different goals, so they separate, jeopardizing his opportunity in sports and the possibility of making up with his wife.

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writer:

Neil Simon

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Keefe ... Darryl Palmer
Rebecca De Mornay ... Debby Palmer
Martin Ritt ... Burly De Vito
Randy Quaid ... Moose Granger
Cleavant Derricks ... Manny Alvarado
Lisa Langlois ... Aline Cooper
Loudon Wainwright III ... Gary
Georgann Johnson ... Marie De Vito
Danny Tucker Danny Tucker ... Coach O'Brien
Lynn Whitfield ... Tina Alvarado
Al Garrison ... Guard
NiCandra Hood NiCandra Hood ... Nurse (as Nicandra Hood)
Ginger Taylor Ginger Taylor ... Sherry
Kay McClelland Kay McClelland ... Peggy
Julie Kemp Julie Kemp ... Paloma
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Storyline

Darryl Palmer is a right fielder for the Atlanta Braves. He is a middling batter at 0.294 for the season thus far. He falls in love at first sight with Debby Huston when he sees her performing at the Limelight, a local club, she who dreams of pop music stardom, with the next step on that hopeful road being a record contract. Initially, Debby has no interest in Darryl whatsoever, but he eventually wears her down with his true affection for her, they eventually getting married. As he feels he has nothing else of substance to give her, how he shows his love for her is to be the best batter he can be, their first date which was predicated on he hitting two home runs in the next game, something he had never done before. As such, he continues to hit home run after another in providing this gift for Debby, while in return people begin to see Debby as his good luck charm. As Darryl's newfound hitting prowess is in large part the reason for the Braves' success - they marching toward the ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A love story about two of America's favourite pastimes. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's The Slugger's Wife See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,314,993, 31 March 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,878,561
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Right before Palmer his 62nd home run, the announcer says "Everyone is standing here in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium." We then see a full stadium with a very unexcited and seated crowd (although it could just be announcer's hyperbole). See more »

Quotes

Burly DeVito: I'm a manager, not a pimp!
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Little Red Corvette
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Produced by Tom Bähler, Brock Walsh and John Van Tongeren
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C'mon and be my little good luck charm
30 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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