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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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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was reasonably unique in the Neil Simon canon in that it is the only one of his films that includes a significant contemporary rock soundtrack typical of many of the 1980s Hollywood youth comedies. 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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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Singin' in the Rain
Written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
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Hal Ashby's Worst
8 October 2010 | by motley6See all my reviews

On paper it sounds great: Hal Ashby directing, Neil Simon writing, Michael O'Keefe coming off of three critically acclaimed films, and Rebecca DeMornay coming off Risky Business. But in practice, the movie simply isn't watchable. Bad dialogue, bad acting, atrocious musical interludes; and this is just in the first 20 minutes. Randy Quaid and Martin Ritt appear in thankless roles. Even the baseball sequences are pedestrian. There is nothing redeemable in this production even from a cult perspective. Second-Hand Hearts and Lookin' to Get Out were not great but at least they were coherent. If you are a fan of Ashby's 70's work and are interested in his 80's stuff, I suggest you just watch 8 Million Ways to Die and the concert films.


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