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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 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

Gross USA:

$1,878,561

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,878,561
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

In the last game of the season, Palmer makes a catch in right field to end the top of the 9th Inning. The score at that point of the game was Houston 2 - Atlanta 1. The scoreboard in the background shows Atlanta leading 1 - 0. See more »

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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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Danny Noonan Breaks Maris' Record. No one seems to care.
31 May 2001 | by AlanTESSee all my reviews

This film advertises itself as a Baseball movie with a Love Story. The film fails at both attempts.

The Love story is boring and pointless as the characters simply go through the cliche'd story of falling in love, and then drifting apart.

But the real disaster here is the failure as a Baseball story. Somehow, we are supposed to believe that Michael O'Keefe is a credible Baseball Slugger? O'Keefe will forever be known as Danny Noonan from Caddychack. Unfortunately, this role did little to take that typecast off of him.

He's less than 200 pounds, with barely any muscle tone on his body, and he supposed to have been inspired by his love for Rebecca De Mornay to hit 62 Home Runs in a Season. The story starts off with the fact that he's a light-weight singles hitter. If you look at the four men in history who have hit over 60 home runs in a season, (Ruth, Maris, McGwire & Sosa) you will see that these men are rather large and muscular. O'keefe is neither.

However, the story gets even more ridiculous as O'Keefe nears the record. On the night before the final game, he is sitting on 61 Home runs, which has tied the record. So, what does he do? He goes out to the local dance club (where he first met De Mornay) with his buddies. On his way to the dance floor, one reporter from Sports Illustrated approaches him and asks him a few questions, than wishes him luck.

ONE REPORTER!?!?! He's on the verge of breaking the single season home run record, and he's out in a disco, and there's only one reporter asking him questions??? Even non-baseball fans can appreciate the amount of media coverage and fan reaction when guys like Maris, McGwire and Sosa neared the 60 mark. Those men were constantly hounded by fans and the media every night.

If you want a decent movie about baseball, that also details the accurate lifestyle of a player about to break the single season, see Billy Crystal's "61*".


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