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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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How can a woman walk out on a love like this? Just Watch! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Atlanta Braves owner and CNN creator Ted Turner improvised a scene in this film, walking through the Braves locker room and giving a pep talk to the team, but it was cut from the finished film. See more »

Goofs

In the last game of the season, at the end of the movie, 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, but the scoreboard in the background of the catch shows Atlanta leading the game 1 - 0. See more »

Quotes

Burly DeVito: I'm a manager, not a pimp!
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Connections

Referenced in Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lisa Langlois (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Jimmy
Written by Sarah M. Taylor
Produced by Tom Bähler
Performed by Rebecca De Mornay
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
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Complete wash out
25 September 1999 | by acmceSee all my reviews

Baseball player meets rockstar - they marry and have difficulty adjusting to each other's different lives. Not only was I very disappointed when I saw this film, but I actually felt robbed of two hours of my life. I get angry when I think about the time I wasted watching this movie. Judging by cast and crew, it should've been a halfway decent movie. Not in the least... ranks as one of the worst I've ever seen. Not romantic, not comedic...not an honest or unique moment in this whole film. Bull Durham is a much better example of romance/baseball movie... Slapshot is also a better sports/comedy movie, with a subplot about the difficulty of being married to a professional player.


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