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Bull Durham (1988)

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

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Ron Shelton

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Ron Shelton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Crash Davis
Susan Sarandon ... Annie Savoy
Tim Robbins ... Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh
Trey Wilson ... Skip
Robert Wuhl ... Larry
William O'Leary ... Jimmy
David Neidorf ... Bobby
Danny Gans Danny Gans ... Deke
Tom Silardi Tom Silardi ... Tony
Lloyd T. Williams Lloyd T. Williams ... Mickey (as Lloyd Williams)
Rick Marzan Rick Marzan ... Jose
George Buck George Buck ... Nuke's Father
Jenny Robertson ... Millie
Gregory Avellone Gregory Avellone ... Doc (as Greg Avelone)
Garland Bunting Garland Bunting ... Teddy - Radio Announcer (as Carey 'Garland' Bunting)
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Storyline

Crash is an aging minor league ball player, brought up from another team to mature a young pitcher with maturity problems. Both of them become involved with Ann, a baseball groupie with her own perspective on the game. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Romance is a lot like baseball. It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bull Durham See more »

Filming Locations:

Arlington, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,888,729
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mount Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the movie, Annie quotes some poetry in a voiceover and then says "That was Thomas Gray. Or William Cullen Bryant, I forget which." It was indeed Thomas Gray and it was taken from "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard". See more »

Goofs

When The team and Crash are on the bus and he tells them he's been in the show, the player behind Crash has his right foot propped up on the the back of his seat. The next shot shows the player leaning up to listen to Crash. The next shot the player's foot is back up on Crash's seat all the while he's leaning forward. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Annie Savoy: [narrating] I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn't work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there's ...
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1988 (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
French lyrics by Édith Piaf
English lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Édith Piaf
Courtesy of EMI-Pathe Marconi
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The movie about the love of Baseball
10 October 2001 | by DanB-4See all my reviews

Crash Davis loves baseball more than it loves him. He believes in the game. He deserves to be in the show, but he isn't and never will be. But still he plays on, dutifully and to a certain extent, joyfully. Better to play crappy A-ball than sell shoes.

That for me is the central theme of this film. It is all summed up when Crash tells Nuke, the wild young star pitcher "You don't respect yourself. That's your problem. You don't respect the game. That's my problem."

Take a player that passionate, and a youngster that annoying, add in a sexy yet maternal fan and you have great comedy. Bull Durham works scene after scene, because the film never forgets that baseball is what binds all the characters together.

Tim Robbins is nothing short of brilliant and Nuke Laloosh, the rising star youngster who walks 18 batters and strikes out 18 batters in his first minor league appearance - both league records. But Nuke is caught up in his fat contract, his Porsche, and his endless parade of women. Baseball is a sideline. Eventually, Crash's mentoring begins to pay off until he finally realizes that winning is "like, you know, better than losing!"

The love triangle between Annie (Susan Sarandon), Crash and Nuke is wonderful and funny, but it mainly provides us with set up for the baseball scenes, like when Sarandon convinces Nuke to wear women's underwear while he pitches. Or my favourite scene, when Annie and Crash take batting practise together, Annie dressed like she is ready for a wedding, but determined to correct Crash's swing. Crash is determined to take Annie home. They flirt and practice batting in one of the best prolonged foreplay scenes ever filmed.

The ending is satisfying but the real depth of this film is harmony that the game brings to the characters. **** out of ****.


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