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
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Producer Thom Mount (who is part owner of the real Durham Bulls) hired Pete Bock, a former semi-pro baseball player, as a consultant on the film. Bock recruited more than a dozen minor-league players, ran a tryout camp to recruit an additional 40 to 50 players from lesser ranks, hired several minor-league umpires and conducted two-a-day workouts and practice games with Tim Robbins pitching and Kevin Costner catching. Bock made sure the actors looked and acted like ballplayers and that the real players acted convincingly in front of the cameras. He said, "the director would say, 'This is the shot we want. What we need is the left fielder throwing a one-hopper to the plate. Then we need a good collision at the plate.' I would select the players I know could do the job, and then we would go out and get it done". See more »
After catching a pop-up behind home plate, Crash tells Nuke to intentionally hit the Mascot. Nuke hits the mascot, Crash warns the batter, "I wouldn't dig in if I were you." The next pitch is a swinging strike, the batter is called out and Crash throws to 3rd base. At this point the count on the batter is only 1-1. The batter has not struck out yet. See more »
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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I've avoided this film for years, because I'm no sports fan, but over the years I've read about it, heard it quoted and cited as a film even for people who don't like sports, so last night -- in the mood for a piece of light comedy romance -- I sat down and watched it.
Holy cow, what an experience. There were, I admit, some comic highlights and good lines, but for the most part all that I had throughout were questions: Who ARE these people? What are they TALKING about? What's at stake, here? What an EARTH is Susan Sarandon's character supposed to be? What does she DO? Why is she HERE? What is the damned POINT of all this? Why is Miss Sarandon -- an actress I've loved since I first saw her in "Atlantic City" -- so spectacularly bad in this film, popping her eyes and going so over the top it's as if she's engaged in long-distance Tennessee Williams competition? And...what the hell was the point of the character of Tim Robbins' dad? And, finally: when is this going to end?
Sure, I live in the UK, but I spent 13 years in the States, so I have some basic knowledge of baseball, but even I was completely baffled by what was going on. There was nothing here to connect to any aspect of real life, no real human motivation outside of the scriptwriter's manipulation of his characters for whatever his reasons were.
As I said, there were parts that did make me laugh out loud, and I certainly liked Tim Robbins and even, up to a point, Kevin Costner (wildly uneven, though -- check out his couple of lines to Robbins when the latter wakes up from his nightmare on the bus. Was Costner struck over the head with a baseball bat before the cameras rolled?) but on the whole, this seemed like a long, pointless exercise in...well, I can't even say for sure. But, one thing I can say is that I was very, very disappointed, and whatever appeal this film seems to have had completely eluded me.
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