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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Crash Davis
... Annie Savoy
... Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh
... Skip
... Larry
... Jimmy
... Bobby
Danny Gans ... Deke
Tom Silardi ... Tony
Lloyd T. Williams ... Mickey (as Lloyd Williams)
Rick Marzan ... Jose
George Buck ... Nuke's Father
... Millie
Gregory Avellone ... Doc (as Greg Avelone)
Garland Bunting ... Teddy - Radio Announcer (as Carey 'Garland' Bunting)
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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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15 June 1988 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$50,888,729
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June 15, 2018 celebrated 30 years from the movie's release date. At the DBAP (Durham Bulls Athletic Park). Writer and Director Ron Shelton threw out the first pitch. See more »

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When Crash tells Nuke to hold the ball like an egg, Crash returns to his position and holds down two fingers to signify that he wants Nuke to throw a curveball. Since there is a runner at second base at the time, a catcher would throw down a series of signs, so that the runner at second can't steal the sign and signal the batter on what the next pitch is going to be. See more »

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[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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All Night Dance
Written by Bennie Wallace
Performed by Bennie Wallace, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Dr. John (as Mac "Dr. John" Rabennack)
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23 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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