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For Love of the Game (1999)

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A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy Chapel
... Jane Aubrey
... Gus Sinski
... Heather Aubrey
... Gary Wheeler
Addie Daddio ... Waitress
... Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
... Himself
... Himself
... Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
Bill E. Rogers ... Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)
Hugh Ross ... Mike Udall
... Tow Truck Driver
... Airport Bartender
... Yankee Fan in Bar
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A Detroit pitcher Billy Chapel, reflects on his life in major league baseball, after he finds out his girlfriend moves to London for a job. Thus forcing the ball player to analyze his life and how his career as a player, and his life without her will change, thus altering his priorities between his career winding to a close, choosing what his path will be, the love of baseball or the love of his life? Written by Jared Johnson

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Billy Chapel must choose between the woman he loves and the game he lives for.

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 September 1999 (USA)  »

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For the Love of the Game  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,041,685, 19 September 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,168,395, 28 November 1999
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Trivia

Many of the Yankees players were played by Yankee minor leaguers. See more »

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When Sam Tuttle comes to bat in the first inning the scoreboard indicates that he has hit 39 homers, but when he bats in the seventh his home run total is 19. See more »

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Vin Scully: And you know Steve you get the feeling that Billy Chapel isn't pitching against left handers, he isn't pitching against pinch hitters, he isn't pitching against the Yankees. He's pitching against time. He's pitching against the future, against age, and even when you think about his career, against ending. And tonight I think he might be able to use that aching old arm one more time to push the sun back up in the sky and give us one more day of summer.
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High Hopes
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
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Too much psychobabble
16 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

The producers were obviously trying to cash in on the popularity of Bull Durham, but this was a bad misfire. 5 percent baseball. 95 percent psychobabble, with Costner and Preston endlessly discussing their relationship, the rules of the game, etc, etc. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan without the humor. And what the Tiger's ace pitcher could see in this messed- up gal is a mystery. At 40 years old, he should have known better. Susan Sarandon was a much more convincing match for him.

If you like juvenile dialog about love affairs, you may find this interesting. But if you're looking for a baseball movie like Bull Durham or Field of Dreams, forget this one. It's a love story, and not a very good one.


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