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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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Sam Raimi

Writers:

Michael Shaara (novel), Dana Stevens (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Billy Chapel
Kelly Preston ... Jane Aubrey
John C. Reilly ... Gus Sinski
Jena Malone ... Heather Aubrey
Brian Cox ... Gary Wheeler
Addie Daddio Addie Daddio ... Waitress
J.K. Simmons ... Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
Vin Scully ... Himself
Steve Lyons ... Himself
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
Bill E. Rogers ... Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)
Hugh Ross Hugh Ross ... Mike Udall
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Tow Truck Driver
Arnetia Walker ... Airport Bartender
Larry Joshua ... Yankee Fan in Bar
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Love of the Game See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the montage sequence where Chapel is setting down the Yankees with pitch after pitch on the corners, Paint It Black is played. Since the edges of home plate are black rubber a skilled pitcher is said to be "painting the black". See more »

Goofs

At the end of the seventh when Tuttle argues with the 1st base umpire, the Yankees manager is seen running out to 1st to argue with the ump, too. A few frames later when there is a close up of Chapel walking off the mound, although it is blurry in the background you can see the Yankees manager running to 1st base again. See more »

Quotes

Gus Sinski: Trying to take my hand off?
Billy Chapel: Sorry.
Gus Sinski: Just let me set for that juice. Warn me or something.
Billy Chapel: I'm gonna throw a little harder than usual today. There's your warning.
Gus Sinski: Chap, don't throw it away too early.
Billy Chapel: Today I'm throwing hard.
Gus Sinski: You and me? One more time?
Billy Chapel: Why not?
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Alternate Versions

A full frontal nude shot of Kevin Costner had to be cut at Universal's request to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 July 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Moody
Written by Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans) & J.Elle (uncredited)
Published by Revision West (BMI)
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / Master Source
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Way too sappy
26 April 2014 | by ThreeThumbsUpSee all my reviews

This movie didn't take long to get sappy and cheesy. It begins with a montage of Billy Chappel's (Kevin Cosner) life leading up to his final pitching performance in New York against the Yankees. Before the game, he finds out that the Tigers' beloved owner is selling the team and his girlfriend is moving to London. "There's a job there Billy. A good job. An editor's position." It gets worse. Before taking the field, he takes a whiff of his old glove and there it is, his first flashback to his childhood; playing ball in the back yard. As he's warming up in the bullpen before the game, his manager wants to start a young catcher, but Billy insists that his buddy Gus start instead. "If Gus doesn't play, I don't pitch." OK then. As the game rolls along, he flashes back to his romance with Kelly Preston and everything is just dandy. He's got a perfect game until, wait, what? The young prospect he met before the game that used to be his bat-boy comes to the plate... Only redeeming factor is the actual baseball action. Looks real enough and it was filmed in Yankee Stadium.


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