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For Love of the Game (1999)

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After 19 years of playing the game he's loved his whole life, Billy Chapel has to decide if he's going to risk everything and put everything out there.

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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 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

J.K. Simmons who plays the Tiger's manager is in real life an avid Detroit Tigers fan. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the opening game of the Tiger's 2015 season. See more »

Goofs

When Gus Sinsky is at bat and gets his double, one shot shows the sun in front of him. With the orientation of Yankee Stadium, the only time the sun could be in that position is in the morning, but the game time is late afternoon/evening. See more »

Quotes

Jane Aubrey: Do you lose very much?
Billy Chapel: I lose. I've lost 134 times.
Jane Aubrey: You count them?
Billy Chapel: We count everything.
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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 Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) 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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Baseball & Romance, Costner-Style
1 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Boy, is this a movie for New York Yankee haters. The lead character is a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and played by Kevin Costner, guy who can play the game at a high level, not just some actor faking it. And, of course, his big pitching effort is against the mighty Yankees.

My only complaint, besides the overuse of the Lord's name in vain, is that there weren't more baseball scenes in it, since they were so well done. The best character of the film was the catcher, played by John C. Reilly. There's a big romance angle in here between Costner and Kelly Preston. Some of that was good, some was annoying. Neither of those characters was particularly appealing.

What was very cool, if you have a good surround system, was the sound of Costner's fastball hitting the catcher's mitt. The loud "whoosh" sound was awesome.


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