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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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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 »

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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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Jane's career (writing) and name (Jane Aubrey) are probably references to Jane Austen, one of the most famous writers of all time. Additionally, the title of Jane's article that Billy Chapel reads during spring training, "Scents and Sensibilities", is an obvious play on "Sense and Sensibilities", one of Jane Austen's most famous novels. See more »

Goofs

We hear the fan say "kiss that bitch goodbye, take it over" and waves towards the stands. After Chapel "clears the mechanism" they show the exact same sequence with the fan, only without the sound. See more »

Quotes

Gus Sinski: You know, a lot of little bottles makes a big bottle, Chapy
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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 »

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Few movies leave me breathless. Fewer still leave me speechless.
11 March 2001 | by Angelab41See all my reviews

This was one of those rare events where you find yourself clicking through channels and luck upon the beginning of a movie so engrossing that the world completely stops until the credits roll. This is Costner's greatest performance, with a depth of emotion that we've never seen before.

This is much more than a baseball film. It's a love story about love and baseball, and life and facing the future when you finally "grow up." It's about the choices behind us and the chances ahead.


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