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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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Ron Shelton

Writer:

Ron Shelton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Crash Davis
Susan Sarandon ... Annie Savoy
Tim Robbins ... Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh
Trey Wilson ... Skip
Robert Wuhl ... Larry
William O'Leary ... Jimmy
David Neidorf ... Bobby
Danny Gans Danny Gans ... Deke
Tom Silardi Tom Silardi ... Tony
Lloyd T. Williams Lloyd T. Williams ... Mickey (as Lloyd Williams)
Rick Marzan Rick Marzan ... Jose
George Buck George Buck ... Nuke's Father
Jenny Robertson ... Millie
Gregory Avellone Gregory Avellone ... Doc (as Greg Avelone)
Garland Bunting Garland Bunting ... Teddy - Radio Announcer (as Carey 'Garland' Bunting)
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Storyline

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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Romance is a lot like baseball. It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bull Durham See more »

Filming Locations:

Arlington, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,009,301, 19 June 1988

Gross USA:

$50,888,729

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,888,729
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mount Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the first few years after the film's release, Ron Shelton considered where the characters would be, specifically whether Annie would follow Crash to his managing job in Visalia. But now that the actors are over 25 years older, it's apparently no longer under consideration. See more »

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When Crash is arguing with the umpire, he put on his helmet before picking up his face mask. In the next shot, he has the helmet in his hand. 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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References Blackboard Jungle (1955) See more »

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So Long Baby, Goodbye
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Best comedy about professional baseball
14 July 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the professional pitching debut of Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) for the A ball Durham Bulls. He has a million dollar arm and a five cents head. They bring in veteran catcher Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) to mentor the young pitcher. Only he's too old for this stuff. Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) is a baseball philosopher and team super fan. Every year, she picks one player to hook up with and guide. Much to Crash's dismay, she picks Nuke.

This is a funny and charming baseball movie. It's got Kevin Costner's great "I believe in..." speech. It's also got all the inside baseball interior-voice and behind-the-glove fun. It loves baseball both in its grandness and the little things. It romanticizes the game as well as its sad lowly grind. It's probably the best comedy movie about professional baseball.


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