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Plot: 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 Runtime: 108 min Release Date: 15 Jun 1988
Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon. I thought I read the book, or at least I dreamed it, but this is NOT adapted from something by Larry McMurtry, although it sure seems like it oughta be. It is one hell of a funny, crafty, too real for life, kind of movie. The brilliant script, full of clever one-liners, was written by Ron Shelton White Men Can't Jump 1992 , who actually played minor league ball in the Orioles farm system. Shelton also directed and did a <more>
bang-up job. This is a funny movie that is really funny.What I recalled when I found out this wasn't from Larry McMurtry was a baseball novel for juniors that I had read when I was a kid about a crafty, veteran minor league catcher who had once made it to the big leagues but got beaned and never got over it, always bailing out from an inside curve ball. This was in the days before batting helmets. He fell back to the minors and went from team to team and town to town, hitting a ton until somebody figured out that his knees would buckle if you brushed him back a bit, and then he'd have to move on. Kevin Costner's part reminds me of that guy without the beaning phobia . Susan Sarandon plays Annie Savoy, a baseball groupie in her sexual prime who likes to read poetry and give the players hitting advice. She is just wonderful as she plays sexy mom to the boys, a new one every summer, just so she can avoid any kind of real relationship or commitment. And so along comes Crash Davis Kevin Costner, one of the more underrated and less flashy stars of our time , playing an itinerant catcher who has managed to hit nearly 300 minor league home runs. He is tough and savvy and once made it to the Show for 21 days. Tim Robbins plays Ebby Calvin "Nuke" "Meat" LaLoosh, a not too bright, wild-armed phenom who needs more than a little guidance. He gets a lot from both Crash and Annie, who are intent on schooling him in their differing expertise. Nuke is just the hunk Annie needs to keep her from falling in love with Crash, but...well, this is a romantic comedy, so you can be sure that love will find a way.The baseball shtick and the interior dialogues of Robbins and Costner during the games "Why's he want the heat? I wanna throw the deuce..." And, "Don't think, ... Get that...woman out of your head--Time out!" are really funny, and the bit where Robbins shakes him off and Costner, as an object lesson for his young pitcher, tells the batter what's coming next allowing the batter to hit it out of the park or onto the Bull Durham sign to win a free steak dinner--is this genuine Americana or what? are a crack up. But also great are the scenes with Sarandon as she philosophizes "I believe in the Church of Baseball" and wise-cracks her way through the boys of summer, especially the scene where she ties Nuke up in bed and reads him some Walt Whitman. Now THAT really tires the boy out! Another great scene is on the bus when Crash lets the other players know that he once made it to the bigs where "...you hit white balls for batting practice and the ballparks are like cathedrals." Beautiful.Best dead-pan one-liner is when Crash catches Nuke in the locker room trying to adjust the panty hose girdle that Annie has talked him into wearing under his uniform: "The rose goes in the front, big guy."By the way, the great rock and roll soundtrack includes the galvanizing baseball song, "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame. Or maybe the title's "In Center Field": "Put me in coach. I'm ready to play, today, in center field." It's a shame that Shelton did not win the Oscar for this script, it's really that good. Ronald Bass won for Rain Man. The characters are just fascinating and full of life, and not just the three leads. The bit players are funny too, including the hard-talking, middle-brained manager, the mindless pattering coaches, the sweet young groupie girl who makes it with all the players as fast as she can. Even the team clown is good.The irreverent characterizations, the sweet story, the realistic atmosphere of baseball in small town America only slightly burlesqued , and some fine acting all rolled together make this one highly diverting little film, actually one of the best baseball films ever made. See this with your best babe. She'll like it as much as you.
This movie just totally rocks unless you might be a non fan (by jallen52)
Previous reviewer of this movie obviously has no clue about the sport of baseball. The opening monologue by "Annie Savoy" is absolutely the best of any movies I've ever seen. The scenes on the playing field are so real I can almost smell the dirt and the grass. Costner and Robbins are both absolutely excellent in their portrayals of frustrated Minor Leaguers trying to get to the "show" i.e. the MAJOR LEAGUES for those of you who do not know the lingo. and the setting is beautiful; a small southern town where baseball is probably the best thing on Earth because <more>
everything else is boredom. Annie Savoy does the best monologue ever known to my ears; her comparsions of baseball to a "religion" speak deeply into my heart because I have been a fan since I can remember and I will be until the day I die. The Annie character is also an interesting twist on the necessity of a female figure to calm down too much boiling testosterone.MLB players like Milton Bradley need an "Annie Savoy" - unfortunetely they apparently do not yet; I hope these tortured souls of MLB will someday find an "Annie" or at least watch this movie so chairs stop flying into the stands at MLB parks and these guys can get back to the real business of just playing the game.If you are a serious baseball fan this is a must see; if you're clueless or just don't get the draw of not just the game but of honest "Americana" - don't bother; maybe at least try to figure it out.
Life, sex, and baseball. Baseball, life, and sex. (by hnt_dnl)
What is Bull Durham about? On the surface, it's about baseball: the love, joy, pain, and madness of baseball. But it's really about life. The baseball team are the Durham Bulls a variation on the title , a minor league North Carolina team who aren't very good.The 3 central characters of the film are Crash Davis, Annie Savoy, and Ebbie Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh, played respectively by Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins in a triumvirate of truly focused, convincing, memorable performances. All 3 actors imbibe their characters with humanity and unique qualities. They <more>
all pair off at different times in the film and have a variety of memorable interactions and discussions. *ANNIE AND NUKE Annie chooses every season to 'pair up' with one of the players and it comes down to Crash the catcher and Nuke the pitcher . Annie 'chooses' Nuke, but mainly because Crash 'rejects' her. Annie and Nuke share a set of hilarious scenes together. Annie much older than Nuke uses him to satisfy her sexual desires and need to stay and feel young and vibrant. Also, she is helping him with his pitching. But there is also a maternal instinct that kicks in. It's obvious that Sarandon Annie and Robbins Nuke off-screen relationship contributed to their on-screen chemistry.*NUKE AND CRASH Crash is literally traded to the Bulls engineered by the team manager so that he can mentor Nuke's pitching, thus preparing him for the major leagues. Crash is a veteran with a lot of experience and advice that Nuke can use, but Nuke doesn't always listen, so Crash has to constantly teach him lessons and reminds him who's boss. Crash and Nuke have a big brother-little brother relationship with Crash doling out advice, but also there is 'sibling' rivalry because of Annie. Crash sees the greatness in Nuke's pitching and is living his dream through Nuke. If Nuke makes it to the majors, he'll know that he made it too. Their last scene together is the most touching moment in the film. Costner and Robbins convey a real, funny, male bonding relationship that is a special part of the film.*CRASH AND ANNIE And, now, to the creme de la creme! The piesta de resistance! The pairing to end all pairings! Crash and Annie! It's always hard to see what is really going on when you first see a film, but when I saw this film 20 years ago, I really kind of knew how it was going to end with Crash and Annie , but didn't really appreciate at the time how it got there. After watching the film again over the years, I really see the true magic of the Crash/Annie relationship. It's got to be the most fun I've ever had waiting for 2 characters to get together in a film. It's obvious from the beginning, even when she's playing her baseball groupie games, that Annie wants Crash from the start. You can see it in the way she looks at him when she first sees him. It's love at first sight. Of course we find out how she feels later in the film, but it's obvious she wanted him from the start. You can feel the sexual tension and desire in all of Crash and Annie's scenes together, even when they are playing word games and seemingly don't want each other. When they finally do get together, it is one of the rawest, hottest, sexiest series of scenes ever put to the screen, so be warned! Costner and Sarandon as Crash and Annie can lay claim to having provided the viewer with the sexiest scenes recorded in film history. The look that they give each other when both finally realize that they have each other is almost as hot as the series of scenes succeeding this. The way that Crash looks at Annie is the way a woman wants a man to look at her when he wants her and the way Annie looks at Crash is the way a man wants a woman to look at him when she wants him even though the average guy supposedly doesn't really care . But, for Annie, Crash isn't the average guy, not just some seasonal fling who she can forget about later. Crash for her is THE ONE, a man who shares all her interests reading, philosophy, old music and of course, baseball . And for Crash, Annie is the person he's been waiting for all his life who saves him at just the right time when he's approaching middle age and realizing that he's at a crossroads in his life. She gives him something to live for and continue on. Their final scenes together are truly special. The irony is that, if they had gotten together from the beginning, I don't think they would have ended up together because they needed to learn about and really size up each other to make sure that they were meant to be.Of course, the brilliance of the film is not only these 3 characters, but also the way that it chooses not to glamorize or glorify baseball, but rather let baseball play second fiddle to the real story of the film: life itself. There's a lot of great dialogue and funny scenes with other characters as well. The scene with all the baseball players and coach on the mound talking about 'wedding gifts' is classic! Wonder if this happens in the majors! But a lot of the baseball moments still feel and seem realistic Crash mentally 'talking' to himself while trying to get a hit off a pesky pitcher, Nuke literally talking to himself while trying not to think so much while pitching, Crash using his veteran savvy as a catcher to throw off batters to get them to strike out . So what is Bull Durham? Well, in order, it's...1 ...a love story 2 ...about relationships 3 ...about mid-life crises 4 ...about life itself 5 ...about baseball
First of I have to say i'm from the UK, i've never played baseball seen a baseball game or have any ideas to the finer rules of baseball but this will not stop you enjoying this film. This film is about a way of life and you can enjoy it in the same way as you can watch a film about a great explorer without ever having left your own country. For Crash, Nuke, Annie and all the other characters in here baseball is a way of life not a sport and it is to be respected and in some cases worshipped. For me the best scene in this movie comes in the pool hall at the end with three generations <more>
of baseball player we know that one day nuke, will be in crash's position and that crash will eventually be in the old guys position it's the baseball way of life. Howevever it's a way of life that's changing and this is shown in the almost forlorn at times shot's of the ballpark and main characters, like the lady says you have to respect the ball player who's just trying to finish out the season.Direction, script and performances Costner's best performance ever I think even over Field of Dreams and the Untouchables are superb see this movie you wont regret it. 8/10
Bull Durham is written and directed by Ron Shelton, it stars Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Robert Wuhl and Trey Wilson. Music is by Michael Convertino and cinematography by Bobby Byrne.Annie Savoy Sarandon , small town groupie of the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, takes a different player from the team into her bed each year and in the process imparts her considerable knowledge of the game on them. This year is tricky, though, two candidates catch her eye. One is young air-head, but talented, pitcher Ebby Calvin LaLoosh Robbins , the other is the wise older veteran <more>
of the leagues Crash Davis Costner , who has been employed to be the Bulls' catcher and mentor to LaLoosh. Annie and the two men's lives are about to change considerably.It's a rare old thing is this, a sports movie that manages to be funny, tender, romantic and spirit lifting all in one. Writer/director Ron Shelton draws on his own real life experiences of the minor leagues to tell his story with skill, whilst cloaking it in authentic looking splendour. His tale is boosted by three excellent lead performances from Sarandon savvy and sexy , Robbins ebullient naivety and Costner charismatic and natural , with the added bite that, refreshingly in a male dominated environment, it's Sarandon's Annie who is the centre of the story she narrates also . True enough to say that some of the sports dialogue will not be to everyone's liking, erm hello non baseball fans, but in the main it's a wholesome and mature romady that keeps on giving rewards with each subsequent viewing.Clearly about more than baseball, it's a film that's easy to love and laugh along with. 8.5/10
Crash Davis loves baseball more than it loves him. He believes in the game. He deserves to be in the show, but he isn't and never will be. But still he plays on, dutifully and to a certain extent, joyfully. Better to play crappy A-ball than sell shoes.That for me is the central theme of this film. It is all summed up when Crash tells Nuke, the wild young star pitcher "You don't respect yourself. That's your problem. You don't respect the game. That's my problem."Take a player that passionate, and a youngster that annoying, add in a sexy yet maternal fan and you <more>
have great comedy. Bull Durham works scene after scene, because the film never forgets that baseball is what binds all the characters together.Tim Robbins is nothing short of brilliant and Nuke Laloosh, the rising star youngster who walks 18 batters and strikes out 18 batters in his first minor league appearance - both league records. But Nuke is caught up in his fat contract, his Porsche, and his endless parade of women. Baseball is a sideline. Eventually, Crash's mentoring begins to pay off until he finally realizes that winning is "like, you know, better than losing!"The love triangle between Annie Susan Sarandon , Crash and Nuke is wonderful and funny, but it mainly provides us with set up for the baseball scenes, like when Sarandon convinces Nuke to wear women's underwear while he pitches. Or my favourite scene, when Annie and Crash take batting practise together, Annie dressed like she is ready for a wedding, but determined to correct Crash's swing. Crash is determined to take Annie home. They flirt and practice batting in one of the best prolonged foreplay scenes ever filmed.The ending is satisfying but the real depth of this film is harmony that the game brings to the characters. **** out of ****.
It is nice to see a movie that attracts more than one kind of audience. This is a comedy, then again a love story. This can be placed in the baseball genre as well as a coming of age drama. Most movies claim to be one or the other and sometimes fail to be. Then again, when a good movie hits a homerun it can not only become a money maker and a box office smash, it can also become timeless. Before they became giants of Hollywood, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins stars in this great movie as some of the most interesting, yet simple characters. Costner plays an aging baseball player <more>
who meets with rookie, soon to be great major league pitcher Tim Robbins. Out of the rafters comes Susan Surandon who, in her own may, is a Muse of the religion of baseball. Together, the three introduce three different worlds upon the audience. Each are believable characters even though they are in a way, fantasy like. A great story with a perfect ending, Bull Durham is one of those hard to find movies that is a crowd pleaser with just about every audience out there.
All the fun of a night out at the ballpark injected into a film. (by SmileysWorld)
There's something to be said about Minor League Baseball.While the Major Leagues have their glitz and glamor,the minor leagues are a bit different.It's not so glitzy.It's not so glamorous.Everything having to do with the minor leagues happens on a much smaller scale.For some,like me,the atmosphere of the minors is much more appealing because you don't have a bunch of millionaires out there saying "look what I can do".What you do have are guys trying to prove themselves worthy of that next step,the Major League level,which means that they are more likely to be giving <more>
their all.Minor league ballparks,depending upon which ones you go to,have a lot to offer as far as fun things to do for the family as far as contests and the like.What Bull Durham does for the average movie watcher is project that very atmosphere that I have just described.When you watch the film,you feel like you are at the ballpark having a blast.The three way interaction between the characters played by Costner,Robbins,and Sarandon is a great display of artistry that no one should miss.There are elements of language and sexuality that some may find offensive as well as slams against Christianity that made me personally uneasy,but otherwise this film is a definite fun time.
The tag line for Bull Durham says it all. "It's all about sex and sport. What else is there?" Nothing when it comes to this film. That sounds harsh but there really is nothing else to this film!! Films can be made about a sport, or a sport can be made into a film. What I mean is sometimes certain films are made that completely encompasses a sport, it's all about that particular sport and with Bull Durham Costner begins his infamous Baseball trilogy. Bull Durham really does encompass Baseball, both stars Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner show an emotional attachment to the game <more>
that is touching and very real. The only other thing that abounds in the film besides baseball is sex...and I wouldn't even call it romance because I didn't feel any romance between the characters just sex based on baseball.Tim Robbins really gives a stand out performance as Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh. He's young, self absorbed, hot headed and also gives a great comedy performance because of his character. He truly does a great job and is the only one in the film who comes close to having any sort of chemistry with real life love Susan Sarandon...perhaps that's where the chemistry comes from as they met on this film. He also has a great even better chemistry with Kevin Costner. The two butt heads but support each other and become great friends and it's fun to watch the two of them go head to head. Costner, who has always been one of my favorite actors, does a good job playing Crash Davis. He plays the old timer of the film despite being still young, as far as baseball is concerned he is the mentor of the film. He teaches "Nuke" LaLoosh in seemingly harsh lessons but in the end turns him into a big league pitcher. I didn't feel any chemistry whatsoever between Costner and Sarandon but I don't blame him. Sarandon, to me, was so out of place in this film. She has had some wonderful roles in her life but this just wasn't meant for her. I thought she was too old and quite frankly too classy to be playing a "ball girl." She was believable as the experienced lover but just not as the tramp she was made to play. I didn't think she made the good female lead.Ron Shelton who wrote and directed the film did a great job of capturing the spirit of baseball, there is no doubt about that. He created some great characters in Crash Davis and 'Nuke' LaLoosh. Anyone who has a love for baseball is going to in turn love this film but if you're not a fan you might find it a tad drab. Any time Shelton writes or directs he tries to capture the reality of the situation whether it be baseball, basketball White Men can't Jump , boxing Play It To The Bone , or police work Dark Blue and Hollywood Homicide. He knows about the buddy system and about the topics he creates but Bull Durham is one of his better films. For sports fans a real treat!! 8/10