For Love of the Game (1999)

index“The game doesn’t stink, Mr. Wheeler. It’s a great game.” – Billy Chapel

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (31 Jan 2001 on DVD, 4 Jul 2013)

Brief Synopsis – An aging baseball great reminisces about his love affair with baseball and his girlfriend during what could perhaps be his final game.

My Take on it – As my avid reader already know, I’m a big baseball movie fan.  This is one of my favorites.  I think only 61*(2001) and The Rookie (2002) are better. (Perhaps because they are both true stories.)

Kevin Costner is great at playing this over the hill star who is on his last cylinders and must try to decide what to do with his life after baseball.  The decision he needs to make isn’t an easy one. Many times in our lives, we have a goal for certain amount of time (in his case 19 years of pro-ball) and when you look back, what made that time so great?  For him, was it the love of the game? or the love of a woman?

The movie is presented in  an intriguing way; we see the present time; we see flashbacks over the previous 5+ years and we get the most interesting view; from the baseball commentator doing the play by play of the game or via the game through a TV set that characters are watching.

This movie is based ion a Michael Shaara novel of the same name and directed by Sam Raimi.

Great supporting roles by Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly and JK Simmons.

Bottom Line – Great baseball movie. You can see how much Costner loves the game also. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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