Bull Durham (1988) – Encore Review

“The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self awareness.” – Annie Savoy

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s, video, DVD, 26 Mar 2017 and 29 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A Veteran minor league Baseball Pitcher and a Rookie Catcher do all they can to get called up to the Major leagues with the help of an avid fan who believes in the Church of baseball.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve seen numerous times, but was recently inspired to rewatch it after having a discussion online about baseball movies with my friend Jason of The Palmer Files

The film works really well due to the way that the three main characters are developed and this love triangle among baseball lovers is so much fun to watch.

The cast is superb with Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins all making these characters some to life.

The story revolves around this triangle between these two players and a woman who wants to make them both better at Baseball and in life, yet cannot find a way to choose between them.

They do a great job depicting the life of minor league ballplayers and we get to see how much hope they all have in hopefully making their way into the big leagues at a critical point in their careers.

The best part about this film is the fact that this movie is all about the love of playing baseball and it doesn’t quite matter where it is being played just as they as one continues to enjoy themselves playing this game.

The dialogue is written beautifully and allows for these characters to express their love for the game as metaphor for how they live their lives and how they love one another.

This may not be my favorite baseball movie, (that still remains The Rookie (2002) with Dennis Quaid) but it is still quite high on the list due to the way that this one overflows with characters who are having the time of their lives doing what they love best.

To top it al off, this movie also has one of my favorite baseball themed songs – Centerfield by John Fogarty.

Check it out here:

Highly Recommended!


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Ron Shelton pitched the film, he had a hard time convincing a studio to give him the opportunity to direct. Baseball movies were not considered a viable commercial prospect at the time and every studio passed except for Orion Pictures who gave him a $9 million budget (with many cast members accepting lower than usual salaries because of the material), an eight-week shooting schedule and creative freedom. The film’s success helped spark a boom of baseball movies in the years afterward, which included Eight Men Out (1988), Major League (1989), Field of Dreams (1989), and A League of Their Own (1992). (From IMDB)

Rating – ?? Worthy (?/10) (no change from original review)


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