Bull Durham is probably the best movie ever made about baseball and one of the greatest sports movies of all time. It is a critically acclaimed, award-winning film written and directed by an Oscar-nominated director Ron Shelton, who is mostly famous for his sports movies (such gems of the genre as The Best of Times, Tin Cup, and White Men Can’t Jump). Shelton himself was a former baseball player, an experience that he used to create an incredibly authentic atmosphere, bringing his audience into close and intimate contact with the world of baseball. The movie follows the story of a minor-league baseball team the Durham Bulls, focusing on the ambivalent relationship between a young and talented pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) and a veteran minor-league catcher “Crash” Davis (Kevin Costner) at the end of his career. Crash is sent to educate Ebby on how to become a major-league player and help him improve his unbalanced pitching. In order to do that however, he will have to overcome his own resentment and sense of failure for never making it to the major league. Susan Sarandon plays sensual Annie Savoy, a baseball muse with a religious devotion to the game, pledging her heart and her body to one of the Bull players each season. This season, both Ebby and Crash will fight for her attention.
The entire cast is outstanding. Characters are rich, real and alive. And no, this is not just a romantic comedy. It expresses amazingly the essence of a sport where the only thing that matters is to hit, to catch and to throw the ball. It is smart, original, heartwarming and passionate, all at the same time. Ineluctably capturing, Bull Durham is a unique and touching mixture of romance, sports film and comedy. This movie truly is one of a kind.
|Bull Durham (1988)|
|Rating: 7.1/10 (37,005 votes)
Director: Ron Shelton
Writer: Ron Shelton
Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson
Runtime: 108 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Released: 15 Jun 1988
|Plot: 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.|