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Bull Durham (1988)

A movie directed by Ron Shelton

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An Excellent Interpretation of Americas Two Pastimes

  • Mar 13, 2000
Baseball and Sex. Two Pastimes that have been present in America since the 1800's. Well sex went back even further than that. Anyway, this adaptation of the life of minor league baseball players and a woman who is drawn to rookies is both funny and in alot of ways true. You don't have to be a big baseball fan to love this movie as the comic wit of Costner, Sarandon, and Robbins will keep you hooked. Also, the storyline is very interesting. Most definitely a video that is worth repeated viewings.

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Bull Durhamis about minor league baseball. It's also about romance, sex, poetry, metaphysics, and talent--though not necessarily in that order. Susan Sarandon plays a loopy lady who just loves America's national pastime--and the men who play it. At the opening of every season, she attaches herself to a promising rookie and guides him through the season. Unfortunately, the player she bestows her favors upon does not really deserve it. She knows it, and veteran Kevin Costner knows it. Her choice, a dim bulb played for laughs by Tim Robbins, is the only one who doesn't know it. The film, directed by its writer, Ron Shelton, a former minor league player, is rich in subtle detail. There are Edith Piaf records playing in the background, fast-talking managers, and minor characters as developed as the leads. Sarandon's retro-'50s outfits make you think she's just another bimbo, not an English teacher very much in control of her life. And Costner's clear-eyed, slightly vitriolic performance is devastatingly sexy and keenly witty. The love scenes, though tasteful, are almost as humorous as they are hot. Sarandon's character likes to tie her players up and expand their horizons by reading Walt Whitman to them, "'cause a guy will listen to anything if he thinks it's foreplay." How can you not love a movie with such a wicked sense of humor?--Rochelle O'Gorman
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Director: Ron Shelton
Screen Writer: Ron Shelton
DVD Release Date: October 27, 1998
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Image Entertainment
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