Bull Durham

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Synopsis

A blend of comedy, drama and romance, Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great American pastime. Crash Davis (Kevin Costner, showcasing his Midwestern charm) is a perennial Minor Leaguer assigned to the Durham Bulls, a hapless team with a long tradition of mediocrity. There he tutors a young, dim-witted pitching prodigy, Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) in the ways of baseball, life, and love. Each strikes up a romance with Annie (Susan Sarandon), the team's mascot who takes it upon herself to sleep with a new player every season. Each has his/her own conflict: Crash struggles to end his career with some measure of dignity; Nuke struggles to make it to the big show; and Annie struggles to find something more than a roll in the hay -- and of course, Crash and Nuke come into conflict over Annie's affections to further complicate matters. The film treats the sport of baseball with a sort of casual reverence, highlighting both the drama and the humor inherent in the game, illustrated by Annie's numerous references to baseball as her religion. ~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Kevin Costner
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Tim Robbins
  • Trey Wilson
  • Robert Wuhl
  • William O'Leary
  • David Neidorf
  • Danny Gans
  • Tom Silardi
  • Lloyd T. Williams

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • When Nuke is promoted to the majors we see him giving a television interview. This scene was filmed at Arlington Stadium, which was the former home field for the Major League team the Texas Rangers.
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Goofs

  • Placement of hands during the garter belt scene in the kitchen.
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Quotes

    • [first lines]
    • [narrating]
    • Annie Savoy: I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I learned that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn't work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there's no guilt in baseball, and it's never boring,
    • [giggles]
    • Annie Savoy: which makes it like sex. There's never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn't have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I'd never sleep with a player hitting under .250, not unless he had a lot of RBIs and was a great glove man up the middle. You see, there's a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I got a ballplayer alone, I'll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him, and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen. 'Course, a guy'll listen to anything if he thinks it's foreplay. I make them feel confident, and they make me feel safe, and pretty. 'Course, what I give them lasts a lifetime; what they give me lasts 142 games. Sometimes it seems like a bad trade. But bad trades are part of baseball - now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God's sake? It's a long season and you gotta trust it. I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.
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Metacritic

100

Though his film is like no other baseball movie, it may remind you of Paul Newman's hockey comedy Slap Shot: a knowing look at sport's underbelly - punctuated by jelly-belly laughs. [15 June 1988]

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today
88

A treasure of a movie because it knows so much about baseball and so little about love.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

A loopy, loving nine innings full of comic curve balls, emotional home-runs and euphoric, summertime music.

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)