All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Romance is a lot like baseball. It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game.
Veteran catcher Crash Davis is brought to the minor league Durham Bulls to help their up and coming pitching prospect, "Nuke" Laloosh. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start and is further complicated when baseball groupie Annie Savoy sets her sights on the two men.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Well I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve, and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."
Possibly the best speech ever given in a film, and it happens to be long-winded and raunchy. Good God I love Kevin Costner in this movie, and I really don't like him in…
Costner and baseball. Two things that go together.
Sarandon and Robbins. Another two things that went together for many years but sadly no more.
Baseball, that most American of sports has inspired some great films. "Field Of Dreams",Moneyball","Eight Men Out" to name but a few. "Bull Durham" may feature Baseball but it's about much more than that. A love story,a comedy and a movie that pulls at the heart strings during several touching and tender moments. Rarely has a cast had so much chemistry. Robbins and Sarandon got together during the filming and stayed a couple for over twenty years before breaking up in 2009. Sarandon also sizzles on screen with Costner who was approaching his commercial peak when Bull…
Movie #24 in my Magic & Murder March monthly marathon.
The key thing is: how much of this is really about baseball? Because, holy sacred cow, who the hell cares about baseball? Rob Shelton does. That's who. By the end, it felt less like a sports movie and more like a "time to move on" movie. Which Shelton also cares a lot about. He wants to portray his players as "working class stiffs" who are gradually introduced to Sarandon's new ideas and become more interesting people.
Do they? I'm not so sure. On the one hand, everyman hero Costner is criticizing her for making Tim Robbins "look like a fruit" (always classy). On the other, he's also slapping his bare ass…
When I worked at a Suncoast Video in high school, the store received a new preview DVD every month. However, some trailers would stick around for three or four months, and my co-workers and I would commiserate by referencing lines and shots from them as they were rapidly burned onto our memories (permanently, in some cases). The trailer for Bull Durham, which I must have seen 1,000 times when the movie got a Special Edition DVD release, was particularly haunting. My best friend and I had never seen the movie, but between Costner's out-of-context monologue about good Scotch and deep slow kisses, the use of Joe Cocker's "A Woman Loves a Man," the jaw-droppingly inexplicable shot of Tim Robbins at…
"Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes."
Fun, likeable comedy that benefits from the always decent Kevin Costner's strong performance and his chemistry with co-stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. The tone is really inconsistent and it's almost a different movie in the last 30 minutes, but it always remains a piece of breezy entertainment.
"Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring. Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic."
Top three baseball movie of all time. Depending on the day for me it is no. 1. Having just finished this rewatch today it is no. 1.
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02/30: A Sports movie
Made this pick because it's also on the 1001 Movies You Must Watch Before You Die list. Don't have much to say.
A nearly flawless screenplay. Nearly 30 years old and doesn't seem a bit dated.
Bull Durham is a sports film which boasts a great cast, comedy throughout and actually some good bits of baseball. With a variety of characters also seen in this piece, you can't help but feel good when watching this and with Romantic themes also coming thorough, it makes just a little bit better than it already is. Whatever sport movie fans may think of the sport, you should enjoy this and I felt that this was firmly a good movie.
The story is a fun film about a minor league baseball who hire a veteran batsman and a young promising pitcher who may make it big one day, both the characters work together well and the story always lets the…
Overrated but genial film still is worth a look for Robbins' enthusiastic performance and some really nice details about life on the minor league baseball field. Costner's deficiencies as an actor are really in evidence here -- he seems way out of his league (no pun intended.)
A minor league team starts its season with two players headed in opposite directions: an immature, wild but extremely talented young hotshot and a weathered, experienced career minor leaguer. Meanwhile, a local woman who worships baseball and who hooks up with one player per season finds herself caught between the two of them. I love this movie – it's funny and it has a heart, and it knows baseball, and Robbins is hilariously competent as a young moron, and Costner just seems so much happier when he's playing baseball players. It's a quintessential summer movie, the settings are perfect, and it's an outstanding baseball plus nostalgia plus romance (and I don't just mean the plot) movie.
Oscar Nomination for Original Screenplay.
Okay so, I hate baseball. I am also not a huge fan of The Cos(tner). Yet I liked this movie. Go figure.
It manages to capture that ephemeral quality of baseball, the most seasonal sport. If you played Little League or grew up going to ball games, it's that nostalgia hit you get when you go to a ball park in summer. The smell of the hot dogs and the fresh cut grass. the sound of the announcer, the crowd and the crack of the bat. It's real baseline sensory stuff, but it's powerful and it's hard to convey on film.
The film's oddly unconventional center is Ebby "Nuke" LaLoosh, played with goofy exuberance by Tim Robbins. Unconventional in that…
Perceptive in life both in and out of the field. The excellent performances and crackling chemistry between the three leads give the film a singularly earthy, funny, and romantic charm. It also somehow manages to both undercut and feel authentic in its own wiseness at the same time.
"The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness."
Although there are few things in life I love more than sitting in a stadium at the height of Summer, eating a footlong hotdog, drinking an overpriced beer, and taking in a rousing 9 innings of America's Game, I've never been the type of sports fan who ascribes any quasi-mystical attributes to the game of baseball.
Nor have I ever succumbed to the wiles of a batshit insane female, at least not after I discovered the extent of her batshittery.
And finally, I'd usually rather be tortured with red-hot pliers than watch a movie starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.
Yet somehow, all of these elements come together in Bull Durham and work splendidly. Go figure.
Strikeouts are fascist.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
From the NYT website:
This list is drawn from the second edition of The New York Times Guide to the…