Bull Durham

1988, Movie, R, 108 mins

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Smutty, terrific fun. Featuring outstanding lead performances by Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins; a witty, literate script; and an insider's familiarity with life around minor league baseball--BULL DURHAM is both one of the best films ever made about the national pastime and a charming romantic comedy. As smart as she is sexy, Annie Savoy (Sarandon), the No. 1 fan of the Class A Durham Bulls, chooses one player a year for her student in the art of lovemaking as well as in metaphysics and literature. This summer two players vie for her attentions: Nuke Laloosh (Robbins), a bonus-baby pitcher "with a million-dollar arm and five-cent head" and Crash Davis (Costner), the power-hitting longtime minor-league catcher brought to the club to prepare Nuke for the big leagues. First-time director Ron Shelton (who spent five years in the Baltimore Orioles farm system) suffuses his film with carefully realized bush-league details and evokes laugh after rich laugh. Costner (a former high school shortstop) is wholly convincing as a pro ballplayer, delivering perhaps his best performance to date. Sarandon sizzles, and BULL DURHAM is an extremely sexy movie that uses bared souls rather than bared bodies to turn up the heat. The diamond action was shot at El Toro Field, home of the real Durham Bulls. Max Patkin, "the Clown Prince of Baseball," also appears. leave a comment

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