Bull Durham

Bull Durham

5.0 7
Director: Ron Shelton

Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins


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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,…  See more details below


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."

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
The National Pastime got quite a ribbing in this sexy, insouciant romp -- which still ranks among the best romantic comedies of the ‘80s. Bull Durham recounts the travails of North Carolina’s Durham Bulls, a bush-league baseball team hoping that recently signed pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) will lead the club to victory. Embittered veteran catcher"Crash" Davis (Kevin Costner, at that time a newly minted star) is assigned to work with the talented but undisciplined rookie. Susan Sarandon positively gleams in perhaps her most alluring characterization, that of a seductive groupie who bestows sexual favors on a different team member every year. (She’s picked Nuke as the current season’s lucky recipient, but she seems equally attracted to Crash.) Oscar-nominated writer-director Ron Shelton (Tin Cup) scripts this novel variation on the venerable "triangle" plot with great panache, and he also coaxes terrific performances from his exceptional cast. Smart, sassy, and saucy, Bull Durham wowed moviegoers in 1988 and continues to be a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The Special Edition DVD sports a recently shot making-of documentary, which includes new interviews with Costner, Sarandon, and Robbins. Shelton, Costner, and Robbins collaborate on the feature commentary, and there’s a "Sports Wrap" featurette as well.
All Movie Guide
In Bull Durham, baseball is a religion, at once sacred and profane, simple and complicated. This is not the baseball of retractable roofs and million-dollar contracts, but the dusty world of minor-league ball, one which proves to be a perfect backdrop for comic drama. The three leads are flawless: Tim Robbins displays his very capable comic side as the new kid with the "million-dollar arm and the five-cent head"; Susan Sarandon is delightful as the groupie with more on her mind than just sex; and Kevin Costner's easy-going charm is perfect for the role of the aging ballplayer. While the sexual chemistry between Costner and Sarandon is particularly strong (unique in a film with older leads) it was Sarandon and Robbins who began a real-life relationship following production. The film's one real fault -- and not an insignificant one -- is that for a movie about sports and sex, Bull Durham runs on a little too long toward the end. Writer/director Ron Shelton spent five years in the Orioles' farm system as an infielder, and his love for all things baseball permeates the film. Those expecting a rousing jock adventure may be disappointed: Bull Durham uses baseball to tell a story that's about people first and the sport second. It is an uncommonly adult portrait of three disparate people brought together by fate, and in this case, that fate happens to be called baseball.
Washington Post
Limber, funny and as in touch with the pleasures of the flesh as it is with the pleasures of the game, Bull Durham, the...baseball movie starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, eases up on you, lazy as a cloud, and carries you off in a mood of exquisite delight. To borrow W.P. Kinsella's phrase, it has the thrill of the grass. Hal Hinson

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Ron Shelton; Audio commentary from Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins; The Greatest Show on Dirt; Diamonds in the Rough; Between the Line - The Making of Bull Durham; Kevin Costner profile; Sports Wrap

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Crash Davis
Susan Sarandon Annie Savoy
Tim Robbins Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh
Trey Wilson Joe "Skip" Riggins
Robert Wuhl Larry Hockett
Jenny Robertson Millie
Max Patkin Himself
William O'Leary Jimmy
Sid Aikens Baseball Player
Craig Brown Baseball Player
Wes Currin Baseball Player
Butch Davis Baseball Player
Paul Devlin Baseball Player
Jeff Greene Baseball Player
Kelly Heath Baseball Player
Mo Johnson Baseball Player
Todd Kopeznski Baseball Player
John Lovingood Baseball Player
Eddie Matthews Baseball Player
Alan Paternoster Baseball Player
Bill Robinson Baseball Player
Tom Shultz Baseball Player
Bonnie Timmermann Actor
Sam Veraldi Baseball Player
El Chico Williams Baseball Player
David Neidorf Bobby
Danny Gans Deke
Tom Silardi Tony
Lloyd Williams Mickey
Rick Marzan Jose
George "Buck" Flower Nuke's Father
Greg Avelone Doc
Robert Dickman Whitey
Timothy Kirk Ed
Don S. Davis Scared Batter
Stephen Ware Abused Umpire
Tobi Eshelman Bat Boy
Henry Sanders Sandy
Antoinette Forsyth Ballpark Announcer
Shirley Anne Ritter Cocktail Waitress
Pete Bock Minister
Alan Mejia Chu Chu
Garland Bunting Teddy (Radio Announcer)
Dean Robinson Dino
C.K. Bibby Mayor

Technical Credits
Ron Shelton Director,Screenwriter
Dave Alvin Songwriter
Cynthia Barr Makeup
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Songwriter
Kris Boxell Set Decoration/Design
Danny Bramson Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Burg Producer
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
James B. Campbell Songwriter
Reg Connelly Songwriter
Michael Convertino Score Composer
Jimmy DeKnight Songwriter
Vance DeGeneres Songwriter
"Dr. John" C. Dumont Songwriter
Phil Everly Songwriter
John Fogerty Songwriter
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Max Friedman Songwriter
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Armin Ganz Production Designer
Robert Leighton Editor
David Lester Executive Producer
David Lubin Art Director,Production Designer
Rose Marks Songwriter
Pat McLaughlin Songwriter
Thom Mount Producer
Pat DiNizio Songwriter
Dr. John Songwriter
Gina Schock Songwriter
George Thorogood Songwriter
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Ike Turner Songwriter
M. Vaucaire Songwriter
Bennie Wallace Songwriter
William E. Ward Songwriter
Adam Weiss Editor
Harry Woods Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bull Durham
1. Main Title/Baseball [:10]
2. Professional Debut [:18]
3. Crash Course [3:50]
4. Lesson #1 [4:34]
5. Crash's Beliefs [:30]
6. Love Lesson [2:44]
7. "Think Classy" [5:00]
8. At Bat [:15]
9. Loyalty [3:39]
10. Meat's Heat [3:28]
11. Coaching [1:18]
12. The Show [:27]
13. Losing Streak [3:55]
14. Rain-Out [3:27]
15. Catch [1:03]
16. Annie's Garter [5:01]
17. Winning Streak [2:37]
18. Hand-Eye Coordination [:28]
19. Stay Out! [3:38]
20. Huddle at the Mound [1:56]
21. The Wrong Guy [2:46]
22. Last Lesson [1:20]
23. Fear and Arrogance [3:19]
24. Hell of a Year [3:43]
25. Going Home [3:41]
26. Baseball Calls [3:37]
27. To Be [:21]
28. End Credits [2:54]


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Crash Davis a catcher that has hit the most number of home runs in the minor leagues and has never made it to the Majors is trying to find a way to end his career with some dignity. He¿s been called back again to help a new young pitcher find a way in the big league. The only problem between the two is the chemistry. Both are trying to sleep with lady that calls herself the teams mascot, Annie. Throughout the film minor league baseball is shown as having a small town atmosphere where a young player can find himself. Nuke, the young pitcher that Crash has been called on to help just cant seem to spot his fastball and throw it for strikes. Crash goes through all kind of schemes like making Nuke wear womens underwear, telling him to breath through his eyelids. Of course there is a streak in the movie and Nuke has to give up something to keep it alive, but you will have to watch this great film for yourself to see that. If you want to see a great baseball comedy filled with drama, and a little piece of romance buy this film and you won¿t be disappointed.
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Bull Durham is a witty, sexy comedy about America's two favorite things, baseball and sex. This is definately one of those movies you watch so many times you know all the lines.
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