Bull Durham (1988) / Comedy-Romance
MPAA Rated: R for sexual content, some nudity and language
Running Time: 108 min.
Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl
Director: Ron Shelton
Screenplay: Ron Shelton
Review published January 31, 1997
An aging minor league catcher named Crash Davis (Costner, No Way Out) sent to Class A ball to keep a hot new pitching prospect's head on straight. They both also become involved with Durham Bulls groupie #1, Annie Savoy (Sarandon, The Witches of Eastwick).
It's a simple story but funny and charming still. Ron Shelton (Dark Blue, Hollywood Homicide) wrote and directed this film, and while dealing strictly with the minor leagues, it's still one of the best baseball films of recent years.
The cast is terrific, the feel is authentic, and the mix of comedy and drama is perfection. Highly recommended for baseball fans, and others will still find much to like.
©1997 Vince Leo