Bull Durham

7.01 h 47 min1988X-RayR
Veteran minor-league catcher Crash Davis is assigned to the Class A Durham Bulls to mentor the team's star rookie, wild pitcher "Nuke" LaLoosh but ends up in a comedic love triangle when team groupie Annie Savoy romances both players.
Kevin CostnerSusan SarandonTim Robbins
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Trey WilsonRobert WuhlJenny RobertsonMax PatkinDavid Neidorf
Thom MountMark Burg
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2344 global ratings

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Khristine JacksonReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Yes ... ... Crash/Costner ... is the Whisperer ... after all..
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This movie was a very popular movie at it's time .. There was something about all three co-star's that made them shine in this movie. Actor Kevin Costner ..such a handsome ..gentle but mysterious figure on film. In his high school years he did play baseball,. which is why he seemed like a natural in the film. First of all there really is a team called the "Durham Bulls".. and they are a minor league Triple-A East and the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays . Their home is in Durham,North Carolina. The movie scored in the box office with a 7 million dollar budget production wise.. returns were over 58 million dollars . In real life there was a real pro ball player named Crash Davis who played in the 1940's for the "Philadelphia Athletic's" from 1940-1942. He sadly passed aawy in 2001 at the age of 82 years old. It is considered the Greatest sports movie and number 3 by another publication. Susan Sarandon plays a a wise cracking groupie ..but one that is not sleazy. She asserts herself into each player's life like that of a mother, a lover and a coach .. At the time of this movie she began her romance with actor Tim Robbins who she had two sons with .. she is older than he . She was born in 1946 and he was born in 1958 .. they never legally married. They did split up in 2009 .. Not bad ... for a May -December romance. Tim Robbins is a wonderful actor and if you recall "The Shawshank Redemption" ..he really shined in that movie. Between him and Morgan Freeman .. they took us on a journey... that I can say that he so deserved his Oscar and Golden globes for a job well done in his career. I like the small town vibe of the movie .. the love scenes were done tastefully and the supporting cast made you feel at home. Sadly actor Trey Wilson who played the coach died suddenly in January 1989 at the age of 40 of a cerebral hemorrhage.... The director Ron Shelton was a former minor league baseball player .. he is married to actress Lolita Davidovich .. he resides in Southern California. As for baseball movies .. there are many out there, Some people like this one while other's may not? .. I still like the on screen chemistry between Kevin and Susan..
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F. ThysReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic. The greatest baseball movie.
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When it came out in 1988, I thought, and the world has thought since, that this is the greatest baseball movie. I hadn't seen it in all these years. At first, upon seeing it again, I thought that it didn't stand the test of time. There are corny lines and some corny acting. But the performances of Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon have lived up to test of time, and the depth of feeling of this movie makes it still the greatest baseball movie.
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BixReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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When I was a kid, there was a AA club that practised at Heman Park, —U. City MO. I was 10 or 11, —I dunno who the team was, but these guys were all grown-ups and the game suddenly seemed far more REAL than sitting in the Busch Stadium bleachers, trying to get Lou Brock to autograph a ball.
This was up close. Odors, images, sounds, language not suitable for a child, —I even shagged some fouls for them. This was NOT like little league. It was the real deal.
And Bull Durham is THE only baseball flick that makes me feel the way I did with that AA club over 50 summers ago. Real Baseball with all the trimmings.
To heck with The Show. Farm team baseball is more real.
One point; —NO players in this flick chew??!! —Not possible in real life. Chaw gives them tempo.
I threw like a girl and could not hit nor catch. I was a musician, —so TEMPO is something I can understand.

PS: best damn soundtrack use of the Domino's "60 Minute Man" ever created.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
1 of Kevin Costner & Susan Sarandon's best movies
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Every season Susan Sarandon picks one up and coming minor league baseball player to be with to shape him into a man and a better ball player. She picks Tim Robbins who is a hotshot pitcher but a bit of a dimwit. Competing for her attentions is the old vet whose on the verge of retiring Kevin Costner. The movie is one of the best for both Sarandon and Costner and that’s for good reason. Many times Costner comes off as stiff and emotionless. Here he’s loose and joking around. Costner for example does a voice over of his thoughts when he’s at bat which are very funny. Sarandon on the other hand is like a guru for Robbins telling him how to improve on his pitching through things like wearing garter belts. Robbins has his own musings whenever he pitches as well. It’s a very fun film with a different take on your usual sports story.
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RJReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's also just flat out funny. We bought it because we got tired of ...
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This movie improves with each viewing revealing a different level from near-slapstick comedy to growing up to coming of age to the realities of aging. It's also just flat out funny. We bought it because we got tired of tripping over it on cable, so we added it to our very select library of owned DVD's. Even it you are not a baseball fan, you will laugh and enjoy this offering.
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Madison T. EdwardsReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I've seen this movie more times than I can count, and it was just as good when I watched it again. Bull Durham never gets old! I fell in love with Kevin Costner after watching this movie. All of the characters are great and Susan Sarandon is one of my all time favorite actresses.

This is a movie to watch if you want comedy and a little bit of romance. Even if you're not a baseball fan, you can't go wrong with this movie.
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Goth Gone GreyReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well done, sensual sports movie
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I won't tell you what rock I've been living under, but this is the first time I watched this movie, though I had heard of it. I thought it was just a baseball movie, watched the trailer and saw an ad for a sexy tale with baseball as the secondary plot.

The actual movie flips it. Baseball, with a cocky new player, disgruntled older player, and grumpy coach. Add in superstitions, voodoo, and a mascot. Sex? Enter Susan Sarandon's character, a delightfully randy woman who picks one player a year to share her um, affections (and bed, and rope, and garters) with.

What I like? Camaraderie between players, a growing love story, but most of all that the leading lady is a highly sexual creature (of the night, oh!) and no negative judgment is made of it. Nicely done.
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Kevin CooperReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bull Durham and is it a soft porn or something else...
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I first saw Bull Durham in 1988 in the theater, I enjoyed it, being a huge baseball fan and wanna be a baseball player at that time in my life. I just watched Bull Durham for the 5th or 8th time, 1st in several years. I can't decide if it is a soft porn movie or a very "clever" movie.

I saw a few things to pick apart, some flaws, many parts of the movie, I applaud. Saw a lot of '80's clothing like polo shirts with one collar flipped up. I love the movie, now in a different way than I did 40 years ago.

It is a special movie, almost like a dream, however so real. It catches the emotions of each character; superbly and the casting was to perfection. When a movie can 36 years later instill new emotions to the viewer and allow the viewer to see it in a different way than when 1st seen; Well that to me is a sign of a great movie.

I give it a solid worth watching if you are looking for some time to kill. <y biggest question is regarding Crash Davis's Airmen jacket. He slid around in the mud when he created the "Rain-out". I doubt their is a place in Durham or where that red mud could be cleaned so thoroughly, as we saw later in the movie. Personally , I would have liked to seen a worn jacket with mud, and not a brand new clean jacket... That is me though.
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