Bull Durham

1988

Action / Comedy / Romance / Sport

74
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 40605

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Cast

Kevin Costner as Crash Davis
Susan Sarandon as Annie Savoy
Tim Robbins as Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh
Robert Wuhl as Larry
720p.BLU
808.12 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 48 min
P/S 2 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ana 8 / 10

Very charming movie

I love how this movie could have gone down the wrong path on so many occasions, yet somehow still managed to pleasantly surprise its viewers by its overwhelming charm and whit. Susan Sarandon wonderfully portrays Annie, a baseball fan who picks a minor league player to sleep with every season, something that sounds, and should be considered trashy and inappropriate. But somehow Susan turns her into this exotic, free-spirited, classy woman who just wants to help the players grow and mold them into big league material because she. Just. Loves. Baseball.

Which brings us to the love triangle. It is common knowledge that in every love triangle someone ends up getting hurt, the woman chooses the man we were all rooting for and the other candidate falls out of the race without anyone batting an eyelid, if not even cheering for his loss. Yet in Bull Durham we see that both Annie and (the man we root for) Crash actually educate the boy who is willing to compete with Crash for Annie's heart. How wonderful is the idea that the person who loses in the race picks up some wisdom from the other two? If all heartbreaks were that productive no one would even mind getting one. And when the boy is not an option anymore we have this rational, disciplined, morally strong man who falls for a woman almost completely opposite to him, but somehow we still see how they fit, and somehow we know he was her first choice, and somehow we feel their chemistry.

I will not comment on the baseball side of the movie because I, admittedly, would have no idea what I'm talking about. I have however read some reviews myself before writing this one, and most of them say the accuracy is impressive.

Reviewed by powermandan 8 / 10

A Sweet Sports Flick!

I personally don't like sports. They're too superficial to get wrapped up in. And baseball is perhaps the most boring sport to watch. Other boring sports include tennis, curling, and NASCAR. But baseball is bigger, the most boring of the popular sports. Regardless of if you like baseball or not, Bull Durham doesn't care if you're a fan or not. It wants you to be entertained and just have an all- around good time.

Bull Durham is a three-character driven film about life, love, and baseball. Susan Sarandon gives her first great performance as Annie Savoy. I forget her official position with the team, but she is picks one member of the Durham Bulls to seduce to make a better player. She's a groupie, but we never really know her sexual motives. Is she a sex addict? Is she a libertine? Is she trying to fill a void. I think her character could have used a clearer explanation of her sexual ambition.

Kevin Costner plays Crash. He's spent twelve years in the minors and can't never catch a break. He gets drafted to the Bulls and hopes he can make it to the MLB from there. But he may not be as good as he thinks he is.

Caught between Annie and Crash is Tim Robbins, who plays Nuke. Nuke is a talented and immature pitcher who stands a chance of making it big. The main reason Crash got drafted was to train Nuke into honing his craft. And he happens to be the player Annie chooses to be with.

The love triangle is pretty cool as both men are attracted to Annie, Annie wants both of them, but it is unclear who could benefit from her more. As the movie unfolds, this becomes more clear. The scenes where Annie gets with Crash and Nuke is fun. The friendship and training with Crash and Nuke is hilarious. I like the way the love story was presented and the importance of each corner, but it seemed like the way that each was connected got too loose with one another as it progressed.

Despite the movie being centred on three people, we do get a good look at the other members of the team and their rituals. Some use prayer beads, some use sex, it all depends which one works. Whichever works, stick with it.

A major strength with Bull Durham is that is places the viewer into the escapades of the players. They go to the bars, have some beers, argue with officials, etc. When the lights go down, the viewer becomes a die-hard fan like the ones in the bleachers. The verier also feels the pressures of the players. But first and foremost, the movie is hilarious. The love story isn't sappy and there isn't a psychological bridge that gets drawn with the players. Comedy is used to fill up and push the movie.

There is too much not to like.

3.5/4

Reviewed by Uriah43 7 / 10

A Film About Sex, Life and Baseball--But Not Necessarily in That Order

"Ebby Calvin LaLoosh" (Tim Robbins) is a promising young baseball pitcher for the Durham Bulls of the Carolina League who has an awesome fastball but suffers from a severe lack of control. As a result a veteran catcher named "Crash Davis" (Kevin Costner) is sent down to the Carolina League to somehow develop him into a first-class, major league pitcher. Along with that the Bull's biggest fan, "Annie Savoy" (Susan Sarandon) takes Ebbie into her home to teach him about sex, life and baseball--but not necessarily in that order. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a pretty good comedy which benefited from the baseball background to a large extent. I especially liked the performance of Susan Sarandon who was both funny and sexy at the same time. Likewise, both Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins also performed rather well. In short, I thought that this was a pretty good movie and I have rated it accordingly. Above average.

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