Bull Durham 1988 ****

Writer/directror Ron Shelton’s success was something of a 1990’s phenomenon, and his collaborations with Kevin Costner (Bull Durham, Tin Cup) demonstrated his gift for making thoughtful sport movies. Susan Sarandon plays Annie, a baseball groupie caught between her affections for rising star Nuke Laloosh (Tim Robbins) and older hand Crash Davis (Costner). Winning is always the goal in sports pictures, but Bull Durham takes plenty of care with the action outside of the baseball diamond, with the rivalry between the two men never over-shadowing Annie’s feelings for them. Costner, Sarandon and Robbins all exude character, with Costner returning to the diamond successfully with Field of Dreams and For The Love of the Game.


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