The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 25):
56. “Bull Durham” (1988)
A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.
Kevin Costner—Crash Davis
Susan Sarandon—Annie Savoy
Tim Robbins—Eddy Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh
Facts about the this movie:
*Gross: $ 50,888,729 (USA)
*Kay Lenz was originally offered the female lead role but turned it down.
*Was filmed in North Carolina in October and November.
*When ‘Nuke’ give up the home that hit bull. In the old Durham Athletic Park, that home run would have been foul.
*Crash was a switch a hitter. He show it hitting left and right handed at different points in the film.
*When the bat boy said “Get a hit, Crash”. Kevin Costner ad-libbed the response “Shut up”. Since the kid did not know this response was coming, he started crying.
*The “rainout” scene was based on an actual event. In the late 1960’s a minor-league ball in the Texas League. Sheton’s team was in Amarillo Texas for a season--ending series. The night before the final game, Shelton, some teammates and some Amarillo players were out partying and decided to go to the stadium and turned on the sprinkler system, thereby flooding the field and ensuring a “rainout”. However, the Amarillo team owner rented out a helicopter, dried the field, and the game was played.
*Kurt Russell helped Ron Shelton develop the script and was originally penciled in to play Crash. After the film was made, Russell was so impressed , he actually wrote a fan letter to Costner and Shelton.
* Ron Shelton was a former minor league baseball player and used his experience as the basis for the story.
* Kurt Russell played minor league baseball in the early 1970’s
*The Photo shown at the of the movie is shrine of great Thurman Munson who died in a plane crash.
* Eddy Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh is based a teammate of Ron Shelton. Is actually name is Steve Dalowski. Steve Dalowski is regarded as the fastest throwing pitcher ever, but unlike the character, Dalowski never made it to the MLB.
*Costner name from the film came from a real person. When asking if they could use the name for the film, the real Crash Davis asks if he get the girl in the end. He does. So they were able to use his name.
*Harrison Ford was consider for the role of Crash.
*Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis were considered to play the pat of Annie and Crash, but could not due to the TV series ‘Moonlighting’.
*Glenn Close auditioned for the role of Annie.
*Both Jeff Bridges and Don Johnson turned down the role of crash.
*Tom Berenger was considered for Crash. He later starred in”Major League” as a catch at the end of his career.
Why I Picked this movie #56:
1.Second best Baseball movie from the 1980’s.
2. Great story
3. Great script
4. Show real life in the minor-league baseball and does it without being hokie
5. Funny as hell
6. Has some of the most memorable quotes in film history.
7. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
8. Great acting.
9. Great cast.
10. In the top ten of best sports movie ever made.
First time seeing it:
Saw it VHS in the early 90’s.