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For Love of the Game (1999)

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After 19 years of playing the game he's loved his whole life, Billy Chapel has to decide if he's going to risk everything and put everything out there.

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Sam Raimi

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Michael Shaara (novel), Dana Stevens (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Billy Chapel
Kelly Preston ... Jane Aubrey
John C. Reilly ... Gus Sinski
Jena Malone ... Heather Aubrey
Brian Cox ... Gary Wheeler
Addie Daddio Addie Daddio ... Waitress
J.K. Simmons ... Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
Vin Scully ... Himself
Steve Lyons ... Himself
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
Bill E. Rogers Bill E. Rogers ... Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)
Hugh Ross Hugh Ross ... Mike Udall
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Tow Truck Driver
Arnetia Walker ... Airport Bartender
Larry Joshua ... Yankee Fan in Bar
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Storyline

A Detroit pitcher Billy Chapel, reflects on his life in major league baseball, after he finds out his girlfriend moves to London for a job. Thus forcing the ball player to analyze his life and how his career as a player, and his life without her will change, thus altering his priorities between his career winding to a close, choosing what his path will be, the love of baseball or the love of his life? Written by Jared Johnson

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Billy Chapel must choose between the woman he loves and the game he lives for.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Love of the Game See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,041,685, 19 September 1999

Gross USA:

$35,188,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,112,640
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Tuttle, the best hitter on the team, wears #13 and plays 3rd base. Alex Rodriguez also wears the same number and played the same position. Furthermore, Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers and Michael Papajohn, the actor playing Tuttle, was drafted by the Rangers. See more »

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When Gus Sinsky is at bat and gets his double, one shot shows the sun in front of him. With the orientation of Yankee Stadium, the only time the sun could be in that position is in the morning, but the game time is late afternoon/evening. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Billy Chapel: I can always tell when I'm in New York.
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Alternate Versions

A full frontal nude shot of Kevin Costner had to be cut at Universal's request to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »

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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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High Hopes
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
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9 on a scale of 10
16 August 2000 | by len-21See all my reviews

I would have to say that I have seen very few movies better than For Love of the Game. My favorite genre is Romantic Comedy. This wasn't a comedy, but it was feel good. It was light drama and it was extremely well done.

Costner portrayed an aging baseball player with a romantic attachment to the game that reminded me of Robert Redford in The Natural - another movie I rated a 9. The symbolism of the movie was the notion of ending a romance for the game and transferring that romance to a woman. For him, at least, there was room for only one at a time. And, fortunately for her, his career was at the very end. Fortunately for us, we got to see his last game interspersed with flashbacks.

The movie was brilliantly done with respect to the actual game of baseball. I cannot recall having seen a sports movie that did such an excellent job of maintaining accuracy about the game. I honestly could have believed I was watching an actual game. The plays were realistic. The situations realistic. And, Vin Scully was sensational doing the play by play.

I've only rated a few movies as 10's in my life. One of them was Field of Dreams - another Costner vehicle. This movie wasn't far behind FOD. In fact, it was nearly as magical and it was a lot more romantic. Why the reviewers of IMDB only give it a 6.7 is beyond me.


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