|BULL DURHAM (director/writer: Ron Shelton; cinematographer: Bobby Byrne; editors: Robert Leighton/Adam Weiss; music: Michael Convertino; cast: Kevin Costner (Crash Davis), Susan Sarandon (Annie Savoy), Trey Wilson (Skip), Tim Robbins (Nuke LaLoosh), Robert Wuhl (Larry), Danny Gans (Deke), William O'Leary (Jimmy), Jenny Robertson (Millie), David Neidorf (Bobby), Max Patkin (Himself); Runtime: 108; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Thom Mount/Mark Burg; Orion; 1988)|
|"Does an impressive job picking
up the mundane world of bush league baseball
by Dennis Schwartz
sassy romantic comedy about the Class A
'Durham Bulls' of North Carolina, a losing minor
league baseball team. Baseball is taken as
a metaphor for family. It is one of the better
baseball flicks, and would be much better without
its ego-centric star Kevin
Costner and, perhaps, with a more experienced
director than the fledgling writer and helmer Ron
Shelton ("Tin Cup"/"Cobb"/"White Men Can't
Jump"). Nevertheless Shelton provides
authenticity. He spent 5 years playing in
the minors for a Baltimore Orioles
start of the season gets off to a jolt for the Bulls
when the veteran catcher Kevin Costner, from another A
team in the organization, knocks out Tim Robbins, the
talented but dim-witted cocky bonus-baby pitcher he's
supposed to train for the big leagues. Adding to the
comical circumstances is community college English Lit
instructor and dedicated fan, Susan
Sarandon, informing both players she's
undecided which of them to take to bed for the season.
She's the kind of fan who every season chooses a
different player to bestow her favors on.
as I'm concerned, it does an impressive job picking up
the mundane world of bush league baseball in spirit
and providing laughs through its colorful characters.
It should please either the sports fans or those not
interested in sports.
REVIEWED ON 9/5/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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