|FOR LOVE OF THE GAME (director: Sam Raimi; screenwriters: Dana Stevens/from the novel by Michael Shaara; cinematographer: John Bailey; editors: Eric L. Beason/Arthur Coburn; music: Basil Poledouris; cast: Kevin Costner (Billy Chapel), Kelly Preston (Jane Aubrey), John C. Reilly(Gus Sinski), Brian Cox (Gary Wheele), Jena Malone (Heather), Steve Lyons (Himself), J.K. Simmons (Frank Perry), Vin Scully (Himself), Carmine D. Giovinazzo (Ken Strout), Davis Birch (Bill Rogers), Mike Udall (Hugh Ross); Runtime: 137; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Amy Robinson;Universal 1999)|
|"Every scene away from the
ballpark is in foul territory."
by Dennis Schwartz
cornball tearjerker baseball story that at least has
good baseball footage at Yankee Stadium to go along
with its dull story. It's based on a novel by Civil
War scholar Michael Shaara, and is
sentimentally written by Dana Stevens. Director Sam
Raimi ("The Gift"/"A Simple Plan")
doesn't have his best stuff and therefore can't
enhance the dramatics. Its been reported that the
egotistical actor Kevin Costner got the studio to
re-edit Raimi's film to give himself more screen-time.
ace pitcher of the Detroit Tigers, Billy Chapel (Kevin
Costner), on the staff for the last twenty years, is
pitching in the late innings a no-hitter at Yankee
Stadium, on the last day of the season in a
meaningless game. This gives him a chance to pause and
review his life via flashback, as he muses about the
magazine fashion writer he loves, Jane Aubrey (Kelly
Preston), and wonders if she will reject him or if
they will live together with her teenage
daughter Heather (Jena Malone), whom she had at
sixteen. We get his reaction to learning that the Tigers
have been sold to a corporation who plan to trade him.
And, we are left wondering if the narcissist has cared
for anything in his life but baseball.
me, I was bored by the privileged jock's whining, and
couldn't wait for this phony and overlong melodramatic
sports movie to end. Every scene away from the
ballpark is in foul territory. But when the great
Dodger sportscaster Vin Scully is on camera, I perked
REVIEWED ON 4/10/2017 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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