Nominated for a 1988 Original Screenplay ACADEMY AWARD® and starring OSCAR® Winners Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins,* Bull Durham is a “funny, sexy, literate love story” (Newsweek) about America’s other favorite pastime. The baseball season gets off to a rocky start when the Durham Bull’s new catcher “Crash” Davis (Costner) punches out the cocky young pitcher, “Nuke” LaLoosh (Robbins), he’s just been hired to train. Matters get even more complicated when sexy Annie Savoy (Sarandon) informs both men that each season she chooses one player to share her bed — and Nuke and Crash are this year’s “draft picks!”
*Sarandon: 1995, Actress, Dead Man Walking. Costner: 1990, Best Picture (with Jim Wilson), Directing, Dances with Wolves. Robbins: 2003, Supporting Actor, Mystic River.
**Theatrical Feature Blu-ray
Cast & Crew
Shelton locates the tension and the humor between pitches, between ball games, between the sheets. It helps too that he has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and that his three stars do their very best screen work.
Costner is a natural as the dyed-in-the-wool ballplayer. His best lines are when he's philosophizing, like on being an All-American male who hates anything by Susan Sontag.
There's a lot of laughter and enjoyment on the way to the lockers.
Bull Durham is a film with spring fever, a giddy, playful look at life in baseball's minor leagues.
Bull Durham, the new baseball movie starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, eases up on you, lazy as a cloud, and carries you off in a mood of exquisite delight.
Writer/director Ron Shelton lobs juicy lines to players Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, and they all hit home.
Bull Durham is a treasure of a movie because it knows so much about baseball and so little about love.