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With: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl, William O'Leary, David Neidorf, Danny Gans, Tom Silardi, Lloyd T. Williams, Rick Marzan, George Buck, Jenny Robertson
Written by: Ron Shelton
Directed by: Ron Shelton
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 108
Date: 15/06/1988

Bull Durham (1988)

3 Stars (out of 4)

The Church of Baseball

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Ron Shelton's Bull Durham (1988), a witty tale about the minor leagues, might have been the greatest baseball movie ever made if not for the sluggish centerpiece performance by Kevin Costner. His bland, badly timed line readings just kill Shelton's otherwise sparkling dialogue. On the other hand, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins shine in their roles as a sexy baseball muse and a hotshot young pitcher. (They fell in love on this film and became an item.) MGM has released a simple DVD edition different from the 2002 "Special Edition." It lacks the photo galleries, featurettes and other bonuses, but still contains commentary tracks by Shelton, Costner and Robbins.

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