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Bull Durham (1988)

Episode #7

Orion Pictures released Bull Durham to theaters on June 15, 1988. Ron Shelton directed the film starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.

‘Bull Durham’ Criterion Summary

Former minor leaguer Ron Shelton hit a grand slam with his directorial debut, one of the most revered sports movies of all time. Durham Bulls devotee Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon)—who every year takes a new player under her wing (and into her bed)—has singled out the loose-cannon pitching prospect Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), a big-league talent with a rock-bottom maturity level. But she’s unable to shake Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), the veteran catcher brought in to give Nuke some on-the-field seasoning. A breakthrough film for all three of its stars and an Oscar nominee for Shelton’s highly quotable screenplay, Bull Durham is a freewheeling hymn to wisdom, experience, and America’s pastime, tipping its cap to all those who grind it out for love of the game.

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Orion Pictures released Bull Durham on June 15, 1988. Ron Shelton directed the film starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.

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