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Although it is no Bull Durham, For Love of the Game finds a solid and very believable role for Costner. The film is based on Michael Shaara's (The Killer Angels) stream-of-consciousness novel (the rough manuscript was found after his death 1988). The entire film takes place on Billy's day on the mound against the Yankees, a meaningless late-season game for the Tigers, but everything for Billy. In flashbacks, he lingers over his long relationship with Jane and his baseball career (from World Series heroism to a career-threatening injury). His one viable link to the game at hand is his catcher, played winningly by John C. Reilly. Costner, like Chapel, is looking for one more great performance, but the film is too simplistic and loopy at times to resonate. The love story has an extra helping of cuteness, and legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully nearly takes on a leading role, waxing grandiloquent. It's no grand slam, but a solid double. --Doug Thomas
I really enjoyed this movie and think lots of other people will too.
I have seen this movie on tv several times and loved it..so I decided to purchase it and can watch it whenever I want to.
A great story about baseball, the love of the game how it comes between, and then brings back the man and woman.
One of my most favorite movies. I'd still have the DVD if my daughter didn't steal it from me.Published 8 days ago by Striker
Great acting and fun. Interesting human issues that occur in all walks of life.Published 13 days ago by Lee Kesterson