Monday Comedy Madness: Bull Durham (1988)

MGM – Monday 2 June, 8.30pm

A romantic comedy, set in the dirt and grit of minor league baseball. Susan Sarandan, brilliant as always, stars as Annie, a groupie for the Carolina Durham Bulls. Each season Annie chooses one Bulls player to school. This year she must choose between two players that have caught her eye, the pitcher and the catcher. The two ball players bait each other on and off the field, compete for the woman’s affections, and eventually, send the Bulls on a winning streak. Written and directed by Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup), who was formerly a minor league player in the Carolina League. Nominated for an Oscar (Best Original Screenplay) and two Golden Globes (Best Actress: Susan Sarandon, Original Song). Real-life couple Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins met and started dating while making this movie. In the 1980s, baseball movies were not considered a viable commercial prospect and every studio in Hollywood passed on the project, except for Orion Pictures, who gave Shelton a US$9 million budget and an eight-week shooting schedule, and total creative freedom. The film turned out to be a huge success – a winner at the box office as well as with the critics. Bull Durham is widely considered one of the greatest sport movies of all time, is on Bravo’s list of 100 Funniest Movies and is listed on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Laughs.
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl, William O’Leary, Jenny Robertson.
“Writer/director Ron Shelton lobs juicy lines to players Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, and they all hit home.” Desson Thomson, Washington Post.

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