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Bull Durham (1988)



Critic Consensus: Kevin Costner is at his funniest and most charismatic in Bull Durham, a film that's as wise about relationships as it is about minor league baseball.

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A blend of comedy, drama and romance, Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great American pastime. Crash Davis (Kevin Costner, showcasing his Midwestern charm) is a perennial Minor Leaguer assigned to the Durham Bulls, a hapless team with a long tradition of mediocrity. There he tutors a young, dim-witted pitching prodigy, Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) in the ways of baseball, life, and love. Each strikes up a romance with Annie (Susan Sarandon), the team's "mascot" who takes it upon herself to sleep with a new player every season. Each has his/her own conflict: Crash struggles to end his career with some measure of dignity; Nuke struggles to make it to the "big show"; and Annie struggles to find something more than a roll in the hay -- and of course, Crash and Nuke come into conflict over Annie's affections to further complicate matters. The film treats the sport of baseball with a sort of casual reverence, highlighting both the drama and the humor inherent in the game, illustrated by Annie's numerous references to baseball as "her religion."

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Kevin Costner
as Crash Davis
Susan Sarandon
as Annie Savoy
Tim Robbins
as Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh
Trey Wilson
as Joe 'Skip' Riggins
Robert Wuhl
as Larry Hockett
Sid Aikens
as Baseball Player
Craig Brown
as Baseball Player
Butch Davis
as Baseball Player
Max Patkin
as Himself
Don S. Davis
as Scared Batter
Stephen Ware
as Abused Umpire
Antoinette Forsyth
as Ballpark Announcer
Shirley Anne Ritter
as Cocktail Waitress
Alan Mejia
as Chu Chu
El Chico Williams
as Baseball Player
George 'Buck' Flower
as Nuke's Father
Pete Bock
as Minister
Wes Currin
as Core Baseball Player
Garland Bunting
as Teddy (Radio Announcer)
Paul Devlin
as Core Baseball Player
Jeff Greene
as Core Baseball Player
Kelly Heath
as Core Baseball Player
Mo Johnson
as Core Baseball Player
Todd Kopeznski
as Core Baseball Player
John Lovingood
as Core Baseball Player
Eddie Matthews
as Core Baseball Player
Alan Paternoster
as Core Baseball Player
Bill Robinson
as Core Baseball Player
Dean Robinson
as Core Baseball Player
Tom Shultz
as Core Baseball Player
Sam Veraldi
as Core Baseball Player
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Critic Reviews for Bull Durham

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (16)

Screwball Annie and hardball Crash aren't playing the same game, which is Shelton's conceit as well as a possible screen-writing miscalculation.

March 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed the film, displays a knowledge of and affection for the national pastime. You can see it in the knowing detail he brings to even the minor characters.

March 20, 2013

[Shelton is] uncanny at putting us inside his players' heads when they're on the mound or up at bat, running their private litanies of encouragement and subversion to psych themselves up.

March 11, 2013 | Full Review…

Rather than a vapid national epic, it is a warm, droll, deftly cracked romantic comedy.

March 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

The acting in Bull Durham cannot be faulted and should be remembered at Oscar time. Sarandon has one of the juiciest female roles in years and she makes you think no one could play it better.

March 11, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Classic performances, witty and insightful script, this is about so much more than baseball and will no doubt prove to be a quiet classic.

March 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Bull Durham

The grooming relationship between the classy, seasoned catcher, Crash, and the callow, rookie pitcher, Nuke, is funnier, more exciting, and more heartwarming than Annie's pseudo-intellectual, baseball is religion, poetry is foreplay, seduction wiles.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Bull Durham is a genius sports film and one of the greatest sports films ever made. Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon play three genius performances. The plot is great, I was never bored and it had so many different stories. I loved this movie.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


A sexy romp in the baseball field, refreshing and crisp. It did stagnate a bit but the three leads are pretty darn incredible.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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