Time: 115 mins.
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Who'd have believed that baseball for many one of the most boring sports to watch could be funny or sexy. Lucky for us, BULL DURHAM is both, hitting a cinematic home run the first for a film about the national pastime. Though the film is mainly about the relationships between it's three main characters Annie, a lifelong baseball groupie; Crash Davis, a catcher on his last legs and Ebby Calvin "Nuke" Laloosh, a young pitcher just starting out it hits many of its comic high notes on the field.
The film opens at the beginning of the Triple A baseball season in a small North Carolina town. Crash, played by Costner, is forcibly "recruited" away from his old team to teach the new pitcher Nuke how to play the game with style and pitch like a major leaguer. He's none to happy because Nuke is a dim-bulb who thinks he already knows what it takes to get to "the show." Nuke learns quickly, through some embarrassing incidents on the field, that Crash is the boss. Both take instant notice of Annie, a local legend of sorts who takes players under her wing and teaches them a little something of her own.
She and Crash have an immediate attraction, but once she committs herself to Nuke he seems to need her help more she refuses his advances. Of course, that doesn't stop Crash from trying. The film follows the season, which has its good and bad moments the team plays well when Nuke listens to Crash and sucks when he doesn't. Crash does his best to impart his wisdom to Nuke about what to expect when he gets to the "Show" and Annie does the same, though her methods are a little on the unusual side. Both are working on the same job, though they take care not to step on each other's toes. The sexual tension between the three comes to a head when Nuke, on a winning streak, refuses to sleep with Annie until he loses, believing that channeling his sexual energy into his pitching is helping him win.