On this week's episode of Goals on Film, Jason and Stuey discuss 1988 baseball romantic comedy-drama, Bull Durham.
Bull Durham tells the story of a veteran minor league catcher Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), who is assigned to the Class A Durham Bulls in an effort to help the team’s star rookie - a wild pitcher by the name of Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) -, mature as he enters his first season in the minor league and at the professional level.
As the 1987 season begins, team groupie Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) romances both players, with her and Nuke eventually getting into a relationship. Nuke also receives guidance from Crash, who settles Nuke’s erratic pitching and teaches him to follow the catcher’s lead. Once Nuke starts to listen to Crash, his own game, and that of the Bulls, improves so much that Nuke gets called up to The Show.
Goals on Film takes a look at the historical factors that are referenced and referred to within the film, including the creation of a movie prop that is still a part of the Durham Bulls and their stadium today, the effect the film had on the real-life team and minor league baseball, and the professional and semi-professional baseballers who had a part in making the film feel authentic with actors and real players alike.
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