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Plot, Details & Awards

Bull Durham

R In Theaters 06/15/1988 , 107min.
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Plot & Details

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."

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Ron Shelton Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Susan Sarandon Nominated
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Joe Cocker Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Ron Shelton Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 New York Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay Ron Shelton Won

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