rjackso3, you seem offended by this film. Relax, it's just a movie.
"Why don't one of you describe to me WHY this film is good and worthy of merit and laud?"
I'll give it a shot...
Bull Durham is by far the most authentic portrayal of any sport in the history of motion pictures. If you have ever played baseball, you will truly appreciate all of the subtleties and references in this film.
Kevin Costner gives one of his best performances as veteran catcher and philosoper, Crash Davis. He is the tragic hero of the film, a man who loves the game more than it will ever love him. He deserves so much better, and you can't help but feel for him when he finally hits his record breaking homerun in front of a half-empty crowd, none of whom know the significance of his achievement.
There are priceless scenes, such as when Nuke tells Crash that he is going to the Majors, and he sees an aging ballplayer whose glory days are behind him, wasting away in a pool hall. Crash's speech that follows about the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is one of the smartest and most sincere speeches you will ever see in a film. Also, it is one of the most quoted sports films, and you are sure to hear several lines whenever you attend a baseball game.
Bull Durham separates itself from every other sports movie because it does not rely on the game-winning homerun, or the last-second touchdown. The themes are more important and lasting than that. There are some hilarious scenes, but there are also some truly heartfelt scenes that will leave a lasting impression on the viewer.
you make good points jawzet,
The last time I played baseball was in 1997, I always played lacrosse in the springs of my youth... I admit I am biased and do not look at this movie through the eyes of an avid ball player (I have been going to Orioles games, twice a month during the season since 1995 though)
I wouldn't go as far as saying Crash's speech describing the difference between .250 and .300 is one of the most sincere speeches one will hear in film, but it is quite relevant to the subject matter and is one of the more poignant sequences of the movie. In retrospect that speech stands alone in the film, and is quite relevant in many aspects of life beyond fictional baseball.
I still take issue with Susan Serandon's plot line as well as much of what I would consider the pointless scenes in the film (the flooded baseball diamond scene etc)...
you make convincing points. This film is not for me, but obviously it resonates with many folks out there and I respect that...
I will reiterate my love for Raging Bull... but recognize the place in film history (and people's hearts) for this picture...
Bravo, jawzet, good post, and the seriousness is appreciated.
Non the less much of this movie seems 'silly' to me...
I lived in Greensboro for a long time and saw a few Hornets games.
I am a hater but, it was all in fun
actually, if you read the 'trivia' section for this film, you'll see that the flooded diamond thing was a reference to something that Ron Shelton (the director) attempted when he was in the minors.
i'm not a huge baseball fan, but i love this film. it may not be realistic, it may be a little silly, but i don't knwo that i personally need a film to be serious from opening to closing credits to be good.
jawzet's comment that costner's character loves the game more than it will ever love him was nicely put...
"you don't get any medals for trying - you're supposed to do that"
... Crash Davis. He is the tragic hero of the film, a man who loves the game more than it will ever love him.
I like that too. In a comment about another sports movie (Les Chiefs (2004)),millwallkieron wrote:
In a way, it's a sad story of dreams that refuse to come true.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410214/usercomments
That is apt here, though representing a slightly different in outlook.