Bull Durham is a fanciful and funny bush league sports story where the only foul ball is its overuse of locker-room dialog. Kevin Costner is the quintessential American male who loves romance, but loves baseball even more.
The Durham Bulls of North Carolina dream of getting called up to be ‘in the show’ as they endure another season of riding town to town on the team bus and suffering the dubious distinction of being one of the losingest clubs in Carolina league history.
Sent over from another ‘A’ farm team to instruct, insult and inspire the Bulls’ bullet-fast pitcher Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ Laloosh (Tim Robbins) is embittered veteran catcher Crash David (Kevin Costner). His job is to get the cocky kid’s arm on target by game time.
Costner is a natural as the dyed-in-the-wool ballplayer. His best lines are when he’s philosophizing, like on being an All-American male who hates anything by Susan Sontag.
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Susan Sarandon is never believable as a community college English lit teacher who, at the start of every season, latches on to the most promising rookie – in this case Robbins.
1988: Nomination: Best Original Screenplay