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Baseball pitcher Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner), star of the Detroit Tigers, is told that his team is due to be sold just prior to the final game of the season. At the same time, Billy's girlfriend Jane (Kelly Preston) announces that she is leaving him for a job in London. As Billy prepares for his last outing with the Tigers, he reminisces about his five year relationship with Jane; how they met, began dating and experienced various highs and lows through pressures of work and, in Billy's case, infidelity.

Starring:
Vin Scully, Jena Malone
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 12 minutes
Starring Vin Scully, Jena Malone, Brian Cox, Kevin Costner, J.K. Simmons, Steve Lyons, John C. Reilly, Kelly Preston
Director Sam Raimi
Genres Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 8 September 2003
Main languages English
Dubbing German
Subtitles Finnish, Norwegian, Greek, Swedish, Hebrew, German, Danish, Czech, Dutch, English, Polish

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Wilson on 8 Oct. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Ok, so Kevin Costner doesn't always make great movies but he always makes great BASEBALL movies ! "For Love Of The Game" will probably be the epitaph etched on Costner's headstone because he truly does love the game of Baseball ... and it shows.
This is the third film in Costner's Baseball "Trilogy" and, like it's predecessors "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams" it demonstrates the actor's knowledge of and feeling for the subject matter. He was by all accounts a more than useful player in his youth and this experience is put to good use as he stars as Billy Chapel, a veteran Pitcher with the Detroit Tigers, who is coming to the end of his big-league career. The film regularly flashes back through Chapel's on-off relationship with his long-term girlfriend {Kelly Preston} but the romantic scenes don't detract from the action sequences which see Billy taking the mound at Yankee Stadium for what may well be the final nine innings of an illustrious twenty-year career with his beloved Tigers. Near the end of the film, both Billy's career and relationship are on the line and the climax is exactly what you'd expect but no less dramatic for that. This film works on a number of levels - the romantic stuff isn't mushy or overplayed and the Baseball scenes are extremely realistic and cleverly filmed. Anyone who's ever seen a game at Yankee Stadium will immediately recognise the .. err .. unique atmosphere generated by the New York fans !
At the end of the day , if you're a Baseball Nut you'll love this film because no-one does it better than Kevin and even if you've no interest in the game, there's enough of a sub-plot to hold your attention.
I loved it, Jonathan Ross {apparently} loved it and so will you !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2001
Format: DVD
This film is NOT about baseball, you could transplant it with any professional sport. Baseball works because it has plenty of time within the game that allow's Costners character to reflect on the passing of his professional career and how he has got to this point.
The Flashbacks are done superbly, they start off rose-tinted but as the film progresses reality enters, showing what little regard he had for anyone around him, and he has to question "Was it worth it?"
Sam Raimi has crafted a great film about the selfishness of professional sportsmen. The only problem was part of the Romantic thread of the story, it worked for the most part, but part of it just didnt ring true especially at the end. If you watch it you'll see what I mean, I kept expecting her to say "you had me at Hello". This looked like a nice tidy add-on forced by the studio, who seem to think that the guy should always get the girl.
Sam Raimi has shown with this and A simple plan, that he is an accomplished filmmaker, who isnt afraid to take time to build the characters, so we actually care what happens to them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Johnston on 19 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
I love baseball, I love Costner sports movies and I love the Detroit Tigers.

Guess what? I loved this film. Sure there are bits and pieces to quibble about (hence 4 stars rather than 5) but it's a good story that has been given a good treatment. It clearly shows the not so lovable side of sportsmen alongside all the great stuff, which I think is what makes it so compelling.

I will be watching this film and enjoying it for many years.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "itsmememe1" on 7 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
for love of the game is a true lovestory

billy chapel a famous baseball player falls in love with jayne who also falls in love with him but jayne comes second in billys life baseball comes first
it is mainly flashbacks of how they met and how billy treated jayne the end is perfect and just how i hoped
a perfect film of romance if you however wanted to see the baseball i would not watch this if i were you only brief bits are shown
a perfect performance from the cast espescially kevin costner (billy chapel)
i have bought this film a year ago and are still watchin it now buy it and you will know why
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2001
Format: DVD
An easy watching light hearted romance that everybody should be able to relate to. Kevins performance was to his normal standard of shear brilliance. If you can keep up with Here and Now flash back story then you should have no problem with is, It uplifting and makes us all look at the decisions we make in life and the loved ones that occaisionally get forgotten and taken for granteed when we become obsessed with our own success.
Definately a must if you have not yet seen
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jazzy on 29 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I didn`t know what to expect from this film,as i hadn`t heard about it.I was looking for a baseball film to put on my tablet for a trip away.Having watched it,i was not dissapointed,a very good film,and not just for baseball fans.My daughter came down with tears having watched it,and thats not happened a lot.Very enjoyable
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I must confess to liking Kevin Costner films in general, I know he has made a few `real dogs', but most stars have managed to do it at one time or another!

This film, the last in his baseball trilogy, centres on the last game of the season for an ageing pitcher (Billy Mitchell) after a distinguished career and tells the story of the game, interspersed with flashback scenes to his on-off relationship with Jane (played by Kelly Preston) and also to earlier parts of his career. Costner is not afraid to show the self- absorbed side of professional sports players, with almost everything coming second to their career.

The film takes its' time to develop the story properly and makes for an enjoyable evenings entertainment, even if it gets a bit trite at times. Costner's love affair with baseball shines through and seems to elicit some of his best performances.

So, if you love sports movies with a bit of romance thrown in, then you should enjoy this one! I found myself enjoying the actual game scenes even more than those in his earlier film `Bull Durham', as they were so well filmed. My wife and I watched this for the third time the other night and found it to be as enjoyable as the first time.
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