Director: Ron Shelton Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson
The National Pastime got quite a ribbing in this sexy, insouciant romp -- which still ranks among the best romantic comedies of the ‘80s. Bull Durham recounts the travails of North Carolina’s Durham Bulls, a bush-league baseball team hoping that recently signed pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) will lead the club to victory. Embittered veteran catcher "Crash" Davis (Kevin Costner, at that time a newly minted star) is assigned to work with the talented but undisciplined rookie. Susan Sarandon positively gleams in perhaps her most alluring characterization, that of a seductive groupie who bestows sexual favors on a different team member every year. (She’s picked Nuke as the current season’s lucky recipient, but she seems equally attracted to Crash.) Oscar-nominated writer-director Ron Shelton (Tin Cup) scripts this novel variation on the venerable "triangle" plot with great panache, and he also coaxes terrific performances from his exceptional cast. Smart, sassy, and saucy, Bull Durham wowed moviegoers in 1988 and continues to be a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The Special Edition DVD sports a recently shot making-of documentary, which includes new interviews with Costner, Sarandon, and Robbins. Shelton, Costner, and Robbins collaborate on the feature commentary.