After 19 years of playing the game he's loved his whole life, Detroit Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel has to decide if he's going to risk everything and put everything out there.

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Sam Raimi

Writers:

Michael Shaara (novel), Dana Stevens (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Billy Chapel
Kelly Preston ... Jane Aubrey
John C. Reilly ... Gus Sinski
Jena Malone ... Heather Aubrey
Brian Cox ... Gary Wheeler
Addie Daddio Addie Daddio ... Waitress
J.K. Simmons ... Frank Perry (as JK Simmons)
Vin Scully ... Self
Steve Lyons ... Self
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Ken Strout (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
Bill E. Rogers Bill E. Rogers ... Davis Birch (as Bill Rogers)
Hugh Ross Hugh Ross ... Mike Udall
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Tow Truck Driver
Arnetia Walker ... Airport Bartender
Larry Joshua ... Yankee Fan in Bar
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Storyline

A Detroit pitcher Billy Chapel, reflects on his life in major league baseball, after he finds out his girlfriend moves to London for a job. Thus forcing the ball player to analyze his life and how his career as a player, and his life without her will change, thus altering his priorities between his career winding to a close, choosing what his path will be, the love of baseball or the love of his life? Written by Jared Johnson

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Billy Chapel must choose between the woman he loves and the game he lives for.

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Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the montage sequence where Chapel is setting down the Yankees with pitch after pitch on the corners, "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones is played. Since the edges of home plate are black rubber a skilled pitcher is said to be "painting the black". See more »

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Baseball has a rule saying that any player who has been in the MLB for 10 or more years, and has played the last 5 or more consecutively with the same team has a full no-trade clause. Having played the last 19 for the Tigers, so they could not have traded Kevin Costner's character without his permission to do so. See more »

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Jane Aubrey: What if my face was all scraped off and I was totally disfigured and had no arms and legs and I was completely paralyzed. Would you still love me?
Billy Chapel: No. But we could still be friends.
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A full frontal nude shot of Kevin Costner had to be cut at Universal's request to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Baseball Movie Scenes (2015) See more »

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High Hopes
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Published by Maraville Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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Few movies leave me breathless. Fewer still leave me speechless.
11 March 2001 | by Angelab41See all my reviews

This was one of those rare events where you find yourself clicking through channels and luck upon the beginning of a movie so engrossing that the world completely stops until the credits roll. This is Costner's greatest performance, with a depth of emotion that we've never seen before.

This is much more than a baseball film. It's a love story about love and baseball, and life and facing the future when you finally "grow up." It's about the choices behind us and the chances ahead.


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Official Sites:

Universal Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Love of the Game See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,041,685, 19 September 1999

Gross USA:

$35,188,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,112,640
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2.35 : 1
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