For Love of the Game

For Love of the Game

Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly

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Though certainly not in the same class as Kevin Costner's other baseball movies, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game is, if nothing else, a brave attempt to portray the sport with some degree of realism. Universal's DVD edition, though far from perfect, does the film many favors, offering good audio-visual quality and plenty of special features. Although not as visually arresting as the Evil Dead films that made director Sam Raimi's name, For Love of the Game still illustrates his expertise with detail and movement, and the anamorphic widescreen picture looks particularly good during the game sequences. The sound is even better, with DTS and Dolby 5.1 tracks available, each offering lush audio quality. The extra features are led by the familiar "Spotlight on Location" behind-the-scenes featurette, which is 20 minutes or so of everyone involved in the film saying how great it is. Far better are the deleted scenes, which also run to over 20 minutes, and contain some very interesting moments (not least a "groupie" strand omitted from the final version). Given that Costner had a very public dispute with Universal over the final cut of the film, it is a shame that more background information about the final edit is not provided (and a shame for Costner fanatics that the fabled nude shot is nowhere to be seen!). A commentary by Raimi might have been interesting for the same reason, as well as to provide a better understanding of why he chose to direct such a commercial film. The remaining special features include the original theatrical trailer, some good production notes, DVD-ROM features, and cast and filmmaker biographies. Two more novel features are "The Perfect Game" and "On The Mound." The former is a bit of baseball background with some statistics, the latter a trivia game that lasts about 30 seconds. For Love of the Game is not an obvious film upon which to lavish such care and attention, but Universal should be given credit for delivering what is undoubtedly an excellent DVD.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2000
UPC: 0025192068423
Original Release: 1999
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 2:18:00
Sales rank: 3,252

Special Features

Spotlight on location; Deleted scenes; The history of the perfect game; On the mound: a trivia game; Theatrical trailer; Special dvd-rom features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Billy Chapel
Kelly Preston Jane Aubrey
John C. Reilly Gus Osinski
Jena Malone Heather Aubrey
Brian Cox Gary Wheeler
J.K. Simmons Frank Perry
Vin Scully himself
Steve Lyons Himself
Carmine Giovinazzo Ken Strout
Bill E. Rogers Davis Birch
Hugh Ross Mike Udall

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
Marc Abraham Executive Producer
Steve Arnold Art Director
John Bailey Cinematographer
Eric L. Beason Editor
Armyan Bernstein Producer
Ron Bozman Executive Producer
Carolyn Cartwright Set Decoration/Design
Cinesite Special Effects
Arthur Coburn Editor
James C. Feng Art Director
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Lynn Kressel Casting
Gregg Landaker Sound/Sound Designer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Menzies Set Decoration/Design
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Amy Robinson Producer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Al di Sarro Special Effects Supervisor
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Wylie Stateman Sound Editor
Dana Stevens Screenwriter
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Sally Thorton Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [5:01]
2. Waiting for Jane [1:22]
3. Bad News [2:11]
4. The Title Game [5:01]
5. Five Years Later [2:39]
6. The Real Jane [4:05]
7. Ending Bloody [6:35]
8. Heather [5:02]
9. A Good Home [1:42]
10. Together [6:45]
11. The Accident [5:06]
12. Hurting [1:46]
13. Just Throw... [7:20]
14. Missing Jane [6:04]
15. Three More [:30]
16. The Last Pitch [4:37]
17. I Need You... [1:13]
18. End Titles [4:17]

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For Love of the Game 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and touching film Costner is just superb playing an inarticulate hero. Baseball has been Billy Chapel's whole life, since the age of 18 when he joined the Tigers. Now at the end of his playing career, he has the good luck to fall in love. Unfortunately, the object of his love, Kelly Preston, shows immaturities that are tough to deal with. She makes dates and simply fails to who up! But, she is beautiful, a single mother, and very needy. You have to wish them luck in sorting all of this out. Meanwhile, the perfect game is perfectly acted and photographed. A very strong film, immensely touching. You can feel this man's sore arm, and Costner shows you all of that with very few words or gestures. Loved this movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
Much better than the book, which is a rare thing. And despite the chick flick background and lapse in logic and time sequencing in the love story toward the end, it's baseball at its best and most sentimental. Well worth seeing...more than once. Kelly Preston is a doll, so there's that, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't usually the kind of movie I watch, so at first I thought it was going to be just another lovey-dovey romance story. But, as the story progressed, I was really interested. Also, if you got any kind of girlfriend, this is probaly a good movie to watch with them since they don't like blood and guts. Anyways, if you don't mind a little romance mixed with baseball, you'll love ''For Love of the Game''.
Dynodave More than 1 year ago
Great story line... great baseball.... with love problems...
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very emotional, intense, and wonderfully acted film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite the annoying love story side line, this is a movie about ball players. Costner captures the intensity that most big leaguers devote to this game. Some are prima donnas, others are horses' behinds, but most are hard-working guys who love to play the game. This movie is about the latter ... all those men who love playing the game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always wanted to see this movie and never got the chance to before. I'm glad I was able to catch it. This is a great film because I have so much disdain for professional sports these days and it was nice to see an old-schooler on the mound. I always wondered what goes on in the mind's of pitchers and felt they really explored something that no one had done before except for maybe Bull Durham. Great film, worthy of owning!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great 'couple film' - the love story for the romantic interwoven with the baseball story for the sports fan. Coster is back in his element (the baseball flick) but the one person in the movie that makes the sports side really work is Vin Sculley. For everyone who loves baseball, Sculley's voice calling the game makes the improbable event seem very real.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was Kevin Costner's best movie ever. I love the fact that the main plot is about baseball mixed in with love and some humor. Kelly Preston is also fantastic in this movie. It's a great date movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Love of the game is a baseball-romance story. Billy Chapel ( Kevin Costner) is a major League famous pitcher. One Day, he runs into a girl on the side of the road and helps her with her car trouble. It must have been love at first sight, because Jane (Kelly Preston) start to date. Soon, Billy gets in an accident and has trouble throwing, but he doesn't tell anyone that he's in major pain. Jane leaves him for a painter and Billy lets his personal life effect his career. (not smart...) So Watch the movie, 'For Love of the Game' and enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago