Bull Durham (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bull Durham (1988)



Critic Consensus: Kevin Costner at his funniest and most charismatic in Bull Durham, a film that's as wise about relationships as it is about minor league baseball.

Movie Info

A blend of comedy, drama and romance, Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great American pastime. Crash Davis (Kevin Costner, showcasing his Midwestern charm) is a perennial Minor Leaguer assigned to the Durham Bulls, a hapless team with a long tradition of mediocrity. There he tutors a young, dim-witted pitching prodigy, Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) in the ways of baseball, life, and love. Each strikes up a romance with Annie (Susan Sarandon), the team's "mascot" who takes it upon herself to sleep with a new player every season. Each has his/her own conflict: Crash struggles to end his career with some measure of dignity; Nuke struggles to make it to the "big show"; and Annie struggles to find something more than a roll in the hay -- and of course, Crash and Nuke come into conflict over Annie's affections to further complicate matters. The film treats the sport of baseball with a sort of casual reverence, highlighting both the drama and the humor inherent in the game, illustrated by Annie's numerous references to baseball as "her religion."more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Shelton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 1998
Orion Pictures


Kevin Costner
as Crash Davis
Susan Sarandon
as Annie Savoy
Tim Robbins
as Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' L...
Trey Wilson
as Joe 'Skip' Riggins
Robert Wuhl
as Larry Hockett
Sid Aikens
as Baseball Player
Craig Brown
as Baseball Player
Butch Davis
as Baseball Player
Max Patkin
as Himself
Don S. Davis
as Scared Batter
Stephen Ware
as Abused Umpire
Antoinette Forsyth
as Ballpark Announcer
Shirley Anne Ritter
as Cocktail Waitress
Alan Mejia
as Chu Chu
El Chico Williams
as Baseball Player
George 'Buck' Flower
as Nuke's Father
Pete Bock
as Minister
Wes Currin
as Core Baseball Player
Garland Bunting
as Teddy (Radio Announc...
Paul Devlin
as Core Baseball Player
Jeff Greene
as Core Baseball Player
Kelly Heath
as Core Baseball Player
Mo Johnson
as Core Baseball Player
Todd Kopeznski
as Core Baseball Player
John Lovingood
as Core Baseball Player
Eddie Matthews
as Core Baseball Player
Alan Paternoster
as Core Baseball Player
Bill Robinson
as Core Baseball Player
Dean Robinson
as Core Baseball Player
Tom Shultz
as Core Baseball Player
Sam Veraldi
as Core Baseball Player
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Critic Reviews for Bull Durham

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14)

Screwball Annie and hardball Crash aren't playing the same game, which is Shelton's conceit as well as a possible screen-writing miscalculation.

Full Review… | March 20, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed the film, displays a knowledge of and affection for the national pastime. You can see it in the knowing detail he brings to even the minor characters.

Full Review… | March 20, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

[Shelton is] uncanny at putting us inside his players' heads when they're on the mound or up at bat, running their private litanies of encouragement and subversion to psych themselves up.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Rather than a vapid national epic, it is a warm, droll, deftly cracked romantic comedy.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The acting in Bull Durham cannot be faulted and should be remembered at Oscar time. Sarandon has one of the juiciest female roles in years and she makes you think no one could play it better.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Shelton locates the tension and the humor between pitches, between ball games, between the sheets. It helps too that he has written the wittiest, busiest screenplay since Moonstruck, and that his three stars do their very best screen work.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bull Durham

One of the best baseball movie ever made. Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner are awesome!!!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

The grooming relationship between the classy, seasoned catcher, Crash, and the callow, rookie pitcher, Nuke, is funnier, more exciting, and more heartwarming than Annie's pseudo-intellectual, baseball is religion, poetry is foreplay, seduction wiles.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Bull Durham is a genius sports film and one of the greatest sports films ever made. Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon play three genius performances. The plot is great, I was never bored and it had so many different stories. I loved this movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Bull Durham Quotes

Millie: [Annie snaps off the radio] Crash must've called the guy a cocksucker.
– Submitted by Marty S (3 years ago)
Joe "Skip" Riggins: What's our record, Larry?
Larry Hockett: Eight and sixteen.
Joe "Skip" Riggins: Eight... and sixteen. How'd we ever win eight?
Larry Hockett: It's a miracle.
Joe "Skip" Riggins: It's a miracle. This... is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball.
– Submitted by Adam K (3 years ago)
Crash Davis: Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you'll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press'll think you're colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.
– Submitted by Jorge S (4 years ago)
Crash Davis: ...I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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