The Slugger's Wife (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Slugger's Wife (1985)

The Slugger's Wife (1985)




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In this Neil Simon film, baseball player Darryl Palmer (Michael O'Keefe) falls in love with singer Debby (Rebecca De Mornay) and discovers that his performance on the field depends on her presence. However, when Debby longs to pursue her own dreams and goals, she and Darryl are faced with some difficult decisions.
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Columbia Pictures

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Rebecca De Mornay
as Debby Palmer
Michael O'Keefe
as Darryl Palmer
Martin Ritt
as Burly
Randy Quaid
as Moose
Danny Tucker
as Coach O'Brien
Lynn Whitfield
as Tina Alvarado
Al Garrison
as Guard
Ginger Taylor
as Sherry
Julie Kemp
as Paloma
Erby Walker
as Waiter
Alisha Das
as Lola
Dan Biggers
as Preacher
Justine Thielemann
as Iris Granger
Marc Clement
as Mr. Davis
Richard Alan Reiner
as Patron at Zelda's
Valerie Mitchell
as Waitress at Limelight
Eddie Cipot
as Cuneo
Stephen H. Stier
as Varsity Patron
David R. Yood
as Cop in Varsity
Alex Hawkins
as Hawkins
Harmon L. Wages
as Interviewer
Jerome Olds
as Musician
Kevin James Barnes
as Public Address
John Lawhorn
as Coach Reckon
Tina Kincaid
as Baseball Wife
Martha Harrison
as Baseball Wife
Becky Pate
as Baseball Wife
Wallace Merck
as Fan in Limelight
Bill G. Fite
as Catcher
Al Hrobosky
as Baseball Player
George Stokes
as Stage Manager
Mark Fidrych
as Baseball Player
Pete Van Wieren
as Baseball Narrator
Ernie Johnson
as Baseball Narrator
Skip Caray
as Sportscaster
Nick Charles
as Sportscaster
Collin Fagan
as Umpire
Chico Renfroe
as Reporter
Anthony Peck
as Reporter
Paul S. Ryden
as Reporter
Charles Darden
as Reporter
Brad Nessler
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Slugger's Wife

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Simon's not in a lighthearted mood, and so the silliness of the story gets bogged down in all sorts of gloomy neuroses, angry denunciations, and painful self-analysis.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Resoundingly unfunny.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It is one of the most disappointing, least credible films about baseball in recent memory.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
TV Guide

Neil Simon on auto-pilot; the results are dreadful

November 24, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Slugger's Wife

A baseball players career is in jeopardy when his girlfriend isn't by his side. Of course, when she's with him he becomes Stan Musial. Worst adaptation of a Neil Simon play.

Cameron Fink
Cameron Fink

(***): [img][/img] I liked it more than what I was expecting.


A Not very funny romantic comedy about a baseball player on his way to the hall of fame who gets sidetrack by an up and coming singer.

Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony

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