History Film / BullDurham

18th Apr '16 2:40:26 PM StarSword
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Critical reception for ''Bull Durham'' was mostly positive when it came out and was a moderate success, but in the years since its release the film has been re-assessed as a full-out classic among sports film: critics, sports columnists, and baseball fans argue it may be the best baseball movie ever.

Costner's next film would be another iconic baseball film, ''FieldOfDreams''.

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Critical reception for ''Bull Durham'' was mostly positive when it came out and was a moderate success, but in the years since its release the film has been re-assessed as a full-out classic among sports film: critics, sports columnists, and baseball fans argue it may be the best baseball movie ever.

ever. The film also made the Durham Bulls, now a Triple-A team, one of the best-known minor league teams in the United States.

Costner's next film would be another iconic baseball film, ''FieldOfDreams''.''Film/FieldOfDreams'', while the Bulls themselves, along with their major league partner the Tampa Bay Rays (then the Devil Rays) would feature in yet another baseball film, 2002's ''Film/TheRookie''.



** Annie's insistence on Nuke following Crash's advice comes back to bite her on the ass when Nuke's re-channels his sexual energy into his pitching, which helps him go on a fantastic winning streak. Annie, [[CatchPhrase being monogamous in the framework of the baseball season]], starts getting ''very'' sexually frustrated... even though [[NiceJobBreakingItHero she's the one who suggested]] the re-channeling before the streak. But when Nuke admits to Crash that he's thinking about having sex with her just to get her out of his hair, Crash basically says, "Are you crazy? Never [[DoubleEntendre ''fuck'']] with a winning streak." So Nuke stays out of Annie's bed, and when Nuke tells her why, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge she gets pissed off at Crash]].
*** And Crash calls her on it, pointing out that Annie (as much an expert on baseball as he is) should know full well that winning streaks are rare, so when someone is on one, you respect it (i.e. abide by whatever is "maintaining" it). Annie quickly realizes he's right... [[SlapSlapKiss and also realizes she really loves Crash]].

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** Annie's insistence on Nuke following Crash's advice comes back to bite her on the ass when Nuke's re-channels his sexual energy into his pitching, which helps him go on a fantastic winning streak. Annie, [[CatchPhrase being monogamous in the framework of the baseball season]], starts getting ''very'' sexually frustrated... even though [[NiceJobBreakingItHero she's the one who suggested]] the re-channeling before the streak. But when Nuke admits to Crash that he's thinking about having sex with her just to get her out of his hair, Crash basically says, "Are you crazy? Never [[DoubleEntendre ''fuck'']] ''[[DoubleEntendre fuck]]'' with a winning streak." So Nuke stays out of Annie's bed, and when Nuke tells her why, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge she gets pissed off at Crash]].
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Crash]]. And Crash he calls her on it, pointing out that Annie (as much an expert on baseball as he is) should know full well that winning streaks are rare, so when someone is on one, you respect it (i.e. abide by whatever is "maintaining" it). Annie quickly realizes he's right... [[SlapSlapKiss [[BelligerentSexualTension and also realizes she really loves Crash]].Crash]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Crash's real first name is never given, though he's named after real-life player Lawrence "Crash" Davis.


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* TokenReligiousTeammate: Jimmy, literally. He's the only conventionally religious cast member, on the Bulls team or off; the only other character that comes close is Annie and her New Age spirituality "Church of Baseball" thing. Early in the film he announces to his teammates that he'll be hosting a Bible study if they're interested, and is told to "get laid".
18th Apr '16 10:22:51 AM MBI
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* UnskilledButStrong: Nuke has a "million-dollar arm and a ten-cent head" i.e. he has a blazing fastball but not the discipline to use it properly.
2nd Apr '16 11:27:31 AM StarSword
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-->'''Crash:''' ''(pained)'' I can't keep giving you these free lessons!



%% * AManIsNotAVirgin

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%% * AManIsNotAVirginAManIsNotAVirgin: It's implied that the token evangelical player Jimmy is (he's a true believer, and is once told by an irritated teammate to get laid, in the context of "get a life"), but Crash is definitely experienced and our first shot of Nuke is of his bare backside as he's having a quickie with Milly in the locker room. Of course, the trope is {{downplayed}} somewhat in that the movie's named female characters definitely aren't virgins either.



* MentorOccupationalHazard: Baseball-style. As the season nears an end and Nuke is promoted to the Majors, Jake gets cut from the team.

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* MentorOccupationalHazard: Baseball-style. As the season nears an end and Nuke is promoted to the Majors, Jake Crash gets cut from the team.



* NotWearingPantsDream:
** Annie tries to get Nuke to focus his energies elsewhere by insisting he wears a woman's garter belt. He has a horrifying nightmare of being on the mound wearing ''just'' the garter belt (and a jock strap), and refuses to. When he finally relents, Crash is the one who spots him trying it on... and doesn't mock Nuke for wearing it. He even tells him "Rose goes in front, big guy."
** Oh, Crash mocked him, all right-- he was just snarky about it. Slapping him on the ass and saying, "That's ''really'' hot."
---> '''Nuke:''' This underwear feels kinda sexy. That don't make me queer, right?

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* NotWearingPantsDream:
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NotWearingPantsDream: Annie tries to get Nuke to focus his energies elsewhere by insisting he wears a woman's garter belt. He has a horrifying nightmare of being on the mound wearing ''just'' the garter belt (and a jock strap), and refuses to. When he finally relents, Crash is the one who spots him trying it on... on and doesn't mock Nuke for wearing it. He even briefly teases him by slapping him on the ass and saying, "That's ''really'' hot." Then he tells him "Rose goes in front, big guy."
** Oh, Crash mocked him, all right-- he was just snarky about it. Slapping him on the ass and saying, "That's ''really'' hot."
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--> '''Nuke:''' This underwear feels kinda sexy. That don't make me queer, right?



*** And Crash calls her on it, pointing out that Annie (as much an expert on baseball as he is) should know full well that winning streaks are rare, so when someone is on one, you respect it (i.e., abide by whatever is "maintaining" it). Annie quickly realizes he's right... [[SlapSlapKiss and also realizes she really loves Crash]].

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*** And Crash calls her on it, pointing out that Annie (as much an expert on baseball as he is) should know full well that winning streaks are rare, so when someone is on one, you respect it (i.e., abide by whatever is "maintaining" it). Annie quickly realizes he's right... [[SlapSlapKiss and also realizes she really loves Crash]].



** One Hispanic player, Jose, constantly blesses his bat and glove. A fellow teammate having a bad streak tries to get Jose to bless his gear, but Jose advises against it: "That's not faith, that's desperation." [[spoiler:the bad streak player is the one getting cut from the team at the beginning of the movie.]]

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** One Hispanic player, Jose, constantly blesses his bat and glove.glove with voudun. A fellow teammate having a bad streak tries to get Jose to bless his gear, but Jose advises against it: "That's not faith, that's desperation." [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:The bad streak player is the one getting cut from the team at the beginning of the movie.]]


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* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: {{Lampshaded}} by Crash when his and Annie's BelligerentSexualTension hits a mutual RageBreakingPoint and he wonders what she does all day besides be a cougar to young ball players. Apparently she's a part-time English teacher at Alamance Junior College (seemingly a BlandNameProduct for Alamance Community College, then known as Technical College of Alamance).
14th Feb '16 12:59:22 PM hullflyer
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* CallBack: Nuke has trouble with women's underwear. When Crash finally has sex with Annie, he immediately unsnaps her garter, causing Annie to breathe, "Oh, my!"

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* CallBack: Nuke has trouble with women's underwear. When Crash finally has sex with Annie, he immediately unsnaps her garter, garter (with one hand!), causing Annie to breathe, "Oh, my!"
27th Oct '15 12:15:31 PM VenomLancerHae
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* Annie gets her name from the nickname given to baseball groupies.
* Everyone gets a nickname - like "Nuke" and "Crash" - they deserve.

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* ** Annie gets her name from the nickname given to baseball groupies.
* ** Everyone gets a nickname - like "Nuke" and "Crash" - they deserve.
27th Oct '15 12:14:35 PM VenomLancerHae
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* 8 Annie gets her name from the nickname given to baseball groupies.
** Everyone gets a nickname - like "Nuke" and "Crash" - they deserve.

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* 8 Annie gets her name from the nickname given to baseball groupies.
** * Everyone gets a nickname - like "Nuke" and "Crash" - they deserve.
27th Oct '15 12:08:07 PM VenomLancerHae
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* AllMenArePerverts

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* AllMenArePervertsAllMenArePerverts:



* ArtisticLicenseSports: Mostly averted, but early in the film Nuke is said to have compiled 18 strikeouts and 18 walks in his first start. This would require a mathematical minimum of 126 pitches (already a high count for a rookie in the minors) and in reality probably more than 200 pitches (an absurdly high number). Nevertheless, it DID happen, with a pitcher upon which the character was loosely based, Steve Dalkowski.

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* ArtisticLicenseSports: ArtisticLicenseSports:
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Mostly averted, but early in the film Nuke is said to have compiled 18 strikeouts and 18 walks in his first start. This would require a mathematical minimum of 126 pitches (already a high count for a rookie in the minors) and in reality probably more than 200 pitches (an absurdly high number). Nevertheless, it DID happen, with a pitcher upon which the character was loosely based, Steve Dalkowski.



* BookEnds: "La Vie En Rose" plays while Annie has Nuke tied up in bed and reads poetry to him towards the beginning of the film, and it plays when she says goodbye to him towards the end. (But neither scene opens or begins the ''entire'' film).

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* BookEnds: BookEnds:
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"La Vie En Rose" plays while Annie has Nuke tied up in bed and reads poetry to him towards the beginning of the film, and it plays when she says goodbye to him towards the end. (But neither scene opens or begins the ''entire'' film).



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* CaptainObviousCaptainObvious:



* CatchPhrase: To this day, minor league pitchers want to "announce my presence with authority!"

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
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To this day, minor league pitchers want to "announce my presence with authority!"



* GloryDays: Crash once spent 21 days in the major leagues (what he calls "The Show".) He's spent the rest of his minor league career ''hoping and praying'' to earn his way back ever since.

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* GloryDays: GloryDays:
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Crash once spent 21 days in the major leagues (what he calls "The Show".) He's spent the rest of his minor league career ''hoping and praying'' to earn his way back ever since.



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex

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* KnightInSourArmor: Crash. He *loves* baseball and wants to make it to the Show. And he's talented and respectful enough of the game to earn that right. But for all his hitting skill and wisdom, for all the home runs he's hit in the minors, it's not enough. And he knows it. Making it worse is that he has to mentor the likes of Nuke, someone so naturally gifted he can make the Show without hassle [[spoiler:and does]] but has no respect for baseball and its mystical elements.

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* KnightInSourArmor: KnightInSourArmor:
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Crash. He *loves* baseball and wants to make it to the Show. And he's talented and respectful enough of the game to earn that right. But for all his hitting skill and wisdom, for all the home runs he's hit in the minors, it's not enough. And he knows it. Making it worse is that he has to mentor the likes of Nuke, someone so naturally gifted he can make the Show without hassle [[spoiler:and does]] but has no respect for baseball and its mystical elements.



* AManIsNotAVirgin
* MeaningfulName: Annie gets her name from the nickname given to baseball groupies.

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%% * AManIsNotAVirgin
* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Annie gets her name from the nickname given to baseball groupies.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Nuke [=LaLoosh=] was based on Steve Dalkowski, a legendary minor league pitcher who like Nuke could throw it fast... and throw it wild, which is why Dalkowski never made the majors.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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Nuke [=LaLoosh=] was based on Steve Dalkowski, a legendary minor league pitcher who like Nuke could throw it fast... and throw it wild, which is why Dalkowski never made the majors.



* NotWearingPantsDream: Annie tries to get Nuke to focus his energies elsewhere by insisting he wears a woman's garter belt. He has a horrifying nightmare of being on the mound wearing ''just'' the garter belt (and a jock strap), and refuses to. When he finally relents, Crash is the one who spots him trying it on... and doesn't mock Nuke for wearing it. He even tells him "Rose goes in front, big guy."

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* NotWearingPantsDream: NotWearingPantsDream:
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Annie tries to get Nuke to focus his energies elsewhere by insisting he wears a woman's garter belt. He has a horrifying nightmare of being on the mound wearing ''just'' the garter belt (and a jock strap), and refuses to. When he finally relents, Crash is the one who spots him trying it on... and doesn't mock Nuke for wearing it. He even tells him "Rose goes in front, big guy."



* TheObiWan: Crash. The rookie players flock to his leadership and wisdom real quick, except for Nuke, who eventually comes around when Annie insists on him following Crash's advice... and it actually improves his game.

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* TheObiWan: TheObiWan:
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Crash. The rookie players flock to his leadership and wisdom real quick, except for Nuke, who eventually comes around when Annie insists on him following Crash's advice... and it actually improves his game.



* SeriousBusiness: Baseball superstitions. While it's a game, there are things about it - from unwritten rules to personal habits - you just shouldn't mess with. One of the ongoing threads of the movie is how different people take different spiritual lessons from the sport.

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* SeriousBusiness: SeriousBusiness:
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Baseball superstitions. While it's a game, there are things about it - from unwritten rules to personal habits - you just shouldn't mess with. One of the ongoing threads of the movie is how different people take different spiritual lessons from the sport.



* WrongNameOutburst: Annie calls out Crash's name during sex with Nuke.
** Annie smooths it over by telling him it's better she call out Crash's name while fooling around with him than calling his name while fooling around with Crash.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue

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* WrongNameOutburst: Annie calls out Crash's name during sex with Nuke.
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Nuke. Annie smooths it over by telling him it's better she call out Crash's name while fooling around with him than calling his name while fooling around with Crash.
%% * WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
20th Aug '15 8:08:39 AM AnotherGuy
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** It's extremely unlikely for a A-ball pitcher to get called directly to the majors.

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** It's extremely unlikely for a A-ball pitcher to get called directly to the majors.majors, though not impossible if the pitcher is an absolute phenom. Mike Morgan, for example, never played an inning in the minors.
16th Aug '15 2:03:08 AM arsepoetica
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* ArtisticLicenseSports: Mostly averted, but early in the film Nuke is said to have compiled 18 strikeouts and 18 walks in his first start. This would require a mathematical minimum of 126 pitches (already a high count for a rookie in the minors) and in reality probably more than 200 pitches (an absurdly high number).

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* ArtisticLicenseSports: Mostly averted, but early in the film Nuke is said to have compiled 18 strikeouts and 18 walks in his first start. This would require a mathematical minimum of 126 pitches (already a high count for a rookie in the minors) and in reality probably more than 200 pitches (an absurdly high number). Nevertheless, it DID happen, with a pitcher upon which the character was loosely based, Steve Dalkowski.
29th Mar '15 7:22:13 AM wittylibrarian
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* SeriousBusiness: Baseball superstitions. While it's a game, there are things about it - from unwritten rules to personal habits - you just shouldn't mess with. One of the ongoing threads of the movie is how different people take different spiritual lessons from the sport.
** One Hispanic player, Jose, constantly blesses his bat and glove. A fellow teammate having a bad streak tries to get Jose to bless his gear, but Jose advises against it: "That's not faith, that's desperation." [[spoiler:the bad streak player is the one getting cut from the team at the beginning of the movie.]]
** Culminating in the consequences of the Bulls' winning streak: Annie freaks out that Nuke took a vow of chastity (on her orders, no less), Jose's glove gets cursed by his girlfriend for whatever he was doing to respect that streak, with other players suffering similar off-field woes.
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