Taglines: Billy Chapel must choose between the woman he loves and the game he lives for.
Detroit Tigers Veteran Pitcher Billy Chapel (Costner) has always been better at baseball than at love. Just ask Jane (Preston), his on-and-off girlfriend. After a bad season, just before he is about to start in what could be his final game, Jane tells Billy that she’s leaving him…for good. Now with his career and love-life in balance, Billy battles against his emotional and physical limits as he strives for a Perfect Game. The suspense is never drawn back in this heartwarming drama about life, love, and risking it all For Love of the Game.
For Love of the Game (sometimes misconstrued as For the Love of the Game) is a 1999 American sport drama film directed by Sam Raimi and written by Dana Stevens based on Michael Shaara’s novel of the same title. Starring are Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Brian Cox, Jena Malone, J.K. Simmons, Carmine Giovinazzo, Vin Scully, Steve Lyons ahr Larry Joshua.
The film follows the perfect game performance of an aging star baseball pitcher, Billy Chapel, as he deals with the pressures of pitching in Yankee Stadium in his final outing by calming himself with memories about a long term relationship with Jane Aubrey. The play-by-play of the game is announced by longtime Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers baseball broadcaster Vin Scully, who himself has called four perfect games in his career, and Steve Lyons.
For Love of the Game (1999)
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Brian Cox, Jena Malone, J.K. Simmons, Carmine Giovinazzo, Vin Scully, Steve Lyons, Larry Joshua
Screenplay by: Dana Stevens
Production Design by: Neil Spisak
Cinematography by: John Bailey
Film Editing by: Eric L. Beason, Arthur Coburn
Costume Design by: Judianna Makovsky
Set Decoration by: Carolyn Cartwright, Karen O’Hara
Art Direction by: Steve Arnold, James C. Feng
Music by: Basil Poledouris
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexuality.
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: September 17, 1999