Taglines: A love story about two of America’s favourite pastimes.
Darryl Palmer is a baseball player for the Atlanta Braves. He enjoys the fame and fringe benefits of bachelor life until he meets rock singer Debby Huston, falls in love and decides to settle down. Debby isn’t ready to put her professional hopes on hold. But from the moment Darryl meets her, his own career takes off. He begins a full assault on baseball’s single-season home run record of 61 (at that time) and considers Debby a good-luck charm, wanting her to be there at his games.
Manager Burly DeVito appreciates that Darryl has found a settling influence in his life, but teammates Moose Granger and Manny Alvarado become increasingly aware of how obsessed Darryl is with Debby and how unhappy she has become. She feels smothered by her husband, who interferes with her career ambitions and goes into a jealous funk whenever she goes on the road.
The happy couple breaks up, to the detriment of Darryl’s game and his pursuit of one of baseball’s greatest feats. He begins to fail on a regular basis and the team’s playoff chances could be in jeopardy. Burly and his players concoct a plan to have another woman, hidden by shadows, pretend to be Darryl’s wife, telling him everything he wants to hear. It works temporarily, then backfires.
The Slugger’s Wife is a 1985 romantic comedy film about a baseball star who falls for a singer. Written by Neil Simon, directed by Hal Ashby and produced by Ray Stark, the film stars Michael O’Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay and Randy Quaid. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures and released on March 29, 1985.
The Slugger’s Wife (1985)
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Starring: Michael O’Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Ritt, Randy Quaid, Cleavant Derricks, Lisa Langlois, Georgann Johnson, Lynn Whitfield, Ginger Taylor
Screenplay by: Neil Simon
Production Design by: J. Michael Riva
Cinematography by: Caleb Deschanel
Film Editing by: Don Brochu, George C. Villaseñor
Costume Design by: Ann Roth
Art Direction by: Rick Carter
Set Decoration by: Bruce Weintraub
Music by: Patrick Williams
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: March 29, 1985