For Love of the Game
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  • The game is not cheap
    The acting and directing are top notch, some of the writing, misses the point, but the emotion is conveyed in incredible clarity. This is not one of those "Feel Good" flicks, it is more about what a man has given up, to be good at what he does, and the realization that it isn't enough....more info
  • DVD
    I originally ordered the HD DVD and it doesn't work on our DVD player. The company made it so easy to return. I ordered the correct one and received it within a few days. We are enjoying our new movie!...more info
  • For Love of the Game
    Good story line. I bought it for my husband and I ended up watching it with him....more info
  • My Love for "For Love of the Game"
    I bought the movie for my boyfriend. We watched it together solely because it was written by one of his favorite authors. To be honest, I was not expecting anything tremendous. We both really enjoyed it. It had a little bit for both of us. Really good film....more info
  • Kevin Baseball
    Costner has made about 5 or 6 good movies, and three of them are about baseball. Bull Durham is the comedy, Field of Dreams is the spiritual, but For Love of the Game is the more realistic of the bunch.
    Billy Chapel (Costner) is an aging veteran pitcher for a bad Detroit team in the twilight of his career who must decide on retirement, or accepting a trade. The movie takes place over the course of just 1 game, with back flashes of his relationship with Jane (Kelly Preston).
    The movie touches on the celebrity of athletes, and the difficulties of having a normal relationship. I personally thought that the underlying theme was about choosing between a career or a relationship, but I'm sure it was probably deeper than that.
    I have always thought that Costner was a bit of a ham who takes himself way too seriously, and while at times in this movie he tends to fall into that role, Billy Chapel is more of an understated character, and Costner is by far at his best when he plays that kind of role.
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  • Another Top Notch Baseball Film From Kevin Costner
    Following the shining examples of earlier characters in "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams", Kevin Costner has once again taken on the role of a baseball player and played it to perfection. In this film, Costner stars as Detroit Tigers ace pitcher Billy Chapel, a 19-year veteran of the major leagues. Chapel's hall of fame career is winding down, and his team is playing out the string of another long season. To make matters worse, Jane, Billy's girlfriend, played superbly by Kelly Preston, has informed him that she has accepted a job offer in London. The final bit of bad news comes from the Tigers' owner, who informs Billy that he's sold the team and Billy will probably be traded next season. All of these things are weighing on Billy's mind as he steps on the mound at Yankee Stadium.

    However, right from the beginning of the game, Billy realizes that this day is going to be special. He has his best stuff working, and he's blowing through the Yankees like they were little leaguers. Gus, the catcher played wonderfully by J.C. Reilly, offers continuous encouragement to Billy throughout the game. One of the best moments of the film is the way Billy blocks out the noise of the crowd in his mind, and all that the viewer hears is the wooosh of the ball as it is pitched. I got chills when this occurred. It was extermely realistic.

    During the course of the game, Billy has "flashbacks" to his relationship with Jane. We get to see how they met and the evolution of their romance. Although he hides it well, it is clear that Billy truly loves Jane, but he's afraid to admit to her that he really needs her in his life. I thought the flashbacks were excellent. In some films, the flashbacks tend to take away from the movie, but not in this one. I think they were one of the better aspects of the movie.

    By the time the game reaches the 7th inning, Billy asks Gus if any Yankee has reached base. Gus says no. Only then does Billy realize that he's in the midst of a pitcher's dream; the perfect game. Summoning incredible courage and strength, Billy manages to complete the ultimate baseball feat.

    Watching this movie was a real treat for me. I enjoyed Costner's earlier performance in "Field of Dreams", but he tops it with this amazing performance. I recommend this excellent movie to all baseball fans, and fans of good movies in general. Its one you'll remember for a long time....more info

  • A modern love story - an excellent movie
    A modern love story with a mix of great and realistic baseball action. After seeing this movie I was convinced that Kenvin Costner would have made a fine pitcher in real life, truly convincing. He obviously put his heart into the making of this movie.

    I own the Region 4 version which also allows you to watch the film in Spanish or English audio (as does a lot of Region 4 DVD's), I'm not sure though if the Region 1 version offered here has Spanish audio.

    In Australia many people by multiple region DVD players so it really does not matter to us where we buy our DVD's but people in the United States might like to check it out first if Spanish audio is important to you....more info

  • Gotta LOVE baseball!
    As you are able to read in the other reviews the basics of the story line.......
    My opinion is.... the parts of the movie that had to do with baseball were absolutely WONDERFUL. The romance area of the story line left a lot to be desired....more info
  • Not Just About Baseball
    This movie takes place almost entirely in one day, but the flashbacks in the mind of Billy Chapel (Kevin Costnar) while he is on the mound and in the dugout give it a sense of time by spanning his life. Billy is at a crossroads both personally and professionally. And by the next morning he has both figured out.

    While not a pure baseball movie it does offer a glimpse of what could be going on inside the head of a pitcher who is "in the zone" during the best game of his storied career. He is throwing a perfect game but does not even realize it until around the sixth inning when he has to ask his catcher. He does not realize it because his mind is elsewhere, on Jane (Kelly Preston) his on and off girlfriend of the last five years who has just told him she is going to live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. She dropped this bomb only ten minutes after his boss, the owner of the Tigers, told him that the club is being sold and he will be traded to another team the next year. What a morning it started off as. Throughout the game while he is throwing bullets he is trying to figure out what to do about Jane and about his career.

    Kelly Preston does a fine job as Jane and Jena Malone plays Jane's daughter, Heather with another good performance (although a much smaller part than some she has had).

    Overall a good movie for guys and gals to watch together. The girls will like the love story, the guys will like the baseball and the memories of how it connected them (as it does Billy) to their fathers and the sandlot games of their youth. I liked the way the movie game full cirle to the first scene near the end to give you background on what was going on in that scene. A movie worth watching....more info

  • Something for everybody
    A little romance, a little comedy, some mother-daughter issues, and just some great sports drama. Basically you've got a bunch of second rate players who are blessed for a single game while recounting their various conflicts and trials.

    Of course the focus is on Kevin Costner (40 yr old pitcher:Billy Chapel) who meets and romances Kelly Preston. She is the single mother of a teenage daughter.

    The film is told in an interesting manner jumping from the present to the past and points in between and then back to the present. And this happens over and over again.

    Part of me would like to give this 5 stars and another part says 4 stars but it's a definite winner any way you rate it....more info

  • Excellent twist of baseball and romance
    One of the best sports and romance films I have ever seen. "For love of the game," takes you on a unique perspective of the athlete, specifically in this case the pitcher's thoughts through a game. Through each flash back in the game the romance story starts to build as Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) begins to think back on his five-year relationship with Jane (Kelly Preston).

    Sam Raimi has done an excellent job directing this film. His timing was perfect in flipping back and fourth from the past to the present. His direction in both on and off the baseball field proved to be flawless. This is definitely one of his best films as a director to date.

    Kevin Costner puts in one of his best performances ever, but then again Costner and sports seem to go along. Where Costner's wonderful performance mostly showed on the baseball diamond, Kelly Preston acting job as Jane was by far the films best performance. She brought a great deal of emotion to the movie and really gave the romance part of the story everything that it needed.

    Overall I would recommend this movie to anyone, it hold a great deal of appeal for both men and women....more info

  • Excellent twist of baseball and romance
    One of the best sports and romance films I have ever seen. "For love of the game," takes you on a unique perspective of the athlete, specifically in this case the pitcher's thoughts through a game. Through each flash back in the game the romance story starts to build as Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) begins to think back on his five-year relationship with Jane (Kelly Preston).

    Sam Raimi has done an excellent job directing this film. His timing was perfect in flipping back and fourth from the past to the present. His direction in both on and off the baseball field proved to be flawless. This is definitely one of his best films as a director to date.

    Kevin Costner puts in one of his best performances ever, but then again Costner and sports seem to go along. Where Costner's wonderful performance mostly showed on the baseball diamond, Kelly Preston acting job as Jane was by far the films best performance. She brought a great deal of emotion to the movie and really gave the romance part of the story everything that it needed.

    Overall I would recommend this movie to anyone, it hold a great deal of appeal for both men and women....more info

  • An EXCELLENT Movie!
    I just finished watching For Love of the Game for the first time 10 minutes ago, and had no idea what I had been missing all this time! Costner does an AMAZING job portraying Billy Chapel, the famous 40-year-old pitcher of the Tigers baseball team, and you completely believed Prestons character, Jane... I wasn't exactly sure WHAT the whole movie was about when I started watching it earlier today... something to do with baseball? But now I can't believe I ever missed hearing about the interesting and enrapturing plot-- The show centers aroung one un-important game for the Tigers, but maybe Billy's greatest game ever... Billy had had the worst day, with his girlfriend (Jane played by Preston) moving away and his boss practically saying his career was over, but at this particular game, he wanted to show everyone that he was going out with a BANG! He has several flashbacks throughout the entire movie that give this one-of-a-kind film some explanation of what was going on in his head... Overall, I just LOVED For Love of the Game, and definitely plan on buying it soon!PS This is more of a chic-flick, but I think guys could somewhat enjoy it too... It has baseball in it....more info
  • A GAMELY CRAFTED, NO-FRILLS HIT!
    "They don't make 'em like they used to!"

    As regards "For Love of the Game", the above comment applies to both movies and baseball players! Old-fashioned, straight-ahead storytelling, complimented by solid performances, extremely convincing on-the-field action, excellent photography and more than competent direction by Sam Raimi, make for a resoundingly entertaining movie...even if you're not much of a baseball fan.

    Perhaps the best thing going for the film is its truly innovative integration and balance of rapid-fire on-going game vs. relationship development flashback elements, allowing the viewer to "get inside the athlete's head" in a way no other movie in recent memory does.

    "For Love" thusly manages to put a signature spin on the subjective experience of a great athlete's swan song by sharing & highlighting the stark contrast between the external precision & perfection of the real-world game in progress, and the turbulent, highly personal, inner-world of the passions that drive him.

    Kevin Costner, certainly NOT the greatest actor in the world, literally shines in the mother of all tailor made roles. Kelly Preston shows us a highly focused intensity, in just what may be her best on screen appearance to date! John C. Reilly, although cast as the solid-as-a-rock-always-there-when-you-need-him-on-the-sidelines Catcher, plays to the hilt a supporting role, in every sense of the word.

    There are moments in "For Love", however, that seem a touch too maudlin, trying just a little too hard to jerk that extra tear. A few of these melancoly scenes are drawn out to the point of making the viewer self-conscious and put upon. These occasional excesses are easily overlooked, however, in light of the films many strengths and its overal highly engrossing nature.

    TECHNICAL NOTE: Amazon rated picture quality of the Widescreen DVD version a lackluster 3.5...which leads me to imagine that either they reviewed a defective copy, or that there were problems with early prints that were subsequently corrected, because the picture quality I observed was among the best of my entire DVD collection !...more info

  • A Solid Hit
    If you're a baseball fan, you should like this film. If you're not a baseball fan, you should lke this film. While it has a lot to say to the fan, it's basically about people, and has a lot to say, generally. It's a good romantic film, quite apart from the baseball theme.

    Costner and Preston are quite believable in their roles, and you care as much about what happens to them as you do about how the game ends.

    Director Raimi takes you right inside the head of Costner as his character, Billy Chapel, pitches a season-ending and possibly career-ending game, capping off a stellar career. In fact, with more and more managers calling the game from the dugout, the pitching calls from the catcher, well-played by Reilly, and Costner's verbalization as to why he's accepting them or shaking them off, may well become a thing of the past, with pitchers no longer having that option.

    This is a very heart-warming film. It scores a "10" on feel-good scale....more info

  • For Love of the Game
    Good story line. I bought it for my husband and I ended up watching it with him....more info
  • My Love for "For Love of the Game"
    I bought the movie for my boyfriend. We watched it together solely because it was written by one of his favorite authors. To be honest, I was not expecting anything tremendous. We both really enjoyed it. It had a little bit for both of us. Really good film....more info
  • Kevin Baseball
    Costner has made about 5 or 6 good movies, and three of them are about baseball. Bull Durham is the comedy, Field of Dreams is the spiritual, but For Love of the Game is the more realistic of the bunch.
    Billy Chapel (Costner) is an aging veteran pitcher for a bad Detroit team in the twilight of his career who must decide on retirement, or accepting a trade. The movie takes place over the course of just 1 game, with back flashes of his relationship with Jane (Kelly Preston).
    The movie touches on the celebrity of athletes, and the difficulties of having a normal relationship. I personally thought that the underlying theme was about choosing between a career or a relationship, but I'm sure it was probably deeper than that.
    I have always thought that Costner was a bit of a ham who takes himself way too seriously, and while at times in this movie he tends to fall into that role, Billy Chapel is more of an understated character, and Costner is by far at his best when he plays that kind of role.
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  • For The Love of the Game
    Kevin Costner gives a very compelling performance as a baseball player at the end of his career. He is very realistic in the role and brings thought provoking issues to light. How do you decide to hang up your glove and leave a game that has been the most important thing in your life? It was great that he could personally do the pitching in this movie because it would have lost a lot of the realism and credibility if they had to use someone else....more info
  • Another Good Baseball Movie From Costner
    For Love of the Game is a very enjoyable film. Costner, as usual, gives a fine performance surrounded by excellent performances from the supporting cast. The video and audio on the HD DVD are completely involving; on good AV systems, the film will play better than at a movie theater. If you like serious baseball movies (The Pride of the Yankees, The Natural, etc.), For Love of the Game will make a fine addition to your disc library....more info
  • Excellent
    Not being a baseball fan at all, I hesitated to get this movie. I have Bull Durham, and like it the more I see it, great humor in that movie, but For Love of the Game is the best ever. It has almost made me a baseball fan. Kevin Costner does an outstanding job in this movie--he throws all the pitches and makes the catches himself--that alone is amazing to watch, to hear the wind whistle past the ball, see the rosen powder fly from the catcher's mitt--it doesn't get any better. The camera work is outstanding, camera angles/replays/closeups, overall film techniques used to produce realism of an actual professional game, actual umpires from the league in the role of umpires, actors with experience in minor and major league play in the role of players and coaches, fan/crowd responses, etc., it's as real as it can get.

    John C. Reilly is outstanding, he portrays the essence of a real friend. Kelly Preston is good, if I had a choice I would have chosen someone with more electricity and spark with Kevin but Costner makes up for the lack of spontaneous chemistry between the two. I would have bought this movie just to see the outstanding job Costner does, however, the story line is powerful; the relationship between Billy (Kevin) and Jane (Kelly)is so real depicting the ups and downs of a relationship with two flawed people and the difficutly of having a normal life and developing love interest with someone in the public eye. It just doesn't get any better, in my opinion, than For Love of the Game.

    The story in For Love of the Game is the story of life--only told from the perspective of a single baseball game. We focus on one aspect of our life--our career--and almost ride it too long and risk missing out on the most important part of our overall existence. There are flaws in this movie but only those looking for flaws can get sidetracked by that and miss one of the best movies ever. This one is a keeper and one to be watched over and over. I don't know which I like best, the love story or the shots of the baseball game--and this from someone who doesn't like baseball--both are intertwined so skillfully they can't be separated. I almost want a second copy to make sure I never lose this outstanding movie.

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  • Movie
    This movie was a christmas gift. I had tried for a few years to find it for her and I finally did with you. She was very excited and happy....more info
  • Entertaining Baseball Drama -- A Bit Long Though
    I usually love baseball movies, especially ones with Kevin Costner in them. I've been pretty disappointed with Costner movies of late so I didn't rush out to catch this movie. I would hardly consider this movie one of his best, but it didn't turn out to be so bad.

    In the end, I actually liked this movie. This is the story of Billy Chapel who is pitching what could be his last game after a stunning 19 year career as a Detroit Tiger pitcher. As he gives it his all, he has flashbacks of the events that have happened in the previous five years of his life and realizing that he hasn't given every aspect of his life the same effort he has given this game.

    In the end, the viewer will identify and care for Billy Chapel and the people in his life including his on-again, off-again girlfriend named Jane (played by Kelly Preston), Jane's daughter Heather, his loyal friend and catcher Gus (played wonderfully by John C. Riley), and many others. This is a heart-felt drama and not so much the sport movie I thought it would be.

    The acting and story are quite superb. There is even some sprinkling of humor that had me laughing out loud ("Have you ever had your heart broken?" "Yes, we lost a pennant race.") My only complaint is that, at over 2 hours, this movie just gets to be too long. Forty minutes before the end of the movie I just wanted it to come to its conclusion. Sam Raimi did a fantastic directing job but could have easily cut a lot of those scenes.

    This is a good movie for a great range of people. It has a tear-jerking love story, sports, humor, excellent acting, drama, and a lot of heart. If any of those things appeal to you then check out this film. The only thing missing is a little action, but that would have just ruined this movie....more info
  • "You and Me...One more time!"
    Those were the words of "Gus", John C. Riley(the more i see of this guy the more i like him)is the big hearted,battle worn,FAITHFUL,TRUSTY O'l catcher in this baseball guy movie turned LOVE STORY. This is the story of Billy Chapel. A once great pitcher for the Detroit Tigers on the brink of retirement. It's a story of a man who's got the biggest decision of his life/career to make...being traded by the new owners of the ball club and keep playing but for another team other than the only team he has ever known Professionally...or retirement?...If you're a use to be athlete...this tugs at your heart, taking you back to the last time you were able to suit up and play the greatest game in the world...baseball! Billy is a man who's obviously in love with the game and is having a heck of a time letting her go. Now by using the word "her'...i can describe both the game of baseball and Billy's "on again,off again" relationship with Jane Aubrey(the very Beautiful Kelly Preston), a New York Fashion magazine Editor who's more than a lil' hesitant with Costner's character's old school approach with their realtionship. Billy thinks (like i and countless other guys have) like a typical guy who takes advantage of a good thing to the point that he drives it away. Billy is old school and he isn't willing to commit to Jane, which she deperately needs him to do. Jane has been done wrong in the past more than a few times. She's a single mom of a teenage girl( played by the very CUTE Jena Malone)who's starting to challenge her mom's ways. In all ways this movie is just about life! Single parenting, being a stubborn man, relationships with friends, saying goodbye, the love of a good woman... and o'h yeah...the deepest love a man can have for the game of Baseball. The movie is set during the last game of what has been a very rough season for Billy and the Tigers. Inning by inning Billy goes through refections of his relationship with Jane and Heather(Jena's character), his career as a dominant pitching god for one team,the Detroit Tigers & everything from a career threatning injury and just plain old woman trouble. He's had a good life as a ball player but his career is coming to a close and now he has the decision of retirement or playing for another team. All the while his heart is with Jane but he is too stubborn to tell her how he really feels and just about pushes her completely away. Like a typical guy, Billy realizes and goes after her at all costs...Did i forget to mention the fact that this is all going on during a game that Billy just so happens to be pitching a perfect game in?...news of the sale of the Tigers forces Billy's hand to make a decision of retirement or trade...this triggers Billy's reflections. He realizes that's he's in love with Jane and he needs more than just "the game" to be complete in life. In typical Movie fashion Billy pitches the perfect game, retires, and goes after Jane. In the ending scene,Billy pours his heart to Jane at the airport in New York...he palns to chase her overseas but by chance she delays her flight to watch the game and is wrestling with her own feelings for Billy and trusting him. All in all, this is a great movie especially for the Costner buffs out there. I personally love all of Costner's baseball movies and i'd put this one at the top of my personal list! This is not a movie to rent, it's a definate buy!!! Billy Chapel is the man everybody wants to be and the man that no man wants to admit that he is...?!...more info
  • Baseball: Metaphor for life
    This movie wasn't really at all about baseball, but about the metaphor for life baseball is. Overall if you are looking for a film that is going to capture what baseball represents, then this is it!...more info
  • Why it is called "America's Favorite Pasttime"
    Whether you love baseball or not, if you love a good movie, you will love this one. It is told in a unique and clever use of present time and flashback. Kevin Costner, what can I say? He had to be a ball player in another life. John C. Reilly looked as natural as a catcher on the diamond as he did on the stage as a song and dance man in "Chicago". Kelly Preston, my first time seeing her left me breathless. A superb job. Maybe I'm prejudiced because I do love baseball, but so will you after this. And you too may learn to hate the Yankee's fans....more info
  • one of the best
    one of the best baseball DVD's out.....Follows the life of a washed up pitcher, as he flirts with immortality.....I recommend to any baseball fan...more info
  • Nice date night movie!
    Add one part love story and one part baseball sports flick and you have a great date night movie! This is a wonderful movie to watch. Kelly Preston and Kevin Costner do really great jobs of playing their roles in this movie, but more importantly the storyline is really well done. Costner plays an aging professional pitcher at the end of his career. On the last game he pitches, we see not only what is going on in his mind as a professional pitcher, but also flashbacks of his career over the years and his on again/off again romantic relationship with Preston's character. Definitely worth watching...more info
  • For Love of the Game
    This movie is a combination of Baseball and a love story that rings true. I do not like schmaltz at all, but Costner and Kelly Preston have a true connection. The story is very much filmed within the modern moral code, yet the eventual reality of "you don't know what you have 'til you lose it" is beautifully portrayed by both actors. The baseball segments are exceptionally well done. Costner is beyond realistic as a major league pitcher. A very underrated movie, maybe evidenced by its extensive play on pay networks now, 7 years after it's theater run.
    The sountrack doesn't hurt either. ...more info
  • LOVE FLOTG
    I Love the movie and I love the music. This CD is great!!!...more info
  • Focus, Focus, Lose out on Life
    For Love of the Game is one of my favorite movies of all time. Usually sports themes aren't among my favorite, but this film is about so much more than sports... it's about life. It's about figuring out what life is all about before it's too late. What's important? Why waste your best years on a game, where sports agents will throw you away before your prime? It's about love, and throwing that away for "The Love of the Game." Buy it, enjoy it and learn about focus, love and what's really important in life....more info
  • "Clear the mechanism."
    My son, a former college pitcher, absolutely adored this film--not because of the overall story, but because of the head games pitchers play on the mound. And to its credit, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME vividly depicts a day out on the hill for a major league pitcher at the twilight of his career, Detroit Tiger ace Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner). My son instantly identified with Chapel's talking to himself between pitches, trying to get inside the head of the batter (What's he expecting? Fastball or breaking ball?), hoping that his next pitch will throw the batter off balance. And finally, Chapel's ability to completely shut out all noise and distractions ("Clear the mechanism," he says to himself.) was very effective.

    And those are the highlights of the movie. Unfortunately, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME is a compilation of flashbacks centering around a contrived love story that has been rehashed and recycled thousands of times. Director Sam Raimi gives us a story about the on-again/off-again relationship between Chapel and Jane Aubrey (Kelly Preston), a magazine exec. Chapel is unwilling to make a commitment, while Jane's pessimistic insecurity about the relationship becomes downright annoying. Costner is so wooden in these scenes he appears to be going through the motions, while Preston whines and pines like a high school sophomore. The final scene between the two of them, in the airport, is uncomfortable to watch.

    John C. Reilly turns in an admirable performance as grisly veteran catcher Gus Sinski, and the soothing voice of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully lends wonderful credibility to the drama as Chapel makes a bid to pitch a perfect game. I only wish FOR LOVE OF THE GAME had confined itself to the action on the mound; there wasn't much action going on anywhere else.
    --D. Mikels...more info

  • Just a bad bad movie
    This movie lacks everything that a decent movie requires....more info
  • What the...?
    Every great director makes a misstep at some point in their career. "For Love of the Game" respresents the nadir of Sam Raimi's filmography. This is the kind of film I would have NEVER expected him to helm, but alas. I think he made it to show Hollywood that he can make a "normal" movie every once in a while.

    No zombies, hardly any blood, no crazy camera movements, no suspense, no cool special effects, no Bruce Campbell and no scares. What's the point? This isn't a Sam Raimi movie. This is sentimental stuff from the Hollywood dream factory. I'm glad he got back on his feet for making "the Gift" after completion of this waste of celluloid. Do us a favor, Sam. Stick to what you're good at. Don't allow Hollywood executives to think that if it's not "normal," it's garbage....more info

  • Don't Do It
    This bleak excuse for a movie should be banned, as should the bulk of Costner's recent "work." Bad writing, bad acting. To watch this film is to die a slow and agonizing (and boring) death. Buy or rent The Rookie instead....more info