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September 22, 2011
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EYE-BALL MovieZoneReview – 1999 “For Love of the Game”:

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Plot: – [Pasted from Wikipedia]

On the second to last day of the season, Chapel’s team, the Atlanta Hawks, are about to play against the New York Yankees. Chapel receives news from a friend in the media that is about to be traded. Just the night before, his girlfriend Carol did not show up at his hotel room, and Chapel reaches the conclusion that it is time to move on and finally make the transition from boyhood to manhood.

Over half the book tells the story of that final game, with flashbacks from the pitching mound and dugout to incidents throughout Chapel’s life. Chapel is determined that his last game will also be his greatest, even though, with all the young new players on the Yankees, they are a far superior team. As he strikes out his opponents one after the other, he soon becomes aware of the fact that he has held the Yankees at bay thus far, not allowing one hit from the more talented Yankees team. He soon becomes determined to pitch a perfect game. Meanwhile, he reflects on his personal life, and especially on Carol, whom he finally realizes that he loves, even though he has never shown her that he really does. That morning Carol told him she was going to London and was leaving immediately, so the two key passions of his life, Carol and baseball, are about to vanish forever.

As the game proceeds, Chapel feels the sharp pain in his arm that comes with age. Nevertheless, he refuses to give up the pitching mound, and chooses instead to divert his attention by delving deeper into his life and his relationship. At the end of the game, he has pitched a perfect game and retires from baseball with a new dignity. After the celebrations, he heads to the hotel and dials Carol’s home, where he plans to go to tell Carol his feelings. With baseball behind him, he has grown from a boy who has led a life into manhood.

This short book was discovered after Shaara’s death, and publishing was arranged by his son, author Jeffrey Shaara. The book was made into a movie by Sam Raimi.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Review:

I love sporting movies – and Kevin Costner is a favoured Actor who played 4 roles as a baseball player.  This was his last baseball role.  His on-screen chemistry with Kelly Preston makes the movie and the story believable – and resonates with so many sporting relationships having to deal with the ‘road trip’ nuances when in a relationship with a sports player.

This movie has patience and carefully takes the time to tell the story – nothing is rushed, and that effort is rewarded in with finished product that has your emotive connections tethered by the movie’s final scene where it all ends well.  Costner was made for this part and Preston did a wonderful job and managed to steal scenes from Costner.

I’ve seen this movie at least 5-6 times and each time the story resonates with me in many ways.  There is no gratuitous sex – nor violence – just a tender love story with a few twist and turns in a relationship that hits a few bumps along the way.

The baseball is not all that important – it is just the backdrop to an aging superstar trying to figure out what he wants as his career is coming to an end.

The story is told in flashbacks as Costner’s role stands on the pitcher’s mound and that distraction is the story.  I highly recommend the movie as a heart jerker and for someone feeling the ‘blues’.  If you don’t shed a tear or two then your heart is an iceberg.

EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 7.0/10 …

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