For Love of the Game

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Sam Raimi
Production: Universal Pictures
  7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
137 min

this team when I was seven.

I grew up

watching the Tigers.

I was gonna leave the team to my kids,

but they don't even like baseball.

Everything's changed,


The players, the fans,

TV rights, arbitrations.

It isn't the same.

The game stinks.

And I-

I can't be

a part of it anymore.

[ Telephone Ringing ]

[ Ringing Continues ]

[ Sighs ]


Billy, you want me

to, um-


Hello. Jane!

Where are you?

You're downstairs?

No! Just stay there,

all right?

just stay where you're at.

I'm on my way down.

[ Hangs Up Phone ] What do

you want me to tell 'em, Billy?

Look, I-

I need more time, all right?

The game doesn't stink,

Mr. Wheeler.

It's a great game.

Billy, what's up?

[ Elevator Bell Dings ]

I tried to get her

in a cab, Mr. Chapel,

but she said she wanted to

- just go up and walk up in Central Park.

Go easy on our boys

today, Billy.



Why didn't you wait?

[ Sniffles ]

Are you crying?

[ Sighs ]

What's the matter?

They didn't have any Kleenex in

the hotel bathroom. [ Sniffles ]

What's going on, Jane?

I've been sitting in the lobby

for the last two hours.

Doing what?

I'm sorry I didn't call

last night, you know.

I could tell that your voice

was worried enough that-

If something's wrong, just

say it, Jane. I mean, we don't-

We never had to fake it.

I'm leaving.

I'm going to London.


There's a job, a good job.

An editor's position.


I've been trying to fiigure out

a way to tell you,

but everything sounds so-

What can I say?

I mean, tell me what to say.

I can't tell you, Billy.

It's all right.

I knew it.

From the day I fiirst met

you fiive years ago, What?

I've always known... you

don't need me. Knew what?

You and the ball and the

diamond, you're perfect.

A perfectly beautiful thing.

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Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens (born in Whittier, California) is a screenwriter and television writer/producer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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