Like “Major League”, “The Natural” or even “Field of Dreams”, this 80’s flick is one of those sports movies that always seems to be on one of the many basic cable TV channels every Spring and Summer. It doesn’t matter whether it’s two in the afternoon or two in the morning, somewhere in the outer reaches of cable TV, the main characters can be found bickering about baseball and who’s taking who to bed. So if you believe in the church of baseball and long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days. then grab your bat, your glove, and garter belts as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Ron West, discuss “Bull Durham” from 1988 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!
Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:
“The candlesticks scene on the mound — I came up with that,” says Robert Wuhl, who played the team’s pitching coach. Apparently, a week before the film started shooting, Wuhl’s friend was getting married and he asked his wife what he should get as a gift. Her reply: Candlesticks always make a nice gift. Or find out where they’re registered and perhaps a nice place setting. Wuhl ad-libbed that line during a hilarious meeting on the pitcher’s mound in the film. The rest is history. And Wuhl says that ever since then, he’s never had to think hard about what to get someone as a gift.
For years, Ron Shelton has contemplated making a sequel and remarked, "I couldn't figure out in the few years right after it came out, what do you do? Nuke's in the big leagues, Crash is managing in Visalia. Is Annie going to go to Visalia? I've been to Visalia. That will test a relationship ... It was not a simple fable to continue with - not that we don't talk about continuing it, now that everyone's in their 60s".
Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and Box Office Mojo
YouTube - “Tim Robbins Reveals He Still Has His “Bull Durham” Garter Belt | The Rich Eisen Show | 3/6/20”
Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver
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