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The Slugger's Wife
The Slugger's Wife
Actors: Michael O'Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Ritt, Randy Quaid, Cleavant Derricks
Director: Hal Ashby
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sports, Musicals & Performing Arts
PG-13     2004     1hr 45min

Famous playwright Neil Simon?s story of a young power-hitting baseball player who falls in love with a rock singer. When they finally come together, his average goes up and they get married. But she?s bored and frustrated ...  more »


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Actors: Michael O'Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Ritt, Randy Quaid, Cleavant Derricks
Director: Hal Ashby
Creators: Caleb Deschanel, Don Brochu, George C. Villaseņor, Margaret Booth, Ray Stark, Neil Simon
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sports, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Baseball, Musicals
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/09/2004
Original Release Date: 03/29/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 03/29/1985
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A cute movie
Ei | Seekonk, Massachusetts | 03/01/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I am going to have to completely disagree with the other customer review here. While The Slugger's Wife wasn't a great classic romantic comedy to come out of the 80's, it was worth the two hours I spent watching it on cable. I think this must have been one of Rebecca Demorney's earliest roles, possibly after Risky Business. She plays a singer(well, err...she tries to be a singer) that performs covers of popular rock songs in cheezy/lounge singer mode. I'm sure it was her own voice too. That part of the film was a bit cheezy, but it was the 80's! Michael O'Keefe plays a major league baseball player who falls instantly in love with her as he sees her perform at a club. He doesn't win her right away, he actually almost "strikes out" completely. Eventually they start dating and get married. He wants her to be there for the games and not work, and she wants to continue with her lame singing career. This was definitely not one of the best movies from the 80s, but it is worth a look at in my opinion. It was kind of sweet. The music however, was more of a cheeze factor than real music. I didn't feel my time had been wasted on this movie. I found it to be a cute little romantic comedy that seemed to be forgotten."
A Good Look at The Limelight Atlanta
Aron Siegel | Atlanta, GA USA | 04/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While the story might be a bad excuse for an apology to Marsha Mason from Neil Simon, and the baseball scenes are incredibly inaccurate (Astros and Braves are wearing their home uniforms at the same time), this video affords the viewer a look at one of the best nightclubs ever seen. Limelight Atlanta was built in the old Harlequin Dinner Theatre and featured an extravagant light show valued some say at over a half million dollars. It's unfortunate the club is gone, but the footage inside the club is wonderful. Also filmed inside The Saint Atlanta which closed shortly after the movie was released theatrically..."
Forgotten 80's romantic comedy is a guilty pleasure
A. Gammill | West Point, MS United States | 02/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"These days, 80's movies are much-maligned. And watching movies like The Slugger's Wife, you gotta admit, a lot of stuff from back then is hard to watch. But I think this one holds up reasonably well. Movies based on Neil Simon plays were popular in the seventies, but were a bit hit-and-miss by 1985 (see also: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues). Anyway, the prime reason to catch this one--or at least it was the prime reason some two decades ago--is Rebecca DeMornay. Although it would be a stretch call her a great actress, the title role her suits her talents. And yes, that really is her singing (I'm a little ashamed to admit I have the soundtrack on cassette somewhere). As someone else has pointed out, the keyboard-heavy soundtrack does hopelessly date the film.

But if you long for a simpler time, when movies wanted nothing more than just ENTERTAIN you for a couple of hours, you could do a lot worse than The Slugger's Wife.
Not A Baseball Movie
Shawn A. Akers | Orlando, Fla | 01/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For those of you renting this movie or watching it on HBO or whatever, and you're expecting this to be a baseball movie, of course you might be a bit disappointed. It's not realistic as a baseball movie, it's supposed to be a romantic comedy...the baseball player falls for a singer and marries her, only to smother her with too much love. At the end, they don't get back together, which is fitting, because the door is left open for that to happen. I've seen other reviews for this movie, and I'm sorry that you didn't like it, but I thought this was a very funny, very cute movie that happened to have some baseball elements in it. Give it a break."