Bull Durham, 1988

  • Tuesday July 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Bull Durham, 1988
Ron Shelton
108 minutes

Bull Durham works equally as a love story, a baseball fable and a comedy, while ignoring the clichés of each genre. David Ansen, Newsweek

This American romantic comedy sports film is based in part upon the minor-league baseball experiences of writer and director Ron Shelton. "Crash" Davis, a veteran of 12 years in minor league baseball, is sent down to the single-A Durham Bulls, of Durham, North Carolina, for a specific purpose: to educate hotshot rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin LaLoosh about becoming a major-league talent. The two get off to a rocky start, and Annie, a "baseball groupie" and lifelong spiritual seeker who has latched onto the "Church of Baseball," adds to the tensions driving the film. Bull Durham became a minor hit when released and is now considered one of the best sports movies of all time.

Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films is a summer extension of the lecture series. This film-based weekly program runs through the summer months and strives to continue the consideration of ideas and issues pertaining to the art and architecture of the Modern, as well as to contemporary art in general. The screenings this summer focus on the films and recommendations of the artist Takashi Murakami. Visit www.themodern.org/films for more information.

To create a full experience, these presentations include a brief introduction and opportunity for discussion following the films. Seating is available in the Modern's auditorium at 6:30 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm. The museum's galleries are open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series. This program is free and open to the public. Up to two free tickets can be obtained at the information desk beginning at 5 pm the day of the screening.