库尔特·拉塞尔 helped 罗恩·谢尔顿 develop the script and was originally penciled in to play Crash, the part that went to 凯文·科斯特纳. After the film was made, Russell was so impressed, he actually wrote fan letters to Costner and Shelton.
The bar scene takes place in Mitch's Tavern on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, North Carolina, across the street from NC State University. Today, in Mitch's there are a few mementos from the movie: framed film still of Crash Davis and Annie Savoy (autographed by 苏珊·萨兰登 and 凯文·科斯特纳) and the glass door which Nuke Laloosh breaks is framed. The furniture, fixtures, and layout of the tavern largely remain the same as they were in 1988.
In their confrontation outside the bar, Crash tells Nuke, "I hear you couldn't hit water if you fell out of a fucking boat." Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said this in 1984, in reference to weak-hitting San Diego Padres infielder Kurt Bevacqua.
The bull billboard offering a "free steak" if it gets tagged by a home run was created for the film. The real-life team kept it, even after moving to a newer, bigger stadium, Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Even today, if a player hits the bull on the fly with a home run, he wins a free steak from a local restaurant, and if the player hits the grass that the bull stands on, he wins a free salad.
The "rainout" scene was based on actual event. In the late 1960s, 罗恩·谢尔顿 played minor-league ball in the Texas League. Shelton's team was in Amarillo, Texas for a season-ending series. The night before the final game, Shelton, some teammates and some Amarillo players were out partying and decided to go to the stadium and turn on the sprinkler system, thereby flooding the field and ensuring a "rainout". However, the Amarillo team owner rented a helicopter, dried the field, and the game was played.
The movie was filmed on location in North Carolina in October and November, 1987, which is why the grass had to be touched up with green paint. It is also why the breath of the actors can be seen in many of the night scenes.
When 罗恩·谢尔顿 pitched the film, he had a hard time convincing a studio to give him the opportunity to direct. Baseball movies were not considered a viable commercial prospect at the time and every studio passed except for Orion Pictures who gave him a $9 million budget (with many cast members accepting lower than usual salaries because of the material), an eight-week shooting schedule and creative freedom. The film's success helped spark a boom of baseball movies in the years afterward, which included Major League, Field of Dreams, Eight Men Out, and A League of Their Own.
In 2003, a 15th anniversary celebration of the film at the National Baseball Hall of Fame was cancelled by Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey. Petroskey, who was on the White House staff during the Reagan administration, told 蒂姆·罗宾斯 that the actor's public opposition to the US-led war in Iraq helped to "undermine the U.S. position, which could put our troops in even more danger." 凯文·科斯特纳, a self-described libertarian, defended Robbins and 苏珊·萨兰登, saying, "I think Tim and Susan's courage is the type of courage that makes our democracy work. Pulling back this invite is against the whole principle about what we fight for and profess to be about."
罗恩·谢尔顿 cast 凯文·科斯特纳 because of the actor's natural athleticism. He was a former high school baseball player and was able to hit two home runs while the cameras were rolling and, according to Shelton, insisted "on throwing runners out even when they (the cameras) weren't rolling".
The costume designer did a little research and learned that the last baseball jersey number director 罗恩·谢尔顿 ever wore as a minor league player was number 8. So she gave Crash Davis (凯文·科斯特纳) that number.
Producer Thom Mount (who is part owner of the real Durham Bulls) hired Pete Bock, a former semi-pro baseball player, as a consultant on the film. Bock recruited more than a dozen minor-league players, ran a tryout camp to recruit an additional 40 to 50 players from lesser ranks, hired several minor-league umpires and conducted two-a-day workouts and practice games with 蒂姆·罗宾斯 pitching and 凯文·科斯特纳 catching. Bock made sure the actors looked and acted like ballplayers and that the real players acted convincingly in front of the cameras. He said, "the director would say, 'This is the shot we want. What we need is the left fielder throwing a one-hopper to the plate. Then we need a good collision at the plate.' I would select the players I know could do the job, and then we would go out and get it done".
According to director 罗恩·谢尔顿 in the DVD commentary, he came up with the name Ebbie Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (蒂姆·罗宾斯) after being served in a restaurant by a waiter named Ebbie Calvin "Nook" LaRoosh. Shelton thought it was a stand-out name and changed the spelling of the nickname and last name.
In the scene where the Bulls have returned from the long road trip, Annie is seen at the game wearing a black veil and appearing as if she had just come from a funeral. This is because the previous scene, where Annie attends Max Patkin's funeral, was deleted in post-production. 罗恩·谢尔顿 had written a scene where Max was killed in a car crash during the season.
The "big club" is referenced several times during the movie, though it is never made completely clear what major league team the Bulls are affiliated with. At the time of the filming, the Durham Bulls were a Carolina League Single A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. As of 2013, the Durham Bulls are the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Near the end of the movie, Annie quotes some poetry in a voiceover and then says "That was Thomas Gray... or William Cullen Bryant, I forget which." It was indeed Thomas Gray, and it was taken from "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard".
When Nuke says, "Annie, I know you're in there, I can hear that crazy Mexican music," the song on the phonograph is 'Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien'. It is a famous recording by 'Edith Piaf', who is singing in French.
During a conversation between Crash and Nuke on the team bus, a newspaper's sports page is shown briefly with a headline reading "Hard-hittin' Whiten". At the time the movie was filmed in 1987, Mark Whiten was a top prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays in the South Atlantic League and made that league's All-Star Game. Whiten said he missed his brief moment of fame when he first saw the movie in the theatre, but caught it when he rented it later. Whiten went on to have a fairly ordinary 11-year career in the majors highlighted by one 1993 game in which he tied two major league records with four homers and 12 RBI.
Originally, after Annie and Crash have their argument in Crash's apartment, there was a scene in which Annie and Crash go to a bar and have a heart-to-heart talk. In the talk, Crash asks Annie why she loves baseball so much. She explains that several years before, her estranged father passed away and that the funeral took place in Florida. She was so distraught after the funeral that she wandered off and ended up at the New York Yankees spring training facility where she met legendary Yankees catcher, Thurman Munson (thus explaining her shrine to Munson seen in the film). From then on, she developed a deep-rooted love of the game. According to 罗恩·谢尔顿 in the DVD commentary, he cut that scene out when it was received poorly during a test screening. After the scene was removed, a second test screening was done and the movie received a high score.
According to 罗恩·谢尔顿, "I wrote a very early script about minor league baseball; the only thing it had in common with Bull Durham was that it was about a pitcher and a catcher." That script was titled, The Player To Be Named Later; a single anecdote from that script made it into Bull Durham. For this film, Shelton "decided to see if a woman could tell the story" and "dictated that opening monologue on a little micro-recorder while I was driving around North Carolina." After Shelton returned to Los Angeles from his road trip, he wrote the script in "about twelve weeks."
For years, 罗恩·谢尔顿 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".
When Nuke is giving his interview at the big league stadium after being called up to the majors, he's wearing a t-shirt for the ska-punk band Fishbone. 蒂姆·罗宾斯 in real life is a huge fan of the band. Fishbone would also feature in the movie 音乐潮人 (1988), released later that same year, starring Robbins and 约翰·库萨克, who is also a big fan of Fishbone.
The field where the Durham Bulls played in the movie still has the original bull on the outfield fence. But they had to move the bull from right field to left field because they had to redo the right field fencing.
宝拉·阿巴杜 incorrectly believed that in exchange for choreographing 蒂姆·罗宾斯' bar dance moves, she would get a line or two in the movie. When told that no such deal was agreed upon, Abdul "marched off screaming," according to 罗恩·谢尔顿.
Early in the film 凯文·科斯特纳's character states that he thinks 李·哈维 acted alone. A few years later he would star in 刺杀肯尼迪 (1991), whose protagonist believes Oswald did not act alone and was possibly a fall guy for the Kennedy assassination.
The team's manager tells Crash that the team in Visalia is looking for a manager. 凯文·科斯特纳 went to school for a year at Mt. Whitney HS in Visalia, California, which had - and still has - a single-A team.
When Crash Davis first arrives to the Durham Bulls, he mentions Larry Hockett pitching for El Paso when Crash was batting for Shreveport in the Texas League five years prior. In 1983, there were Texas League teams in the mentioned cities, the El Paso Diablos and Shreveport Captains. Both teams still exist in the Texas League under new names. The Diablos became the Springfield Cardinals, and the Captains became the Frisco Roughriders.
The studio thought that 苏珊·萨兰登 was too old and not funny enough to play Annie. So producer Thom Mount had Sarandon (who was 41 during production) go to Orion Pictures co-founder 迈克·麦达沃伊's office in a tight dress and lean over his desk for half an hour. "As a rule, most studio executives' strong suit isn't imagination," Sarandon recalled to Sports Illustrated in 2012. "So when you're trying to get a part, it helps for them to be able to envision you in the part. I definitely didn't go in there in a T-shirt and jeans. I remember I had on an off-the-shoulder red-and-white-striped dress. It was very form-fitting. It was understood what I had to do."
In one scene, 'Nuke' LaLoosh (蒂姆·罗宾斯) gives up a home run that strikes the bull, supposedly rewarding the opposing hitter with a free steak. In reality, at the old Durham Athletic Park, the bull was in foul territory.
尼克·诺特, one of the biggest male stars at the time, turned down the lead because he had just finished several movies back-to-back, and, most importantly, because he isn't a fan of baseball. Nolte famously played a footballer in 达拉斯猛龙 (1979), a movie he co-wrote.
According to the audio commentary for 蚁人 (2015), the director, 佩顿·里德, drove a van as a production assistant for the production of 百万金臂 (1988). He says he has a picture of 苏珊·萨兰登 autographing his forehead.
In one memorable scene, the 蒂姆·罗宾斯 character sings a song incorrectly, using the word "wooly". Four years after the movie's release, the Durham Bulls named a new mascot. Since the Depression, the mascot had been a bull, but in 1992, they created the character "Wool E. Bull", which sounds like "wooly" but has "E" for "education".
In the first few years after the film's release, 罗恩·谢尔顿 considered where the characters would be, specifically whether Annie would follow Crash to his managing job in Visalia. But now that the actors are over 25 years older, it's apparently no longer under consideration.
Annie tells Crash that, for work, she teaches part-time at "Alamance Junior College". There is an Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina, about 30 miles from Durham, which may be what Annie is referring to.
凯文·科斯特纳's casting over 库尔特·拉塞尔 as Crash Davis led to several intersections and coincidences between the actors over the next two decades. Both starred as Wyatt Earp in competing projects, Russell in 墓碑镇 (1993) and Costner in 义海倾情 (1994). They co-starred in 惊天骇地 (2001). Russell replaced Costner as Ace Woody in 被解救的姜戈 (2012), but Russell left the project and the character was excised from the film. Finally, both actors played the father of a comic book character: Costner as Jonathan Kent, adopted father of Clark Kent/Superman in 超人：钢铁之躯 (2013) and 蝙蝠侠大战超人：正义黎明 (2016), and Russell as Ego, father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord, in 银河护卫队2 (2017).
Danny Gans, who had a small role as a third baseman, went on to great fame as a Las Vegas entertainer. Known as "The Man of Many Voices," he had a long-running show at the Mirage Hotel and it was voted top show in Las Vegas for ten consecutive years from 1998-2008. They even named the theater after him. He died on May 1, 2009.
The soundtrack song, "When a Woman Loves a Man", is regularly confused with the Percy Sledge song, "When A Man Loves A Woman", written by Charlie Midnight and Dan Hartman. The correct attribution (Bernie Hanighen, Gordon Jenkins and Johnny Mercer) is given in the film credits, but in online sources and on soundtrack and other CDs, the songwriters are incorrectly identified as Midnight and Hartman.
There really was a ballplayer named "Crash" Davis. 罗恩·谢尔顿 found his name in a baseball listing as a minor leaguer and American Legion player. Realizing that he would have to have the permission of the real Davis to use his name (and thus avoid a lawsuit). When Shelton approached Davis, he was asked "Do I (meaning 凯文·科斯特纳) get the girl in the end?" Shelton told him he does and Davis signed off his permission.
Crash Davis hits his 247th home run to set a minor league record. In 2015, Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens hit his 437th minor league home run to set a new record. At the time of the movie (1988), the minor league record was 433, set by Buzz Artlett in 1937. Crash would've been closer to the International League record of 257, which was set by Hessman.