by Steve Warren
With a title like Bull Durham a
movie's begging critics to chew it up
and spit it out. No way. 1 don't give
a shit about baseball or hetero sex.
buy I enjoyed the hell out of this
movie about both. Debuting
director Ron Shelton works from his
own script, the best since
Moonstruck, and scores a home run
his first time at bat.
Bull Durham is loaded with
insights about life, love and minor
league baseball. Susan Sarandon
sleeps with one member of the
Durham Bulls each season. This
year it's between Tim Robbins, the
wild young pitcher ("He fucks like he
pitches-sorta all over the place"),
and Kevin Costner. the veteran
catcher who scares her because she
can't tie him to the bed and read to
him from Walt Whitman ("A guy'll
listen to anything if he thinks it's
foreplay"). She's got to be on top
and she knows Costner, without
being sexist about it, won't let her.
"I love macho male bonding,"
Sarandon quips in one of the
movie's many jibes at its own
conventions, 'even if it is probably
latent homosexuality rechanneled.
As long as it's rechanneled, who
cares?" Training Robbins as if he
were the Karate Kid. she gets him to
wear a black lace garter under his
uniform. He jumps when Costner
reaches to adjust it for him, but
later thinks, 'This underwear feels
kinda sexy. Don't make me queer,
does it? No, I ain't queer." Macho
hangups are also addressed in an
umpire's reaction to being called a
So you see. Bull Durham's about
more than sex and baseball, but it's
one of the best movies ever on those
Red Heat opens in a Soviet coed
bathhouse, where men pump while
women soak, and nobody touches
each other. The men, including
Arnold Schwarzenegger, wear little
aprons that cover them in front but
have only ties hanging down the
cracks of their asses in back. Amie
beats the shit out of some guys
there; but it's okay -he's a cop.
Later his partner tells him he's lost
the nickname "Iron Jaw" and is now
known as "Round Head" instead:
"ActuaUy, I'm circumsized myself."
His Russian partner also predicts
that as bad as the drug problem has
gotten in the USSR in the last ten
years, "In another ten years it'll be
like Miami." Then his partner is
killed and Arnie's sent to Chicago
after the killer, who is over here
arranging for drugs to be sent to the
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Soviet Union. Amid a lot of political
talk, both comic and serious, Jim
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pursuit of their man, including
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transvestite nurse who murders a
Directed by Walter Hill, Red
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Schwarzenegger and Belushi are
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chemistry as partners; I'm not eager
for their almost inevitable reteaming
in Moscow In Red Heat 11. Actually.
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