Cinema: I Sing the Body Athletic BULL DURHAM

Directed and Written by Ron Shelton

Have you noticed that baseball players are getting better looking? The old style -- paunchy Babe Ruth, ferrety Bob Feller, the sunken Dust Bowl visages of players in the '30s -- has surrendered to today's sleek, chipper California look. Keith Hernandez, Dave Righetti, Jose Canseco, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro and a hundred others have the handsomeness of soap-opera stars. And their fine swagger italicizes the sexiness of contemporary sport. These guys know they're the studs of summer.

Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) knows it too. She is a true believer in the church of baseball. Each season she selects the most promising...

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