An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman. Written by
Keith Loh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Roy Hobbs first joins the Knights, mid-season, the equipment manager declines to give him a uniform with number 11 on it, asserting that the number 11 is "bad luck," and Hobbs winds up with number 9. There is no specific curse or jinx baseball recognizes about the number 11, but the 16th century scholar, Petrus Bungus, said that the number 11 "has no connection with divine things, no ladder reaching up to things above, nor any merit." Rather, he concluded that the number 11 was stuck between the divine numbers 10 and 12, and therefore 11 was pure evil, and represented sinners. See more »
Towards the end of the movie Roy makes a call to Iris on a club house pay phone. The payphone is a 3 slot pay phone which wasn't in service until the 1950s. See more »
I'll take some coffee, then.
[Hobbs finds ball and glove on couch after viewing framed photos placed on furniture]
It's my son's. he means the world to me. he's a great kid.
I'll bet he is. I'd like to meet him.
He's coming pretty soon.
Is he with his father?
No. His father lives in New York. But, I'm thinking he needs his father; he's at that age. He needs him.
Sure. A father makes all the difference.
[music starts as she turns her gaze away from the conversation and whispers]
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This is THE classic sports-Walter Mitty-fantasy movie, with an ending that may seem corny to cynical critics or those who prefer the book, but was perfect for me and a lot of other people.
Granted, I am a little biased in my review since the movie was made in the area in which grew up. Having made many trips to the ballpark in which the movie was filmed, and to the old-fashioned soda shoppe where Robert Redford and Glenn Close re-unite, this movie was special to all of us in Western New York. It always a kick, too, (and a bit odd) to watch the final scene since the opposing pitcher is a personal friend.
I think I would have loved this movie regardless of the "home-field advantage." It's an interesting, involving story that has you really rooting for Redford's character. To have actors like Close, Robert Duvall, Richard Farnsworth, Kim Basinger, Wilfred Brimley, Darren McGavin, Barabara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Joe Don Baker and others in the "lineup" doesn't hurt, either!
The cinematography is beautiful, too. That was something I never really appreciated until after several viewings. There are some wonderfully subdued brown and golden hues in here. This is very pretty motion picture.
All the characters - the good and the bad, and there are plenty of both
are fascinating. It's also nice to see an actor in a baseball film
that actually knows how to throw, hit and field a baseball. This is a great, old-fashioned storytelling.
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