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The Natural (1984)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  11 May 1984 (USA)
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An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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baseball team | team | tree | lightning | 1930s | See more »

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The best there was! See more »

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Drama | Sport

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11 May 1984 (USA)  »

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El mejor  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$48,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The quote by Roy Hobbs about what it takes to be a big leaguer; "you have to have a lot of little boy in you", was actually a quote by Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella. See more »

Goofs

When Roy splinters "Wonderboy", we clearly see from the shot behind home plate that the swing didn't break the bat. But as he walks back to the batter's box, the bat is in two. See more »

Quotes

The Judge: I thought I could rely on your honor!
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Connections

Referenced in Frasier: The Unnatural (1997) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor
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User Reviews

 
Superb Film
24 June 2005 | by (Farmington Hills, MI) – See all my reviews

One of my all time favorites. Everything about this movie appears authentic. From the time period, to the baseball scenes. These guys really look like a baseball team.

Redford is low-key and stoic, but he hits just the right note for the character. Everybody else, especially Robert Duvall and Wilford Brimley, are fantastic.

A touching story, without being hokey. You get the feeling you are watching something mystical and magical along with all the characters in the movie, and it is played with just the right note.

Thrilling and inspiring. A well-made, well-acted film.


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