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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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He lived for a dream that wouldn't die. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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11 May 1984 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$48,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The second film ever released by TriStar Pictures. It was supposed to be the first film ever released by the new TriStar Pictures, but they felt baseball movies don't do well, so instead Where the Boys Are (1984) was released first, in April 1984, with The Natural following in May 1984. This according to a recent interview of director Barry Levinson on Costas at the Movies. See more »

Goofs

The baseball cards of Roy Hobbs rolling off the printing press are clearly meant to be those manufactured by the Playball Company (which produced cards from 1939-41). And though the film takes place during the 1939 season, the card style corresponded to Playball's 1941 set. See more »

Quotes

Roy Hobbs: The only thing I know about the dark is you can't see in it.
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Referenced in Married with Children: The Unnatural (1990) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor
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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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