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>
The Pirate's manager in the play-off game was played by former major league player and coach Sibby Sisty. See more »
When Iris is reading the paper about Roy's slump, none of the headlines actually match the story being written about and seem totally unrelated to the headline. One example where the headline reads, "Knights at Wrigley Today," is actually about a polo tournament in Houston Texas. 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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That's how I personally summed up this movie when I first saw it. And what better place to couch a fairy tale than in a milieu with real legends like Ruth and DiMaggio and Mantle ... or fabulous ones like "The Whammer" and Roy Hobbs. The story of a man playing the game they way it SHOULD be played, wishing while injured that his father could have seen him, and coming through in the clutch for his father, his lady, and his son. Beautifully shot by Caleb Deschanel, this isn't just a movie, this is ARTWORK.
And who could forget the soundtrack written by Randy Newman, which has found its way into virtually every sports show on the tube at one time or another. Without a doubt, his best handiwork.
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