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The Natural (1984)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 11 May 1984 (USA)
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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Boyhood dreams, a bat made from a tree struck by lightning and most importantly, a never-ending passion for the game. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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11 May 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mejor  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,088,381, 13 May 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,951,979
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Trivia

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 sixteenth 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 »

Goofs

When young Hobbs pitches at a circle that his father drew on the side of the barn, he breaks one of the boards. After a cutaway, the next close up shows that a different board is broken. See more »

Quotes

Al: You guys. You know, people are always running down amazing things. This guy Hobbs, you ain't seen nothing yet. I got a feeling...
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Connections

Spoofed in The Natural (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Whammer Strikes Out
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Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman
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A 20th Century Fairy Tale
19 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

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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