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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

In 2001, Bill Simmons from ESPN Magazine compiled Roy Hobbs 1939 rookie season stats, taking cues from the movie, and his line would've looked something like this: Games Played -115, At Bats-400, Runs-92, Hits-140, Home Runs-44, Runs Batted In-106 Batting Average-.350. Hobbs struck out eighty-five times, and walked seventy-five times. Roy was thirty-five-years-old in his rookie season. See more »

Goofs

One of the newspaper clippings shown has is headlined "Knights on a Hot Streak" but the surrounding text, while sports-related, makes no mention whatsoever of the Knights. See more »

Quotes

Pop Fisher: Batting practice tomorrow, be there!
Roy Hobbs: I have been. Every day.
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Connections

Spoofed in It's Garry Shandling's Show.: The Natural (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Knock The Cover Off The Ball
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Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman
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For Father and Son
25 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

My son and I have watched this movie twice together. I can't think of any other movie we have watched twice--together. I'm 60 and my son is 26. There is the element of magic, of fairy-tale, of other-worldliness; there is the element of the naturalness, the character of Robert Redford; there is the element of baseball, the great sport-love of millions of boys in North America--and me back in the 1950s when I was growing up and dreamed of going to the majors; there's a touch of the sexual with Kim Basinger and Barbara Hershey----one could go on listing the pluses that this movie brings to the viewers. But I think what makes the movie in the end is the magic of Roy Hobbs as he hits a baseball further and harder than anyone ever has or(probably) ever will. Hobbs is the quintessence of the baseball hero and for sports lovers that's their religion. Hobbs is like Jesus come down to earth in the form of a baseball player, yet with sins of omission and commission. So, he's human and a superhero all at once.


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