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The Natural (1984)

PG | | 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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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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$48,000,000 (USA)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When Bump crashed through the fence, the batter had a white hat and a uniform trimmed in red. Prior to the pitch being thrown, the runner on second has on a blue hat and blue socks. See more »

Quotes

Pop Fisher: I'd have walked away from baseball and I'd have bought a farm.
Roy Hobbs: Nothing like a farm. Nothing like being around animals, fixing things. There's nothing like being in the field with the corn and the winter wheat. The greenest stuff you ever saw.
Pop Fisher: You know, my mother told me I ought to be a farmer.
Roy Hobbs: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.
Pop Fisher: You're better than anyone I ever had. And you're the best goddamned hitter I ever saw. Suit up.
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Referenced in TruInside: Bull Durham (2016) See more »

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The Old Farm 1939
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Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman
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A 20th Century Fairy Tale
19 December 1998 | by (Cleveland, OH) – 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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