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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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11 May 1984 (USA)  »

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El mejor  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$48,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Newspaper copy on screen doesn't match the accompanying headlines about Roy Hobbs and The New York Knights. The text actually contains stories about bass fishing, horse racing, funeral services for White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, a fan of the New York Giants, and a sports column about General John J. Phelan, who was (actual) chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission in the late 1930s. See more »

Goofs

In the game where Hobbs breaks the Wrigley Field clock, his homer ends the game, as everyone in the stands begins to leave and Hobbs gets mobbed by the press. But since the Knights were the visitors, the Cubs get to bat last. See more »

Quotes

Red Blow: Pretty good food, huh?
Roy Hobbs: Damn good.
Red Blow: You can't spell it, but it eats pretty good, don't it?
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Spoofed in BASEketball (1998) See more »

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The Majors: The Mind Is A Strange Thing
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Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman
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A delightful fable pulled off believably and
6 July 2000 | by (New Hampshire, USA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching this movie. It seems like the very embodiment of the Hollywood cliche - a noble hero overcoming difficulty to achieve his dream...but somehow, The Natural manages to pull it off in a very un-glamorized way. Take the hero - he's 35 years old! It just seems refreshing not to always have a dashing young fellow of twenty as the main character. And then - an ulcerated stomach? What kind of an obstacle is that? Not a Hollywood one, I'll tell you that. This hero is actually believable - and Robert Redford plays him handsomely. He makes Roy Hobbs a real person, and a gentleman. I recommend The Natural for any Robert Redford fan, baseball fan - and anyone who just wants to see a neat, entertaining movie with a main character you can really root for.


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