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The Natural (1984)

 -  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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baseball team | team | tree | lightning | 1930s | See more »

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From an age of innocence comes a hero for today. 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)

Gross:

$48,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The quote by Roy Hobbs about what it takes to be a big leaguer; "you have to have a lot of little boy in you", was actually a quote by Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella. See more »

Goofs

When Max Mercy is umpiring the match-up between Hobbs and the Whammer at the carnival, he takes several steps back after the first pitch. Before the next pitch, he is directly behind the catcher in a crouch, and then as Hobbs pitches the ball, he is once again several steps behind the catcher. See more »

Quotes

Bartholomew 'Bump' Bailey: [after failing to catch a fly ball] I lost it in the sun.
Pop Fisher: [looks up at the cloudy sky] Blinding.
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Referenced in The Sandlot (1993) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor
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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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