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The Natural -- An average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.
The Natural -- An average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

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Release Date:
11 May 1984 (USA) See more »
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The best there was! See more »
Plot:
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Book Schmook! The Movie is VASTLY superior! See more (158 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Redford ... Roy Hobbs

Robert Duvall ... Max Mercy

Glenn Close ... Iris Gaines

Kim Basinger ... Memo Paris

Wilford Brimley ... Pop Fisher

Barbara Hershey ... Harriet Bird

Robert Prosky ... The Judge

Richard Farnsworth ... Red Blow

Joe Don Baker ... The Whammer

John Finnegan ... Sam Simpson

Alan Fudge ... Ed Hobbs
Paul Sullivan Jr. ... Young Roy
Rachel Hall ... Young Iris

Robert Rich III ... Ted Hobbs

Michael Madsen ... Bump Bailey

Jon Van Ness ... John Olsen
Mickey Treanor ... Doc Dizzy
George Wilkosz ... Bobby Savoy
Anthony J. Ferrara ... Coach Wilson
Philip Mankowski ... Hank Benz

Danny Aiello III ... Emil LaJong
Joe Castellano ... Allie Stubbs
Eddie Cipot ... Gabby Laslow
Ken Grassano ... Al Fowler
Robert Kalaf ... Cal Baker
Barry Kivel ... Pat McGee
Steven Kronovet ... Tommy Hinkle
James Meyer ... Dutch Schultz

Mike Starr ... Boone (as Michael Starr)
Sam Green ... Murphy

Martin Grey ... Additional Knight
Joseph Mosso ... Additional Knight
Richard Oliveri ... Additional Knight
Lawrence Couzens ... Additional Knight
Duke McGuire ... Additional Knight
Stephen Poliachik ... Additional Knight
Kevin Lester ... Additional Knight
Joseph Charboneau ... Additional Knight
Robert Rudnick ... Additional Knight
Ken Kamholz ... Additional Knight
Sibby Sisti ... Pirates Manager
Phillip D. Rosenberg ... Pitcher Youngberry
Christopher B. Rehbaum ... Pitcher John Rhoades
Nicholas Koleff ... Umpire Augie
Jerry Stockman ... Umpire Babe
James Quamo ... Memorial Game Umpire
Joe Strnad ... Final Game Home Plate Umpire (as Joseph Strnad)
James Mohr ... Al
Ralph Tabakin ... Al's Customer
Dennis Gould ... Carnival Boy
Joshua Abbey ... Home Plate Photographer
Gayle Vance ... Maid at Party
George Scheitinger ... League Official
Peter Poth ... Dr. Knobb
Bernie McInerney ... Hospital Doctor
Elizabeth Ann Klein ... Stern Nurse
Charles Sergis ... Newsreel Narrator (voice)
Edward Walsh ... Newsreel Presenter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Atienza ... Young Roy Hobbs (uncredited)

Sean Collins ... Additional Knight (uncredited)

Diane H. Kelly ... One of Gus' Girls (uncredited)

Darren McGavin ... Gus Sands (uncredited)
Brian Reingold ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Jack Scalia ... Cubs Pitcher (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Levinson 
 
Writing credits
Bernard Malamud (novel)

Roger Towne  and
Phil Dusenberry 

Produced by
Philip M. Breen .... executive producer
Robert F. Colesberry .... associate producer
Mark Johnson .... producer
Roger Towne .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Randy Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Caleb Deschanel 
 
Film Editing by
Christopher Holmes (final cut)
Stu Linder 
 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
 
Set Decoration by
John Sweeney 
Bruce Weintraub 
 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
Bernie Pollack 
 
Makeup Department
Tom Hoerber .... makeup artist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Bunny Parker .... hair stylist (as Bernadette Parker)
 
Production Management
Peter Burrell .... additional unit production manager (as Peter J. Burrell)
Robert F. Colesberry .... unit production manager
Tom Razzano .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Crowley .... first assistant director
Tom Davies .... second assistant director
Thompson O'Sullivan .... dga trainee
Carol Smetana .... second assistant director
Chris Soldo .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator: New York
Barry Bedig .... property master
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Joe Garlington .... propmaker
David Goldstein .... lead painter
Speed Hopkins .... art director: New York
James J. Murakami .... art director: Los Angeles
Robert Müller .... construction coordinator: Los Angeles
Gregory Puchalski .... sign painter
Mike Villarino .... propmaker
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Tod Scott Brody .... sound effects editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
John Keating .... sound transfer
Jimmy Ling .... sound effects editor
Chris McLaughlin .... production sound
Andrew Patterson .... sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... sound effects editor
Bill Phillips .... supervising sound editor
Hal Sanders .... sound effects editor
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Stuebe .... production sound (as James Stuebe)
Jeff Wexler .... production sound
Paul Pavelka .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gregg Bond .... special effects prop artist
Linda Bond .... special effects artist
Roger Hansen .... special effects
Eric Roberts .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Dorney .... visual effects
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects still photographer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt double: Michael Madson
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Brown .... assistant camera (as Bob Brown)
Craig Denault .... camera operator
Alan R. Disler .... assistant camera
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Clyde Hart .... key grip
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Bob E. Krattiger .... lamp operator
Gábor Kövér .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott Rathner .... additional second assistant camera
Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Lisa Clarkson .... additional casting
Louis DiGiaimo .... additional casting
Pamela Guest .... casting assistant
Mary Jo Markey .... extras casting
Una McClure .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jules Melillo .... costume supervisor
Sue Moore .... key costumer
James W. Tyson .... costume supervisor
Donald J. Sutherland .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Andy Blumenthal .... additional editor
Battle Davis .... additional editor
Jere Huggins .... additional editor
Neil Kirk .... apprentice film editor
Liz Randol .... assistant editor (as Liza Randol)
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
David Foster .... song producer
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Joe Tuley .... music editor
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Rick Mercier .... transportation coordinator (as Richard Mercier)
 
Other crew
Ted Bafaloukos .... creative consultant
Robert Bean .... production consultant
Sherrie Bradshaw .... assistant production accountant
Casey Brown .... production assistant
Rick Cerrone .... baseball consultant
Joe D'Alessandro .... production assistant
Kevin Duncan .... production assistant
Anthony J. Ferrara .... baseball trainer
Lynn Goldman .... location manager
Ann Guerin .... publicist
Ken Hendler .... baseball trainer
Shelley Houis .... production coordinator
Ricky Jay .... technical consultant
Malcolm Kahn .... production consultant
Gene Kirby .... baseball consultant
Kathy Kristich .... production assistant
Ann Luly .... misc crew
Patrick Markey .... production executive
Tom Paolucci .... craft service
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Stratton Rawson .... location manager
Frank 'Spec' Shea .... baseball throwing instructor
Gary Stanek .... location manager
Timothy Klein .... Stand In: Richard Farnsworth (uncredited)
Kathy Porter .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen R. Powell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bob Richthammer .... set production assistant (uncredited)
David Lee Walton .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
138 min | USA:144 min (Director's Cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
While late actor Darren McGavin had a major supporting role as the bookmaker Gus Sands respectively, McGavin received no credit for his role in the film. In the recent retrospective documentary on the Special Edition DVD of "The Natural", actor Robert Prosky, who plays the Judge, claims that McGavin was cast late in the picture and would have to receive a lesser billing than the other stars. As a result, McGavin chose to go uncredited. Prosky also noted that McGavin wound up "drawing more attention to himself" as a result.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Iris is reading the paper about Roy's slump, none of the headlines actually match the story being written about and seem totally unrelated to the headline. One example where the headline reads, "Knights at Wrigley Today," is actually about a polo tournament in Houston Texas.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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What was up with the woman shooting Roy? Why did she do that?
Is this based on a book?
How does the film differ from the novel?
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38 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Book Schmook! The Movie is VASTLY superior!, 21 January 2004
Author: budmassey (cyberbarrister@gmail.com) from Indianapolis, IN

As a writer, I am often compelled to read the books on which my favorite movies are based. Since its original release, I have loved The Natural as one of my favorite movies of all time, but it was only recently that I read Bernard Malamud's novel on which the movie was based. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was.

Malamud was a great writer, and was best known for winning a Pulitzer and the National Book award for The Fixer. His award winning work usually dealt with themes closer to his own heart, and Malamud didn't seem to "get" baseball in this book. Either that, or he had some axe to grind about baseball, and wanted us to hate it and all the people involved in it.

The Natural was Malamud's first novel and, as such, it suffers from shallow, simplistic characters, a muddy, at times almost unintelligible plot, and poorly attenuated subplots that almost seem like afterthoughts or clumsy devices slathered on to shore up weak story objectives. He does, however, have a historical understanding of baseball, and most of the events related to baseball in this story are composites of everything from the Black Sox to Babe Ruth to Christie Matheson and a string of other legends.

The main character, Roy Hobbs, is almost certainly based on the real life character Eddie Waitkus, and Malamud does little to imbue him with likable traits that would deepen him as a literary character. He even throws in a little Joe Jackson to compromise the character even further. The fact that he is called "Roy" is an obvious allusion to Sir Thomas Malory's 15th century opus "Le Morte D'Arthur." (Recall that "roi" is French for "king.") Why Malamud chose this story as a model is a mystery, since although he goes to great lengths to reinforce the Aurthurian connection (the baseball team is called the "Knights", the bat, "Wonderboy" is obviously "Excalibur"), he creates little of the Arthurian heroism in Roy Hobbes, or, for that matter, the sport of baseball as an allegory for the jousting of Chivalric heroes.

The character of The Whammer, played in the movie beautifully, if all too briefly, by Joe Don Baker, is more Ruth than Ruth, but he's gone in a flash, leaving yet another heroic void in the original story. And the women in The Natural are shallow, conniving and cheap and I have never been able to understand Malamud's literary allusions with regard to Morgan LeFave and Guinnevere, the women in Arthur's life. The Bad Guys in the book are ALL Bad, everyone else is mostly neutral, and there isn't any real good, or anything uplifting or affirming or positive in the whole thing.

Thank god for the movie. Barry Levinson's direction is gilded and glowing, and the whole film has a luminous aura that seems magical and enchanted and, compared to the wooden novel from which it came, a satisfying recast of the Arthurian legend. The screenplay was done by Roger Towne, who recently gave us The Recruit, and the changes he made to the story make all the difference in the world; less literary, perhaps, but more beautiful and elegant and not nearly so cynical and pessimistic. Compared to the Levinson/Johnson magic, the novel is almost amateurish, and recalls Ayn Rand's facile characters and stories, didactic and pedantic, and almost completely obscuring the Arthurian magic that Levinson coaxes from the story.

Once, when I had the chance to mention personally to Mark Johnson how beautiful The Natural was, he responded with a sincere modesty that fit the innocent tone of the movie, and he even gave me a keepsake from the film that I have to this day as a reminder of just how amazing an achievement this movie was, coming from so flawed a novel.

This was the first movie in which I loved Redford. He was older and deeper as an actor, and this was the beginning of his real golden age. Glenn Close was delightfully virginal and beautiful as a character almost completely created by the screenwriter, not the novelist. Kim Basinger is gorgeous and dangerous as the femme fatal, a portrayal that she would echo in her Oscar winning turn in L.A. Confidential.

Randy Newman's brilliant score was recycled a dozen times in subsequent movies, but none captured the beauty and nostalgia of The Natural. There are only a handful of movies so magnificently driven by their score, and The Natural remains Newman's best and most satisfying work.

In short, this is the best baseball movie ever. Whereas Malamud wanted to show baseball as jaundiced and commercial, Towne's screenplay shows us the baseball we loved as kids, and more. Malamud's dark and wholly unsatisfying ending is also rewritten, and if you find the final scene a little sweet, ask yourself if you really wanted to see the dismal finale that Malamud supplied.

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