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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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Writers:
Bernard Malamud (novel)
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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 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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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)

Darren W. Conrad ... Teen on Railroad Track at Carnival (uncredited)
Greg Hinaman ... fan in stands at War Memorial & All-High Stadium (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 (screenplay) and
Phil Dusenberry (screenplay)

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 (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stu Linder 
Christopher Holmes (uncredited)
 
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 .... re-recording mixer
Tod Scott Brody .... sound effects editor
Chris Jenkins .... 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 .... 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)
 
Location Management
Lynn Goldman .... location manager
Stratton Rawson .... location manager
Gary Stanek .... location manager
 
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
Ann Guerin .... publicist
Jack W. Haddox .... production auditor: Los Angeles shoot
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
Frank 'Spec' Shea .... baseball throwing instructor
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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Trivia:
Among images in a montage of Roy's growing fame, we see copies of Life magazine being printed with Roy's picture on the cover. The magazine is dated August 14, 1939. The actual issue of Life magazine published that day had a photo of baby/child actress Sandra Lee Henville.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Roy Hobbs:I guess some mistakes you never stop paying for.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Star Spangled BannerSee more »

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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Transcendence: Into The Light, 31 May 2015
Author: garthbarnes-43498 from United States

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What give this movie its power? Is it baseball? Is it the acting? No, it is deeply, powerfully moral. The morality of the movie decried and abused even way back in 1984 is why it resonates. The ending is meant to be supernatural; Levinson keeps Malumad's satanic imagery and transmutes it into the opposite. The lightning bolt that heralds Hobbs, a nickname for the Devil, by the way, into much more than a baseball player. His goodness is evinced in small ways, his befriending of all children, like Bobby, whose bat saves the team. The goodness he did comes back to him: what a great touch by the master director Levinson. He protects and sides with Pop and Red against the pure evil of the Judge. Notice he likes to live in the dark. He detests the light. Look, I did not write this; the imagery is undeniable. The morality in this movie could not be more dichotomous. Levinson that took a very dark, depressing book about a ballplayer who made a deal with the Devil to be famous; then he was destroyed at the end. The second lightning bolt was in the book; it showed the end of Hobbs.

Levinson and Redford wanted a completely different movie. Redford always likes damaged heroes who come back from great adversity to triumph. He always makes deeply moral films. THE RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT is quintessential Robert Redford. Here, Hobbs becomes the moral center of the team and a battle ensues for his soul with Iris representing goodness, family and God and Memo representing evil, corruption and selfishness. When Iris stands, watch for the sunlight behind her, it shines through her upon him and he hits the baseball shattering the clock and ending his slump Memo began. His stomach blows apart after Memo, urged on, puts that food in his mouth. One always gets the impression she was trying to kill him as she almost does when she tries to shoot him in the Judge's office when he throws the bribe back at him.

Baseball is the surface story if this were all there was it would be as brainless and arid as MAJOR LEAGUE or BULL DURHAM. What gives the movie its power is the moral conflict that underlies the surface; Hobb's soul is in play. The suffering he undergoes, the tragedy that befalls him, his struggle into the Light this is why it is a masterpiece. It is the struggle of all of us, one and all. The acting and the cast are without compare. Close was always an excellent actress, watch PARADISE ROAD, also Duvall, Prosky and Redford are above reproach. Wilford Brimley steals every scene he is in; but all the credit belongs to Barry Levinson who transformed a dark, depressing baseball novel into a morality piece without equal. The ending, which Siskel and Ebert mocked, is the highlight of the entire movie. For two and a half hours we have endured Hobbs struggle; the ending was never intended to be empirical, HELLO?, this is a supernatural film good versus evil. Like the clock, the light comes showering down upon him; I love the shot of the sparks flying in front of Memo and the Judge.

As you listen and watch him take that last stroll across the bases with the sparks transfiguring him with almost a nimbus ask yourself which would you like your children to emulate Roy Hobbs or SIN CITY? Good comes with a great price; it almost kills Hobbs but it is always the right choice, always.

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