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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 & 6 nominations See more »
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Pick me out a winner Bobby 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
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:
A newspaper in the latter part of the movie shows a date of 7 June 1939.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Roy Hobbs:I guess some mistakes you never stop paying for.See more »
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FAQ

What was up with the woman shooting Roy? Why did she do that?
Is this based on a book?
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Pick me out a winner Bobby, 8 April 2006
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

****SPOILERS**** Wanting to be a professional baseball player since he first picked up a baseball as a little boy Roy Hobbs, Robert Redford, was on his way to becoming one when he was shot and almost killed by a unstable young woman fan whom he met the day before on a train traveling to Chicago where he was to be signed to play for a major league team.

With all of his hopes of becoming a major leaguer dashed and a faded memory at 19 Hobbs, 16 years later, now at the age of 35 is back from playing a year of semi-pro ball to play in the big leagues and see if he still has it as a middle-age rookie and if he can make the team. Playing anywhere he's needed, on the bottom-dwelling New York Knights, and hoping against hope that the manager Pop Fisher, William Brimley,will put him in the lineup. Pop does reluctantly only to find out that Roy was heaven sent to not only win the pennant for the Knights but to save him from being brought out by a bunch unscrupulous shysters and gangsters from his share of stock he has in the team.

At times corny but still very moving story that despite its unbelievable plot is based on a true story that's almost as incredible as the movie itself. On the evening of June 14, 1949 Phillie first baseman Eddie Waitkus was gunned down in his hotel room by a crazed female fan and admirer. Waitkus with a bullet in his gut was left almost bleeding to death with his future as a professional baseball player non-existent. In only a year Waitkus came back, literary from the dead, to guide the Phillie "Whiz Kids" to the 1950 National League pennant! The "Whiz Kids" Won it on the last day of the season, like Roy Hobbs' Knights did in the movie, against the heavily favored Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

A real crowd pleaser with Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs out to prove to himself, as well as the sports world, that he still has what it takes to be a professional baseball player and comes across his old girlfriend Iris, Glenn Close. Iris unknown to Roy had and is raising his 15 year-old son Ted, Robert Rich III.

The movie "The Natural" has Roy torn between sweet and caring Iris and party girl and gold-digger Memo Paris, Kim Basinger,who together with the sleazy owner of the Knights Judge Prosky and big time bookie and gangster Gus Sands, Darren McGavin, wants Roy to throw the final game with the Pittsburg Pirates. This in order to put out Pop and make a killing betting against the heavily favored Knights.

Playing his heart and guts out Roy's past injury comes back to not only haunt but possibly kill him as his stomach wound opens up causing him to miss three games that the Pirates won. With the pennant on the line Roy, despite orders from his doctor not to, returns for the final do or die game at Knights Stadium and ends it, and his career, with a hot and sizzling Forth of July explosion on a cool windy and lighting struck October evening.

Predictable but still heart-lifting and exciting movie "The Natural" ranks right up there with the best baseball, as well as sports, films ever made. "The Natural" both beautifully and touchingly shows how the human spirit can overcome every obstacle that's thrown in front of it, natural or man made, when it frees itself from all the fears and negativity that's around it.

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