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The Natural -- Robert Redford stars in the inspiring fable of a baseball player's major league dreams and the mysterious woman who shatters them.
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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11 May 1984 (USA) See more »
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An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (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)
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  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)
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
Jack W. Haddox .... production accountant: 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
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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Also Known As:
138 min | USA:144 min (Director's Cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

A newspaper in the latter part of the movie shows a date of 7 June 1939.See more »
Factual errors: Bump Bailey's bronze plaque shown briefly after his funeral is misspelled "IN MEMORIUM"; the correct spelling is "MEMORIAM."See more »
Roy Hobbs:I'll take some coffee, then.
[Hobbs finds ball and glove on couch after viewing framed photos placed on furniture]
Iris Gaines:It's my son's. he means the world to me. he's a great kid.
Roy Hobbs:I'll bet he is. I'd like to meet him.
Iris Gaines:He's coming pretty soon.
Roy Hobbs:Is he with his father?
Iris Gaines:No. His father lives in New York. But, I'm thinking he needs his father; he's at that age. He needs him.
Roy Hobbs:Sure. A father makes all the difference.
Iris Gaines:[music starts as she turns her gaze away from the conversation and whispers] Yeah.
[looks at son's photo, turns to Hobbs and embraces him]
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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A 20th Century Fairy Tale, 19 December 1998
Author: Loren-3 from Cleveland, OH

That's how I personally summed up this movie when I first saw it. And what better place to couch a fairy tale than in a milieu with real legends like Ruth and DiMaggio and Mantle ... or fabulous ones like "The Whammer" and Roy Hobbs. The story of a man playing the game they way it SHOULD be played, wishing while injured that his father could have seen him, and coming through in the clutch for his father, his lady, and his son. Beautifully shot by Caleb Deschanel, this isn't just a movie, this is ARTWORK.

And who could forget the soundtrack written by Randy Newman, which has found its way into virtually every sports show on the tube at one time or another. Without a doubt, his best handiwork.

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