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An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Renard (as Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn)
Richie Renard
Brandon Hammond ...
Sean Rayburn
Leon, the Bartender


Three-times MVP baseball player Bobby Rayburn joins the San Francisco Giants, and obsessive fan, whose profession is selling hunting knives, Gil Renard is excited over that. But Rayburn plays the worst season of his career and Renard tries to do everything to help him, but goes too far. Written by Anonymous

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All baseball fans have a favorite player. This one has a favorite target. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language throughout and some intense violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fanático  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,271,406 (USA) (16 August 1996)


$18,573,791 (USA) (8 November 1996)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tony Scott turned down The Rock (1996) to direct this film. See more »


When Gil opens his appointment book to see if he can do the meeting tomorrow, he turns to Friday where he drew "Opening Day". Even in the 1990's, opening day games always started either Sunday night or Monday. See more »


[first lines]
Gil Renard: [Gil narrating his poem] Excited and anxious, I await my dream / To escape, applaud and embrace my team / Opening day I always can trust / It's just for this high that I crazily lust / Return of our hero does brighten the days / Just briefly my troubles get lost in the haze / The grace from the field arouses the crowd / Reflects on the days when I was quite proud / I'm more entranced than the average fan / I used to play, you see, and I know I still can / That time I drove the ball ...
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Referenced in Major League: Back to the Minors (1998) See more »


Written by Matt Elliss, Stephen Wright, Ian Dury & Chaz Jankel (as Chas Jankel)
Performed by Honky
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by WB Music Corp.
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User Reviews

great movie
22 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't agree at all with the person who said 'Films like "The Fan" come a dime a dozen.' This movies storyline is like no other that I know of. Great camera shots, catchy dialogue and well placed music make the movie all the more interesting the whole way. Robert DeNiro delivers superbly in his role as an extremely obsessive baseball fan, and as all DeNiro fans love and know that in many of his movies he delivers great lines with his powerful facial expressions that makes you intense with anticipation. And in this movie you get great up close shots of Robert DeNiro as he says his lines unlike most of his other films. Supporting actors such as John Leguiziamo and Benicio Del Toro deliver very well each in his own unique roles. This movie was really good in every single way I can think of, very well put together. Wesley Snipes does great in a different role as a father and baseball star, other than him usually being the butt kicking hero of the movie. Overall if you enjoy any Robert DeNiro movie this is a must.

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