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The Fan (1996)

 -  Action | Drama | Sport  -  16 August 1996 (USA)
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An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

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Ellen Renard (as Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn)
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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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Baseball's $40 million man has always treated the game like a matter of life and death. This time, it really is. See more »


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

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16 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 320,462,900 (Japan) (15 November 1996)

Gross:

JPY 488,949,200 (Japan) (29 November 1996)
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Trivia

Cal Ripken, Jr., who served as a consultant on the film, recalled in Sports Illustrated having lunch with Robert De Niro with De Niro asking him about the Red Sox fans. Ripken also said it was a little creepy meeting De Niro at first since when he did, the method actor was listening to an audio tape of Robert John Bardo, who stalked and later murdered actress Rebecca Schaefer. See more »

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When Garrity goes berserk on the car door with a tanto, you can clearly see he bends the blade to where it's almost at a 90 degree angle, only for it to be perfectly straight later. See more »

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Gil Renard: [voiceover] Excited and anxious I await my dream / To escape, applaud, and embrace my team.
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Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
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Published by Colgems-EMI Music Inc.
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A Tense And Exciting Drama-Thriller!
15 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Fan is about a baseball player who becomes the unhealthy focus on a salesman who is down on his luck. Seeing the rating, I became very interested in seeing this movie. Now I have seen it, and I am glad that I saw it. Why? I'll tell you why. In my honest to goodness point of view, The Fan is a tense and exciting drama thriller that is a very entertaining movie! Another thing that really wanted me to see this movie is the fact that it stars Robert De Niro, who happens to be one of my all time favorite actors. Now getting back to my review, this movie was a very good movie, it was fun, exciting, intense, and at certain times, very suspenseful. The Fan now has to be one of the most underrated movies that I have ever seen, and one of the most underrated Robert De Niro movies that I have ever seen, because I think that the rating in the 5's is rather low for this good movie, a rating in the 6's would be more appropriate. But anyway, I am not letting the rating affect my judgement, this movie is a very good movie, it is a very fun time!

As he is in a lot of the movies that I have seen him in, Robert De Niro is excellent. He plays Gil Renard, a salesmen who takes an unhealthy liking for a professional baseball player named Bobby Rayburn, played by Wesley Snipes. No matter what movie he is in, and no matter what role he plays, Robert De Niro never fails to amuse me with his absolutely incredible acting skills. Even if the movie that he stars in isn't that good, he still manages to do an excellent job. I haven't seen a bad Robert De Niro movie yet, there are something that I like more than others, but I can't say that I have seen one that I absolutely hated. So all in all, Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors who has ever lived. I send my congratulations to Robert De Niro for making yet another movie that I totally and completely enjoyed.

Well all in all, The Fan is a very underrated movie, no wait, it is a criminally underrated movie. You've got to see this movie if you haven't already, because you will probably enjoy it. While I do not think that this movie is a masterpiece of a movie, I nevertheless find it to be a very entertaining and delightful experience! Even if you don't necessarily care for the movie, you probably will like Robert De Niro's performance. Well all in all, this movie is a very entertaining delight, watch it if you haven't seen it already, you will most likely end up really enjoying it! I love Robert De Niro, and I really enjoyed this movie, don't miss out on it.

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