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The Fan (1996)

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

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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)  »

Also Known As:

El fanático  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,271,406, 18 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,573,791, 10 November 1996
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2.35 : 1
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Charles Hallahan and John Leguizamo appeared in Executive Decision (1996) and The Pest (1997). See more »

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On his way back to the baseball game to pick up his son, Gil drives on the lower deck of Bay Bridge. However, driving into San Francisco should be on the upper deck of Bay Bridge. See more »

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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 »

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LETTING GO
Written by Terence Trent D'Arby and Hans Zimmer
Produced and Performed by Terence Trent D'Arby
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
Published by Triple Star Music Inc./EMI Virgin Songs Inc./Monasteryo Music/AE Copyrights
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An underrated gem!
11 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film centres around Gil (De Niro), an obsessive baseball fan who puts his beloved New York Giants and particularly their new star player Bobby Rayburn (Snipes) above everything else in life. When Rayburn's below par performances have fans and pundits calling for him to be dropped however in favour of rival Juan Primo (Benicio Del Toro) , his number one fan is determined to do whatever it takes to get him back on top....

De Niro shows just why he is one of the best actors around (despite his latest chequebook acting efforts) with this performance as the single minded, baseball obsessive Gill. The character is just as memorable as the menacing Max Cady in Cape Fear and its says something for De Niro who can go from playing psychotic scumbags to green comatose patient (Awakenings) with ease. Snipes puts in a solid performance as the luckless Baseball player with the burden of a huge transfer fee and season of glory resting on his shoulders along with Benicio del Toro as his cocky rival hitter but this is De Niro's film and he does the bad-guy-you-side-with down to a tee! Rent it out now!!!


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