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The Fan (1996)

R  |   |  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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Storyline

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin previously starred together in This Boy's Life (1993), which also starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio. John Leguizamo also appeared with DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet (1996). See more »

Goofs

Many baseball scenes were clearly pieced together from different clips. Near the beginning, the Giants are at bat and the Braves are pitching, but the catcher is wearing a Colorado Rockies uniform. The Giants wear road uniforms at home numerous times. A few overhead shots show a football game at Candlestick Park. One scene shows fans in the seats at Candlestick Park, but the next shot is at Coors Field in Colorado. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gil Renard: [voiceover] Excited and anxious I await my dream / To escape, applaud, and embrace my team.
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MANO DE MONO
Written by Woody Weatherman
Performed by Corrosion of Conformity
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC/Mano de Mono Music
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An underrated gem!
11 April 2006 | by (Eire) – 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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