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The Fan (1996)

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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Tim
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Sean Rayburn
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Coop
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Bernie
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Scalper
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Leon, the Bartender
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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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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

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$18,573,791 (USA) (8 November 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The knife that Gil gives to Bobby Rayburn's son to pose with is a Gerber EZ-Out. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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Connections

Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"A Simple Thank You Would Have Been Nice"
26 September 2001 | by (Gresham, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This movie wasn't as bad as everyone says. I think it's safe to say that I am a fan of Robert De Niro, and that will certainly help if you like Robert De Niro to enjoy this movie. But I didn't enjoy this movie solely on the fact that I like De Niro, I thought Snipes gave an equally choice performance. The thrills in this movie were small, but they were satisfying. The ending is, without a doubt, the best part. There were other good thrills though, like the freezer scene.

I must say that I liked this movie a good deal. Its is not without its flaws, but in order to enjoy this movie, and a lot of other movies for that matter, you must look past the flaws, and just take it for what it is. Enjoy this movie for its handful of thrills, decent acting, and great music (I am a big fan of the Rolling Stones also). This is a good no-brainer with a creepy overtone, so just watch it for its pros, not its cons. 8/10


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