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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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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 »


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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  »

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. was Wesley Snipes personal batting instructor during filming. See more »

Goofs

In the opening day game, the announcer says "Now leading off for the Giants, Lanz." He hits a foul ball, then Gil decides to go. Lanz swings at the next pitch and hits one deep to the outfield. Gil runs back to his son and asks him what he missed. His son says that he hit one deep and the bases are now loaded. This is again proved true when Rayburn hits a grand slam his at bat (he batted after Lanz). If Lanz was the first batter and got a hit, there would be only one man on base, not three, thus making a grand slam impossible. 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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Connections

References Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

SAMBA PA TI
Written by Carlos Santana
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc.
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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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