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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

In the novel of the same name the movie was based on, Bobby Rayburn played for the Red Sox, and the story was set primarily in and around Boston. See more »

Goofs

In the scene involving Robert De Niro's character going into the sea to rescue Rayburn's son, you clearly can see both stand-ins for De Niro and Snipes. See more »

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[first lines]
Gil Renard: [voiceover] Excited and anxious I await my dream / To escape, applaud, and embrace my team.
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Referenced in Major League: Back to the Minors (1998) See more »

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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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It's Just A Game
29 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although The Fan has a baseball setting with the late Candlestick Park in San Francisco, it's not a baseball story. It's the dual story of a fan obsessed with baseball and his favorite player and that same player and his performance anxiety living up to the huge amount of money the Giants are paying him.

The title role is played by Robert DeNiro and a lot of his character is taken from what Michael Douglas had earlier did in Falling Down. DeNiro is the son of the founder of the company he works for, but dad having passed away long ago, the company is in different hands. DeNiro is not cutting it as a salesman of hunting knives (no pun intended) and he's having problems with his former wife Patty D'Arbanville-Quinn over visitation with his son.

At the same time multi-million dollar acquisition Wesley Snipes is having problems living up to the hype and he's looking like a big old bust. Especially next to new Giant sensation Benicio DelToro who is carrying the team with what looks like a Most Valuable Player season. Snipes is only doing well on one front, his relationship with his young son.

As his life falls apart DeNiro starts fixating on his favorite player and what he can do to help motivate him. After that this film gets truly bizarre.

But DeNiro who probably has more disturbed characters under his creative belt than any other actor around today keeps it all real. He's matched by Wesley Snipes who plays a Barry Bonds like superstar who gets a good life lesson by the end of the film.

In fact Snipes realizes it before the film ends. As he quite realistically says, it's just a game, it's not like we're out there discovering a cure for cancer. The problem is that there are too many out there, fans like DeNiro in sports and in show business who get way too caught up in it.

Look also for nice performances by Ellen Barkin who has a sports phone-in show and John Leguizamo as Snipes's agent and the wisest guy he has around him.


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