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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Renard (as Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn)
Andrew J. Ferchland ...
Richie Renard
Brandon Hammond ...
Sean Rayburn
Leon, the Bartender


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


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cal Ripken, Jr., who served as a consultant on the film, recalled in Sports Illustrated having lunch with Robert De Niro with De Niro asking him about the Red Sox fans. Ripken also said it was a little creepy meeting De Niro at first since when he did, the method actor was listening to an audio tape of Robert John Bardo, who stalked and later murdered actress Rebecca Schaefer. See more »


The hat changes when Curly steals the car and visits Coop. The exterior of the house in no way matches the interior either. See more »


[first lines]
Gil Renard: [voiceover] Excited and anxious I await my dream / To escape, applaud, and embrace my team.
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References Doctor Dolittle (1967) See more »


Written by Theo. A. Metz & Joe Hayden
Published by Edward B. Marks Music Company
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great movie
22 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't agree at all with the person who said 'Films like "The Fan" come a dime a dozen.' This movies storyline is like no other that I know of. Great camera shots, catchy dialogue and well placed music make the movie all the more interesting the whole way. Robert DeNiro delivers superbly in his role as an extremely obsessive baseball fan, and as all DeNiro fans love and know that in many of his movies he delivers great lines with his powerful facial expressions that makes you intense with anticipation. And in this movie you get great up close shots of Robert DeNiro as he says his lines unlike most of his other films. Supporting actors such as John Leguiziamo and Benicio Del Toro deliver very well each in his own unique roles. This movie was really good in every single way I can think of, very well put together. Wesley Snipes does great in a different role as a father and baseball star, other than him usually being the butt kicking hero of the movie. Overall if you enjoy any Robert DeNiro movie this is a must.

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