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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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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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Baseball's $40 million man has always treated the game like a matter of life and death. This time, it really is. 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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,271,406, 18 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,573,791, 10 November 1996
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel, there's a scene where Bobby Rayburn is shooting a television commercial for Motrin. After delivering his line, the Director says, "De Niro couldn't have done it any better." See more »

Goofs

When Curly goes to Rayburn's home and is drinking a beer in the kitchen, Rayburn invites him to play pool and says, bring your beer. In the kitchen, it's a bottle, in the pool room, it's a can. 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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Referenced in Jackie Brown (1997) See more »

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CLOSER TO GOD
Written by Trent Reznor
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Courtesy of TVT Records and Interscope Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
Published by Leaving Hope/TVT Music Inc.
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Not a perfect film, but I enjoyed it
4 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

While I agree with some of the previous comments about the lack of attention to detail and the confusing cinematography, I really did enjoy this movie. The story itself is not particularly original and the ending is weak -- but I thought the build-up of Gil's (De Niro) character to be quite effective. Although Gil was what one would typically label a loser, I couldn't help but feel for the guy. Many movies about psychos/stalkers fail to give you any insight into why he's doing all these bad things -- all you know is that he's not a nice guy. This movie did a great job of portraying how Gil's volatile personality, his obsession with the baseball and with Bobby (Snipes) in particular, and his loss of everything else that mattered to him, ultimately led him to do what he did.


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