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The Natural (1984)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 11 May 1984 (USA)
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An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

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Barry Levinson

Writers:

Bernard Malamud (novel), Roger Towne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Roy Hobbs
Robert Duvall ... Max Mercy
Glenn Close ... Iris Gaines
Kim Basinger ... Memo Paris
Wilford Brimley ... Pop Fisher
Barbara Hershey ... Harriet Bird
Robert Prosky ... The Judge
Richard Farnsworth ... Red Blow
Joe Don Baker ... The Whammer
John Finnegan ... Sam Simpson
Alan Fudge ... Ed Hobbs
Paul Sullivan Jr. Paul Sullivan Jr. ... Young Roy
Rachel Hall Rachel Hall ... Young Iris
Robert Rich III ... Ted Hobbs
Michael Madsen ... Bump Bailey
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Storyline

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Boyhood dreams, a bat made from a tree struck by lightning and most importantly, a never-ending passion for the game. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Natural See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,088,381, 13 May 1984

Gross USA:

$47,951,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,951,979
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series against New York by Pittsburgh's #9 (Mazeroski) hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. In this movie, #9 for New York hit the home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game against Pittsburgh. Same teams, same player per number, same winning home run bottom of the ninth, but the cities were reversed. New York's revenge by the writer. See more »

Goofs

In one of the last scenes, right after Hobbs returns the $20,000 bribe money, Pop is seen crossing off Hobbs name from the line-up card, assuming he can't play in the final playoff game because of his injury. But the line-up card is numbered wrong: Hobbs is #3 (being crossed out), and the numbers continue: 4, 5, 7, 6, 8, 9. See more »

Quotes

Pop Fisher: C'mon Hobbs, knock the cover off the ball!
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The Majors: The Mind Is A Strange Thing
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A delightful fable pulled off believably and
6 July 2000 | by MiriamEBSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching this movie. It seems like the very embodiment of the Hollywood cliche - a noble hero overcoming difficulty to achieve his dream...but somehow, The Natural manages to pull it off in a very un-glamorized way. Take the hero - he's 35 years old! It just seems refreshing not to always have a dashing young fellow of twenty as the main character. And then - an ulcerated stomach? What kind of an obstacle is that? Not a Hollywood one, I'll tell you that. This hero is actually believable - and Robert Redford plays him handsomely. He makes Roy Hobbs a real person, and a gentleman. I recommend The Natural for any Robert Redford fan, baseball fan - and anyone who just wants to see a neat, entertaining movie with a main character you can really root for.


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