A middle-aged unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary baseball player with almost supernatural talent.

Director:

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>

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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 »

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Trivia

Roy Hobbs was born in 1904. See more »

Goofs

When Memo Paris reaches over to touch Roy Hobbs' bullet wound, the background of the close-up is clearly different than that of the wide-angle shot. See more »

Quotes

Bartholomew 'Bump' Bailey: [after failing to catch a fly ball] I lost it in the sun.
Pop Fisher: [looks up at the cloudy sky] Blinding.
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Alternate Versions

There is an edited version which was released in several European countries (e.g. United Kingdom, West Germany). This version edits many dialogue and playing scenes to tighten up the pacing. It runs approx. 14 minutes shorter than the US theatrical version. See more »

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Featured in The Movies: The Eighties (2019) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor
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For Father and Son
25 April 2004 | by pricercSee all my reviews

My son and I have watched this movie twice together. I can't think of any other movie we have watched twice--together. I'm 60 and my son is 26. There is the element of magic, of fairy-tale, of other-worldliness; there is the element of the naturalness, the character of Robert Redford; there is the element of baseball, the great sport-love of millions of boys in North America--and me back in the 1950s when I was growing up and dreamed of going to the majors; there's a touch of the sexual with Kim Basinger and Barbara Hershey----one could go on listing the pluses that this movie brings to the viewers. But I think what makes the movie in the end is the magic of Roy Hobbs as he hits a baseball further and harder than anyone ever has or(probably) ever will. Hobbs is the quintessence of the baseball hero and for sports lovers that's their religion. Hobbs is like Jesus come down to earth in the form of a baseball player, yet with sins of omission and commission. So, he's human and a superhero all at once.


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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)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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