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The Natural (1984)

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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>

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He lived for a dream that wouldn't die. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El mejor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,088,381, 13 May 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$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

Iris' (Glenn Close's) initial appearance at the ballpark was carefully presented to give her the appearance of a guardian angel. For filming purposes, they waited until a clear day when the setting sun would be just at the right spot in the background, so that it would shine through her translucent hat and make it appear as a halo around her head. See more »

Goofs

In the scene depicting the team on a passenger train streaking across country as the Knights make their "run" at the pennant, the drumhead on the observation car says "Super Chief". This would make it a Santa Fe high-speed train running daily between Chicago and Los Angeles. Since the movie is set in 1939, they would not be riding that train because there were no major league baseball teams west of St. Louis in those days. See more »

Quotes

Roy Hobbs: Pick me out a winner Bobby.
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Soundtracks

The End Title
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Composed and Conducted by Randy Newman
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A 20th Century Fairy Tale
19 December 1998 | by Loren-3See all my reviews

That's how I personally summed up this movie when I first saw it. And what better place to couch a fairy tale than in a milieu with real legends like Ruth and DiMaggio and Mantle ... or fabulous ones like "The Whammer" and Roy Hobbs. The story of a man playing the game they way it SHOULD be played, wishing while injured that his father could have seen him, and coming through in the clutch for his father, his lady, and his son. Beautifully shot by Caleb Deschanel, this isn't just a movie, this is ARTWORK.

And who could forget the soundtrack written by Randy Newman, which has found its way into virtually every sports show on the tube at one time or another. Without a doubt, his best handiwork.


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