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The Natural ()


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An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

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  • Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
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Roy Hobbs
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Max Mercy
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Iris Gaines
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Memo Paris
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Pop Fisher
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Harriet Bird
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The Judge
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Red Blow
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The Whammer
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Sam Simpson
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Ed Hobbs
Paul Sullivan Jr. ...
Young Roy
Rachel Hall ...
Young Iris
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Ted Hobbs
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Bump Bailey
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John Olsen
Mickey Treanor ...
Doc Dizzy
George Wilkosz ...
Bobby Savoy
Anthony J. Ferrara ...
Coach Wilson
Philip Mankowski ...
Hank Benz
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Emil LaJong
Joe Castellano ...
Allie Stubbs
Eddie Cipot ...
Gabby Laslow
Ken Grassano ...
Al Fowler
Robert Kalaf ...
Cal Baker
Barry Kivel ...
Pat McGee
Steven Kronovet ...
Tommy Hinkle
James Meyer ...
Dutch Schultz
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Boone (as Michael Starr)
Sam Green ...
Murphy
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Additional Knight
Joseph Mosso ...
Additional Knight
Richard Oliveri ...
Additional Knight
Lawrence Couzens ...
Additional Knight
Duke McGuire ...
Additional Knight
Stephen Poliachik ...
Additional Knight
Kevin Lester ...
Additional Knight
Joseph Charboneau ...
Additional Knight
Robert Rudnick ...
Additional Knight
Ken Kamholz ...
Additional Knight
Sibby Sisti ...
Pirates Manager
Phillip D. Rosenberg ...
Pitcher Youngberry
Christopher B. Rehbaum ...
Pitcher John Rhoades
Nicholas Koleff ...
Umpire Augie
Jerry Stockman ...
Umpire Babe
James Quamo ...
Memorial Game Umpire
Joe Strnad ...
Final Game Home Plate Umpire (as Joseph Strnad)
James Mohr ...
Al
Ralph Tabakin ...
Al's Customer
Dennis Gould ...
Carnival Boy
Joshua Abbey ...
Home Plate Photographer
Gayle Vance ...
Maid at Party
George Scheitinger ...
League Official
Peter Poth ...
Dr. Knobb
Bernie McInerney ...
Hospital Doctor
Elizabeth Ann Klein ...
Stern Nurse
Charles Sergis ...
Newsreel Narrator (voice)
Edward Walsh ...
Newsreel Presenter
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Young Roy Hobbs (uncredited)
Sean Collins ...
Additional Knight (uncredited)
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Teen on Railroad Track at Carnival (uncredited)
Greg Hinaman ...
fan in stands at War Memorial & All-High Stadium (uncredited)
Diane H. Kelly ...
One of Gus' Girls (uncredited)
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Gus Sands (uncredited)
Brian Reingold ...
Baseball Fan (uncredited)
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Cubs Pitcher (uncredited)

Directed by

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Barry Levinson

Written by

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Bernard Malamud ... (novel)
 
Roger Towne ... (screenplay) and
Phil Dusenberry ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Philip M. Breen ... executive producer
Robert F. Colesberry ... associate producer
Mark Johnson ... producer
Roger Towne ... executive producer

Music by

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Randy Newman

Cinematography by

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Caleb Deschanel ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Stu Linder
Christopher Holmes ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Andy Blumenthal ... additional editor
Battle Davis ... additional editor
Jere Huggins ... additional editor
Neil Kirk ... apprentice film editor
Liz Randol ... assistant editor (as Liza Randol)

Casting By

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Ellen Chenoweth

Production Design by

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Mel Bourne
Angelo P. Graham ... (as Angelo Graham)

Set Decoration by

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John Sweeney
Bruce Weintraub

Costume Design by

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Gloria Gresham
Bernie Pollack

Makeup Department

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Tom Hoerber ... makeup artist
Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist
Bunny Parker ... hair stylist (as Bernadette Parker)

Production Management

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Peter Burrell ... additional unit production manager (as Peter J. Burrell)
Robert F. Colesberry ... unit production manager
Tom Razzano ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Patrick Crowley ... first assistant director
Tom Davies ... second assistant director
Thompson O'Sullivan ... dga trainee
Carol Smetana ... second assistant director
Chris Soldo ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Joe Acord ... construction coordinator: New York
Barry Bedig ... property master
Stan Cockerell ... assistant property master
Joe Garlington ... propmaker
David Goldstein ... lead painter
Speed Hopkins ... art director: New York
James J. Murakami ... art director: Los Angeles
Robert Müller ... construction coordinator: Los Angeles
Gregory Puchalski ... sign painter
Stuart Spates ... props
Mike Villarino ... propmaker

Sound Department

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Gary Alexander ... re-recording mixer
Tod Scott Brody ... sound effects editor
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
John Keating ... sound transfer
Jimmy Ling ... sound effects editor
Chris McLaughlin ... production sound
Andrew Patterson ... sound editor / sound effects editor
Bill Phillips ... supervising sound editor
Hal Sanders ... sound effects editor
Larry Stensvold ... re-recording mixer
Jim Stuebe ... production sound (as James Stuebe)
Jeff Wexler ... production sound
Paul Pavelka ... re-recording engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Gregg Bond ... special effects prop artist
Linda Bond ... special effects artist
Roger Hansen ... special effects
Eric Roberts ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Roger Dorney ... visual effects
Michael Douglas Middleton ... visual effects still photographer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt coordinator / stunt double: Michael Madson

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bobby Brown ... assistant camera (as Bob Brown)
Craig Denault ... camera operator
Alan R. Disler ... assistant camera
Brian Hamill ... still photographer
Clyde Hart ... key grip
Gary Holt ... gaffer
Bob E. Krattiger ... lamp operator
Gábor Kövér ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott Rathner ... additional second assistant camera
Stephen Vaughan ... still photographer
Jürgen Vollmer ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Lisa Clarkson ... additional casting
Louis DiGiaimo ... additional casting
Pamela Guest ... casting assistant
Mary Jo Markey ... extras casting
Una McClure ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jules Melillo ... costume supervisor
Sue Moore ... key costumer
James W. Tyson ... costume supervisor
Donald J. Sutherland ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Lynn Goldman ... location manager
Stratton Rawson ... location manager
Gary Stanek ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist
David Foster ... song producer
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Joe Tuley ... music editor
Tommy Johnson ... musician: tuba (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Rick Mercier ... transportation coordinator (as Richard Mercier)

Other crew

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Ted Bafaloukos ... creative consultant
Robert Bean ... production consultant
Sherrie Bradshaw ... assistant production accountant
Casey Brown ... production assistant
R.J. Cavallaro ... key set production assistant
Rick Cerrone ... baseball consultant
Joe D'Alessandro ... production assistant
Kevin Duncan ... production assistant
Anthony J. Ferrara ... baseball trainer
Ann Guerin ... publicist
Jack W. Haddox ... production auditor: Los Angeles shoot
Ken Hendler ... baseball trainer
Shelley Houis ... production coordinator
Ricky Jay ... technical consultant
Malcolm Kahn ... production consultant
Gene Kirby ... baseball consultant
Kathy Kristich ... production assistant
Ann Luly ... misc crew
Patrick Markey ... production executive
Tom Paolucci ... craft service
Ana Maria Quintana ... script supervisor
Frank 'Spec' Shea ... baseball throwing instructor
Timothy Klein ... stand in: Richard Farnsworth (uncredited)
Burke Mattsson ... title designer (uncredited)
Kathy Porter ... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen R. Powell ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bob Richthammer ... set production assistant (uncredited)
David Lee Walton ... stand-in (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager ... adr voice (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The best there was! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le meilleur (France)
  • Der Unbeugsame (Germany)
  • El mejor (Spain)
  • El mejor (Mexico)
  • Prirodzený talent (Slovakia)
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Runtime
  • 138 min
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Box Office

Budget $28,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,088,381, 13 May 1984

Did You Know?

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Trivia The bat that bat boy, Bobby Savoy, gives Roy, is called the "Savoy Special". The Savoy Special was a brand of beer in the 1930s, and was made by the United States Brewing Company. This bat is currently in the collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and is displayed along with Roy Hobb's jacket in an exhibit titled "Baseball and the Movies". See more »
Goofs In the game where Hobbs breaks the Wrigley Field clock, his homer ends the game, as everyone in the stands begins to leave and Hobbs gets mobbed by the press. But since the Knights were the visitors, the Cubs get to bat last. The movie depicts the 1939 season. Prior to the 1950 season the home team had the option to bat first or last so it was possible for the visiting team to bat in the bottom of an inning. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Prologue 1915-1923 See more »
Quotes Iris Gaines: You know, I believe we have two lives.
Roy Hobbs: How... what do you mean?
Iris Gaines: The life we learn with and the life we live with after that.
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