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The Fan (1996)

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An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

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Tony Scott

Writers:

Peter Abrahams (book), Phoef Sutton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Gil Renard
Wesley Snipes ... Bobby Rayburn
Ellen Barkin ... Jewel Stern
John Leguizamo ... Manny
Benicio Del Toro ... Juan Primo
Patti D'Arbanville ... Ellen Renard (as Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn)
Chris Mulkey ... Tim
Andrew J. Ferchland ... Richie Renard
Brandon Hammond ... Sean Rayburn
Charles Hallahan ... Coop
Dan Butler ... Garrity
Kurt Fuller ... Bernie
Michael Jace ... Scalper
Frank Medrano ... Leon, the Bartender
Don S. Davis ... Stook
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fanático See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of the film's production and release, it was speculated that Bobby Rayburn's portrayal as an African-American and playing for the San Francisco Giants was to draw parallels with Barry Bonds. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of Juan Primo's musical montage, the announcer introduces him as "Number 11, the right fielder, Juan Primo." But it was established earlier in the film that Primo played left field. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 Man on Fire (2004) See more »

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Written by Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall), Andrew Vowles (as Andrew Vowles),
Horace Andy (as Horace Andy) & Neneh Cherry
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Courtesy of Circa Records Ltd./Virgin Records
Published by Island Music Ltd. - Songs of PolyGram Int., Inc./BMG Music Publishing Ltd./EMI Virgin Music Ltd. - EMI Virgin Songs Inc.
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surprise! it doesn't suck
6 December 2004 | by AskewNerdSee all my reviews

I had every expectation of this film being terrible and mearly a paycheck for De Niro. But, it was great. Snipes and Del Toro are fantastic. De Niro is scary as hell as well. There was not one explosion in the entire film. That was great. Short, to the point fight scenes. That's all you need in a suspense thriller. It was much smarter than expected. The plot never made you feel sorry for De Niro. The idea of him being a sad stoned cold man was there. But, not dwelled upon. The focus was on his obsession with the game of baseball and that became more important. Snipes had his entire sideline story that eventually involved De Niro. But, the two stories themselves were great. Benicio Del Toro is sneaky as hell and you never understand his true personality until he is offed. It makes you look at him completely different when he was not around.


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