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
Former San Francisco Giant Mike Sadek served as a body double for Robert De Niro in scenes where he was throwing a baseball. See more »
When Gil opens his appointment book to see if he can do the meeting tomorrow, he turns to Friday where he drew "Opening Day". Even in the 1990's, opening day games always started either Sunday night or Monday. See more »
[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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When I saw the filmposter of "The FAN" first, I expected a really big smashing hit, because of SNIPES and De NIRO together in a flick must be something for the ratings. Unfortunately it was not like that, is it really so easy to invade a sports-pro´s private Life???, I don´t think so, there were no bodyguards around in the scene on the beach with SNIPES´ kid. And the scene where De NIRO killed the teammate of SNIPES´, PRIMO is also far from credibility. Well, overall it´s a quiet good movie, but don´t expect a really tension-like psycho drama compared to CAPE FEAR, for example. And why BASEBALL ?, ok, it´s a big sport in the USA, but SNIPES could also have acted as a tennis-pro, that would have been fare more realistic, cause from my experience, to get closer to Tennis-Pro´s is indeed an easy thing.
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