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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

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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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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:

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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

Robert De Niro took the Yankees bobblehead doll as a souvenir. The production company paid collector Anne Wells, who loaned it to the movie, four hundred dollars for the doll. See more »

Goofs

Major League Baseball games are not played in heavy rainstorms. The game would either be stopped until the rain subsides or called off and rescheduled. 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 »

Soundtracks

DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS
Written by Shorty Long (as Frederick Long) & William Stevenson
Performed by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Courtesy of Rhino Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by Stone Agate Music
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Quite good, but SNIPES and DeNIRO can do better!
14 February 1999 | by The DON-4See all my reviews

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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