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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.

Director:

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language throughout and some intense violence | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Major League baseball player Mike Piazza was turned down for a role in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Rayburn collides with Primo, Rayburn's lucky #11 necklace breaks - both the pendant and the chain are shown on the grass. Later, when Rayburn goes to bat he feels for the lucky pendant - the pendant is missing but the chain is intact around his neck. 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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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Werewolf (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

A HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN TONIGHT
Written by Theodore A. Metz & Joe Hayden
Published by Edward B. Marks Music Company
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great movie
22 July 2004 | by walk_with_meSee all my reviews

I don't agree at all with the person who said 'Films like "The Fan" come a dime a dozen.' This movies storyline is like no other that I know of. Great camera shots, catchy dialogue and well placed music make the movie all the more interesting the whole way. Robert DeNiro delivers superbly in his role as an extremely obsessive baseball fan, and as all DeNiro fans love and know that in many of his movies he delivers great lines with his powerful facial expressions that makes you intense with anticipation. And in this movie you get great up close shots of Robert DeNiro as he says his lines unlike most of his other films. Supporting actors such as John Leguiziamo and Benicio Del Toro deliver very well each in his own unique roles. This movie was really good in every single way I can think of, very well put together. Wesley Snipes does great in a different role as a father and baseball star, other than him usually being the butt kicking hero of the movie. Overall if you enjoy any Robert DeNiro movie this is a must.


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