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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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All baseball fans have a favorite player. This one has a favorite target. 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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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel, on which this movie is based, baseball star Bobby Rayburn is white. See more »

Goofs

When Curly goes to Rayburn's home and is drinking a beer in the kitchen, Rayburn invites him to play pool and says, bring your beer. In the kitchen, it's a bottle, in the pool room, it's a can. 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 Jackie Brown (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Performed by Aaron Neville
Courtesy of A&M Records Inc.
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Too much flash from Tony Scott
7 November 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Gil Renard (Robert De Niro) is a failing knife salesman, a SF Giants fanatic, a divorced father of a boy, and a very angry guy. Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes) is a new sign to the ball club, and the hope for savior. Both men's lives go downhill.

Director Tony Scott has made a movie filled with flash and sizzle. It doesn't accentuate as much as distract. When there is a master thespian like Robert De Niro, all the extra fireworks just take the focus away from the real show. And Wesley Snipes isn't likable enough. A less stereotypical selfish black athlete may help. His scenes with his agent Manny (John Leguizamo) are annoying and tiresome. This could have been a creepy character study like the iconic 'Taxi Driver'. But it never allows De Niro any peace and quiet to do his work properly.


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