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
John Kruk, a longtime pro baseball player with San Diego and Philadelphia, was an extra in the film. He was critical of the production in several pre-release interviews, stating that while he liked Wesley Snipes, he couldn't swing a baseball bat in a remotely convincing way, and that Director Tony Scott knew nothing about baseball, and made no effort to learn (when Kruk pointed out to Scott that the film's presentation of rows of books in the dugout was totally ridiculous, Scott told him to go away and ignored it). See more »
Several times, the announcer says "Now batting, Bobby Rayburn", and Rayburn gets off the bench to approach home plate and begin the at-bat. In a real baseball game, he would come from the "On-Deck" circle as he was announced. 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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ART OF SELF DESTRUCTION, PART ONE
Written by Trent Reznor
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Courtesy of TVT Records and Interscope Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
Published by Leaving Hope/TVT Music Inc. See more »
This movie wasn't as bad as everyone says. I think it's safe to say that I am a fan of Robert De Niro, and that will certainly help if you like Robert De Niro to enjoy this movie. But I didn't enjoy this movie solely on the fact that I like De Niro, I thought Snipes gave an equally choice performance. The thrills in this movie were small, but they were satisfying. The ending is, without a doubt, the best part. There were other good thrills though, like the freezer scene.
I must say that I liked this movie a good deal. Its is not without its flaws, but in order to enjoy this movie, and a lot of other movies for that matter, you must look past the flaws, and just take it for what it is. Enjoy this movie for its handful of thrills, decent acting, and great music (I am a big fan of the Rolling Stones also). This is a good no-brainer with a creepy overtone, so just watch it for its pros, not its cons. 8/10
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