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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gil Renard
... Bobby Rayburn
... Jewel Stern
... Manny
... Juan Primo
... Ellen Renard (as Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn)
... Tim
... Richie Renard
... Sean Rayburn
... Coop
... Garrity
... Bernie
... Scalper
... Leon, the Bartender
... Stook
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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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16 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fanático  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Cal Ripken, Jr., who served as a consultant on the film, recalled in Sports Illustrated having lunch with Robert De Niro, with De Niro asking him about the Red Sox fans. Ripken also said it was a little creepy meeting De Niro at first, since when he did, the method actor was listening to an audio tape of Robert John Bardo, who stalked, and later murdered Rebecca Schaefer. See more »

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The San Francisco Giants' number 11 is retired (Carl Hubbell). Undoubtedly the producers chose this number as to not offend the owner of a number that is still in regular use. See more »

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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 Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.23 (2016) See more »

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MANO DE MONO
Written by Woody Weatherman
Performed by Corrosion of Conformity
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC/Mano de Mono Music
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Too much flash from Tony Scott
7 November 2013 | by See 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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