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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 3, 2007
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Director's Cut
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dubbed - French, Japanese, Portuguese - Optional
- Subtitles - English - Closed Captioned
- Subtitles - English, French, Japanese, Portuguese - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert Redford, Glenn Close & Robert Duvall|
|Performer:||Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Richard Farnsworth, Joe Don Baker, Michael Madsen, John Finnegan, Alan Fudge, Jon Van Ness & Mike Starr|
|Directed by||Barry Levinson|
|Edited by||Stu Linder|
|Composition by||Randy Newman|
|Produced by||Mark Johnson|
|Director of Photography:||Caleb Deschanel|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"'There goes Roy Hobbs...the best there ever was....'"
- Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford)
"Some mistakes you never stop paying for."
Rating: 4/5 -- If you can suspend disbelief and let yourself be drawn into the movie, you'll be rewarded with an emotional and heart-warming experience that will have you cheering. Full Review
Rating: 7/10 -- It's all very corny and much of it's almost alarmingly overbaked... Yet it works. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Shining up the golden age of baseball, Barry Levinson conjures another sporting fairytale...
Redford's charisma is at full wattage and the finale is truly magical.
An otherwise fine sports fantasy is dragged down by an overindulgence in sentimentality. Full Review
Let yourself go and be rewarded by the sight of a hero running home to victory through clouds of fire. Full Review
Levinson must have felt he had to swing for the fences. He can be forgiven for choking up with all The Natural's fans looking on dubiously. In fairness, the official scorer must credit him with a single. And Redford with an RBI. Full Review
Farm boy Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is the best baseball player anyone has ever seen. His bat, handmade from the wood of a tree felled by lightning following the death of his father, is magic in his hands. But before his career can start, the mysterious Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey) inexplicably shoots him, sidelining him for more than a decade. Fifteen years later, Hobbs returns to play for the New York Knights, whose coach, Pop Fisher (Wilfred Brimley), begrudgingly accepts the aging rookie as a member of the team. Pop is as surprised as the rest of the team when Hobbs knocks the ball out of the park time and again and can still play a mean outfield as well. However, when the politics of the business side of the game get in the way, Hobbs has to make some life-changing decisions. Meanwhile, he becomes involved with Memo Paris (Kim Basinger), a sultry siren with her own agenda. Glenn Close plays Iris, the hometown girl whom Hobbs left behind but never forgot. Director Barry Levinson (DINER, RAIN MAN) manages to re-create the excitement of old-time baseball while telling an all-American tale of success and failure, based on the novel by Bernard Malamud.
This allegorical tale of success and failure in America tells the story of a natural born baseball player who should have been a star but gets a last chance to shine. Randy Newman's memorable score complements an excellent directorial effort by Barry Levinson.
- Theatrical release: May 11, 1984.
- Filmed in Buffalo and New York City.
- The film version has a vastly different ending than Bernard Malamud's novel.
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