The Natural


The Natural

Overview:

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman.

Votes 158 (7/10)

Runtime: 137 minutes

Release Date 1984-05-11

Budget: $28,000,000.00

Revenue: $47,951,979.00

Tagline: He lived for a dream that wouldn't die.

Production company:

  • TriStar Pictures

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Drama

Trailer

Further Information

Roy Hobbs
Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Iris Gaines
Glenn Close
Glenn Close
Memo Paris
Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
Pop Fisher
Wilford Brimley
Wilford Brimley
Max Mercy
Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
Red Blow
Richard Farnsworth
Richard Farnsworth
Harriet Bird
Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
The Judge
Robert Prosky
Robert Prosky
Bump Bailey
Michael Madsen
Michael Madsen
The Whammer
Joe Don Baker
Joe Don Baker
Gus Sands
Darren McGavin
Darren McGavin
Director
Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
Producer
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson
Editor
Stu Linder
Stu Linder
Original Music Composer
Randy Newman
Randy Newman
Director of Photography
Caleb Deschanel
Caleb Deschanel
Screenplay
Roger Towne
Roger Towne
Executive Producer
Roger Towne
Roger Towne
Novel
Bernard Malamud
Bernard Malamud
Screenplay
Phil Dusenberry
Phil Dusenberry
Executive Producer
Philip M. Breen
Philip M. Breen

John Chard

The Wonder of Wonderboy. The Natural is directed by Barry Levinson and adapted to screenplay by Roger Towne & Phil Dusenberry from the novel written by Bernard Malamud. It stars Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky and Richard Farnsworth. Music is by Randy Newman and cinematography by Caleb Deschanel. The Natural is a wistful sports movie, one that asks every person who views it to buy into the whimsy and mythologising on show. If able to do that then it's a film of beguiling beauty, awash with strength of the human spirit and of luscious technical credits. The Arthurian core to Roy Hobbs' (Redford a superb presence yet calmness personified) second chance ensures we always know this is fanciful stuff, but that's just fine, we are in Field of Dreams territory here and fans of such fare are rewarded royally. Period art design, photography and musical score are grade "A", snuggling up nicely with a support cast to Redford that is of high end proportions. If it's in you and you know what sort of film to expect, you may well, come the end, be punching the air whilst having a tear in your eye. Lovely film making. 8.5/10

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