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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. 14-year-old Hobbs fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy, who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobb's career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from The New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chance to lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.

Cast

  • Robert Redford
  • Robert Duvall
  • Glenn Close
  • Kim Basinger
  • Wilford Brimley
  • Barbara Hershey
  • Robert Prosky
  • Richard Farnsworth
  • Joe Don Baker
  • John Finnegan

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • While Darren McGavin had a major supporting role as the bookmaker Gus Sands, he received no credit. In the recent retrospective documentary on the Special Edition DVD of this movie, Robert Prosky (the Judge) claimed that McGavin was cast late in the picture, and would have received a lesser billing than the other stars. As a result, McGavin chose to go uncredited. Prosky noted that McGavin wound up "drawing more attention to himself" as a result.
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Goofs

  • Glass in the restaurant scene.
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Quotes

    • Roy Hobbs: Red, it took me sixteen years to get here. You play me, and I'll give ya the best I got.
    • Red Blow: I believe ya.
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Metacritic

100

The Natural is a fairy tale from start to finish, full of wildly implausible scenes that win over our emotions because, frankly, that's the way we'd like life to be. Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, there's a lot of both in The Natural.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Arguably the best baseball movie ever made. The film works not because it is flawless in its depiction of what transpires on the diamond (more on a significant mistake later), but because it captures the spirit of the game at a time when baseball truly was the National Pastime.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
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