The Natural

May 11th, 1984


The Natural

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An average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 7.4/10 (20,494 voted)

Director: Barry Levinson

Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close

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.

Writers: Bernard Malamud, Roger Towne

Robert Redford - Roy Hobbs
Glenn Close - Iris Gaines
Kim Basinger - Memo Paris
Wilford Brimley - Pop Fisher
Barbara Hershey - Harriet Bird
Robert Prosky - The Judge
Richard Farnsworth - Red Blow
Joe Don Baker - The Whammer
John Finnegan - Sam Simpson
Alan Fudge - Ed Hobbs
Paul Sullivan Jr. - Young Roy
Rachel Hall - Young Iris
Robert Rich III - Ted Hobbs
Michael Madsen - Bartholomew 'Bump' Bailey
Jon Van Ness - John Olsen

Taglines: The best there was!

Release Date: 11 May 1984

Filming Locations: All-High Stadium - 50 Mercer Avenue, Buffalo, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,088,381 (USA) (13 May 1984) (989 Screens)

Gross: $47,951,979 (USA) (16 September 1984)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (Director's Cut)

Did You Know?

The Bat that batboy Bobby Savoy gives Roy is called the "Savoy Special". Savoy Special was a brand of beer in the 1930s and was made by the United States Brewing Co.

Continuity: In the climactic scene, when the lead runner and the third baseman arrive at third base they are not wearing the caps they had on a few seconds before.

Roy Hobbs: My life didn't turn out the way I expected.

User Review

My favorite baseball movie. Truly magical.


A wonderful, magical fairy tale, and morality play. This is the type of movie that as a new father, I cannot wait until my son is old enough to watch this with me.

I know much has been made about Redford being too old to play Roy Hobbs. But much of the story asks you to believe in incredible things, so to me, this is a minor issue.

Everything about this movie is first rate. The cast which includes Redford, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley and a pair of terrific performances turned in by Robert Duval and Darren McGavin.

It is easy to see that all of the actors trust the material and believe in their characters.

Barry Levinson tells the story in a straight forward style, he doesn't try to build any false suspense or surprise twists. When you watch this movie you know exactly what is going to happen long before it does, but you don't care, because it unfolds intelligently and without pretense.

My two favorite components of this movie are the cinematography by Caleb Deschanel and the beautiful, moving score composed by Randy Newman. I first enjoyed Mr. Deschanel's work on "Being There", and felt Mr. Newman's score for "Ragtime" was the best score of 1981.

"The Natural" is so much more than a baseball movie. It is a story about faith, good and evil, right and wrong, fathers and sons. It is about all that is good in baseball and in life.

10 out of 10


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