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1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Barry Levinson

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 … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Dramas
Cast: Glenn Close
Director: Barry Levinson
Release Date: 1984
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about Natural

The Natural ~ not a strike out

  • Nov 28, 2000
Rating:
+3
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AT BAT
Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Richard Farnsworth, Joe Don Baker, Danny Aiello, Robert Posky, Darren McGavin, ‘Super' Joe Charboneau and ta-da Sibby Sisti

A fairly slow but enjoyable movie giving Redford a shot at bat. (Didn't I hear somewhere he played pro ball or college ball?). As a youngster he gains his shot at the Cubs but on the way runs into a fiesty little lady, Hershey, who puts him out of business with the help of her derringer.

Redford holds onto his ideal of becoming a pro ball player and we eventually find him on the Knights, in New York. When at bat he lays into the ball, knocking the cover off of it and gaining the look of team owner, Prosky. Seems Prosky is pulling a little scam in the betting circles, so he hooks Redford up with Basinger, who causes him to lose interest in the game and fall into a batters slump.

Ex-girlfriend, Close, steps up to the plate and gets him back into the game. With his eyes on the stars, he nails a slammer that creates fireworks with the lighting system and the game and the story move on.

THE TEAM
While I enjoy Redford, I find a good deal of his movies to be slow and mellow. Perhaps a reflection on the man he is? While in the ball park (War Memorial Stadium) this movie slams home but out of the locker room it pretty much strikes out. Redford is born for baseball-he looks the part, the acts the part-he could be the Natural.

Hershey slides into the movie, gets her error and then steals home. She has always been one of those behind the scene actresses that adds to a movie but never over powers it. Basinger catches a few plays but remains in the dugout for most of the innings. She's never really the leader of the team, mostly playing second string.

Close, however, steals the whole show with her take charge attitude, calling all the players out and promptly taking over and changing the entire line up. Brimley is the team owner who conducts himself in his usual erudite attitude.

THE GUYS IN THE DUGOUT
Director: Barry Levinson; Music Composer: Randy Newman; Writers: Roger Towne and Phil Dusenberry. Nominated for four Academy Awards



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