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The Natural
is a 1984 film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball novel of the same name. The film was directed by Barry Levinson and stars Robert Redford. The film, like the book, recounts the experiences of Roy Hobbs, an individual with great "natural" baseball talent, spanning decades of Roy's success and his suffering.

The Natural was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close), and nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger). Many of the baseball scenes were filmed in Buffalo, New York's War Memorial Stadium, built in 1937 and demolished a few years after the film was produced. Buffalo's All-High Stadium stood in for Chicago's Wrigley Field in a key scene.

It was the first film produced by TriStar Pictures.

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CastKim Basinger, Glenn Close, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Redford
DirectorBarry Levinson
Genre:  Drama
DVD Release Date:  April 3, 2007
Runtime:  144 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . July 26, 2010
Roy Hobbes (Redford) had a chance at being one of the greatest pitchers that the game of baseball had ever seen.  He is followed by a relentless sports reporter (Rober Duvall) and even strikes out a Babe Ruth type player, The Whammer on a bet.  One night his career is cut short by a woman who wants fame by killing someone with great talent.  She shoots Roy and though he survives his baseball career is cut short.      The film fastforwards to several years later …
Quick Tip by . May 08, 2010
I'm always a fan of Robert Redford and this movie is another fantastic classic.
Quick Tip by . March 29, 2010
roy hobbs. enough said.
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