MPAA Rating: PG Total Run Time: 138 mins. Cast: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimly, Barbara Hershey
Plot: An average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. Weeks as Box Office #1: 2 weeks Box Office Rank: #14 overall in 1984 US Domestic Gross: $47.9 million Budget: $28 million (est.)
Not many people get a second chance at their dream. Roy Hobbs gets his second chance and takes advantage of it to its fullest. I love the mystique of this movie, like the "Wonderboy" bat carved from the tree split by lightning and the amazing ability Roy has to hit the cover off a baseball. The Natural is also one of my favorite baseball movies depicted in the earlier years of baseball. The lasting image I always take from this movie is the home run trot around the bases with the sparks from the lights hitting the ground...
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.
Roy Hobbs: I coulda been better. I coulda broke every record in the book. Iris Gaines: And then? Roy Hobbs: And then? And then when I walked down the street people would've looked and they would've said there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in this game.
Pop Fisher: People don't start playing ball at your age, they retire!