The Natural (1984) (3.5/4)

Natural, The

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.
Summary written by Keith Loh {loh@sfu.ca}


Directed by: Barry Levinson
The cast includes: Robert Redford (Roy Hobbs), Glenn Close (Iris Gaines), Kim Basinger (Memo Paris), Wilford Brimley (Pop Fisher), Barbara Hershey (Harriet Bird), Richard Farnsworth (Red Blow), Joe Don Baker (The Whammer), Michael Madsen (Bartholomew 'Bump' Bailey)
MPAA rating: , Running time: 134 minutes
Presented in: Color
Related titles: Field of Dreams (1989)
Related categories: Time Travel, Other Dimensions, and Alternate Realities

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