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A great movie with a good twist in the beginning - A must for any sports fan and a classic movie in the sports genre
Robert Redford is such a great actor, another great movie to watch old a cold winter night. Baseball movies are always a entertaining heart warming movie.
I for one have never understood the American fascination with baseball and those who play it. To me the game is fairly boring. That said a couple of my all time favourite films revolve around baseball... Read more - Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner and this film.
Unlike Field of Dreams there is no mystical aspect to The Natural. The films focus is on Roy Hobbs (Redford) who we initially see as a very young boy being trained in baseball by his father. After his fathers death Roy is picked by a Cubs scout to go to Chicago to try out. On the way he meets "The Whammer" the current all time great hitter who challenges him to pitch against him. The contest is rather one sided and the first time you get to hear the fantastic film score. After a tragedy in Chicago Roy disappears but resurfaces 15 years later after being signed by the New York Knights as a rookie batter. The knights are in somewhat of a slump and their new signing is not exactly welcomed. Needless to say Roy makes his mark (after finally getting a chance to play) when he hits a fast ball deep hard enough to tear the cover off and reducing the ball to twine.
Intermixed with the game is Roy's relationship with his first love from home played by Glenne Close, his steamy affair with the managers niece (Kim Bassinger) , clashes with the local bookie and a battle between the owner of the club "The Judge" and Pop his partner and team manager. Overall the film weaved all the threads into a fantastic story with a climax that still sends chills down my spine me even after seeing it numerous times. A great cast, great acting and awesome score combine to make this one or Robert Redfords most memorable films.