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Story

From the sun-dappled heartland, a young man (Robert Redford, in soft lighting) emerges as maybe the best baseball player anybody's ever seen. On his way to the majors, he is cut down by an enigmatic black widow (Barbara Hershey) and vanishes for many years. When he reemerges, a silent mystery, he lands a spot with the New York team and begins tearing up the league--he's still the natural. Fans of the Bernard Malamud novel will be dismayed at the pure mythical hokum of this film, but baseball fanatics have been known to watch and rewatch this one; after all, it's constructed as a kind of shrine to the national pastime. Barry Levinson (Rain Man) directs the movie with an unabashed devotion to the game, although the film could use more of the realities of chewing tobacco and pine tar. Redford is fine, and Kim Basinger and Oscar-nominated Glenn Close are effective as the women in his life. The crowning touch is the soaring, extraordinary music by Randy Newman, the singer-songwriter turned orchestral composer. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Robert RedfordRoy Hobbs
Robert DuvallMax Mercy
Glenn CloseIris Gaines
Kim BasingerMemo Paris
Wilford BrimleyPop Fisher
Barbara HersheyHarriet Bird
Robert ProskyThe Judge
Richard FarnsworthRed Blow
Joe Don BakerThe Whammer
John FinneganSam Simpson
Alan FudgeEd Hobbs
Paul Sullivan Jr.Young Roy
Rachel HallYoung Iris
Robert Rich IIITed Hobbs
Michael MadsenBartholomew 'Bump' Bailey
Jon Van NessJohn Olsen
Mickey TreanorDoc Dizzy
George WilkoszBobby Savoy
Anthony J. FerraraCoach Wilson
Philip MankowskiHank Benz
Danny Aiello IIIEmil LaJong
Joe CastellanoAllie Stubbs
Eddie CipotGabby Laslow
Ken GrassanoAl Fowler
Robert KalafCal Baker
Barry KivelPat McGee
Steven KronovetTommy Hinkle
James MeyerDutch Schultz
Mike StarrBoone (as Michael Starr)
Sam GreenMurphy
Martin GreyAdditional Knight
Joseph MossoAdditional Knight
Richard OliveriAdditional Knight
Lawrence CouzensAdditional Knight
Duke McGuireAdditional Knight
Stephen PoliachikAdditional Knight
Kevin LesterAdditional Knight
Joseph CharboneauAdditional Knight
Robert RudnickAdditional Knight
Ken KamholzAdditional Knight
Sibby SistiPirates Manager
Phillip D. RosenbergPitcher Youngberry
Christopher B. RehbaumPitcher John Rhoades
Nicholas KoleffUmpire Augie
Jerry StockmanUmpire Babe
James QuamoMemorial Game Umpire
Joe StrnadFinal Game Home Plate Umpire (as Joseph Strnad)
James MohrAl
Ralph TabakinAl's Customer
Dennis GouldCarnival Boy

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Barry Levinson
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 134 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 11, 1984
    EuropeSep 19, 1984
    AustraliaSep 20, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaApr 6, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 6, 2004
    EuropeMay 28, 2001
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