in about 100 words or less
US 137m, Colour
Director: Barry Levinson; Cast: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Richard Farnsworth
The Natural is a fantasy sports drama based on Bernard Malamud’s 1952 novel of the same name, and perhaps, the best baseball movie ever made. As a fictional biopic, this is the “Odyssey” of Roy Hobbs, a baseball player whose natural talents would have made him the best ever, if it were not for the unexplained actions of a mysterious woman. A beautifully filmed fairy tale for adults, complete with a perfect storybook ending, this is a supernatural story of love, loss and redemption (Klaus Ming February 2016).