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The Natural (1984)

US 137m, Colour
Director: Barry Levinson; Cast: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Richard Farnsworth

TheNaturalThe 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).


4 comments on “The Natural (1984)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I remember when this came out there was some good deal of griping that they’d changed the ending quite a bit, but, as always, when you’re making a movie your responsibility is to make a good movie, not to slavishly follow the source material.

    (Plus, I’ve read the book, and I was not impressed. So, change away! 🙂

    • Klaus

      I’ve not read the book, but i agree, it’s about making a good movie. In this case, the happy ending was a fitting conclusion.

  2. Eric Binford

    Hate, hate baseball, but love this movie. I thought Redford was a tad old for the role, but he’s good. I love the film’s almost dream-like quality. It’s like a fairy tale for adults.

    • Klaus

      I’m not a big baseball fan either, but really like this movie, and i agree, the whole production has a dream-like quality – which is perhaps why the aging Redford works in it.

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