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The Natural

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Original title
The Natural
Year
Running time
134 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Roger Towne, Phil Dusenberry (Novel: Bernard Malamud)
Music
Randy Newman
Cinematography
Caleb Deschanel
Cast
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Producer
TriStar Pictures
Genre
Drama | Sports. Baseball. 1930s
Synopsis / Plot
Farm boy Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is the best baseball player anyone has ever seen. His bat, handmade from the wood of a tree felled by lightning following the death of his father, is magic in his hands. But before his career can start, the mysterious Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey) inexplicably shoots him, sidelining him for more than a decade. Fifteen years later, Hobbs returns to play for the New York Knights, whose coach, Pop Fisher (Wilfred Brimley), begrudgingly accepts the aging rookie as a member of the team. Pop is as surprised as the rest of the team when Hobbs knocks the ball out of the park time and again and can still play a mean outfield as well. However, when the politics of the business side of the game get in the way, Hobbs has to make some life-changing decisions. Meanwhile, he becomes involved with Memo Paris (Kim Basinger), a sultry siren with her own agenda. Glenn Close plays Iris, the hometown girl whom Hobbs left behind but never forgot. Director Barry Levinson manages to re-create the excitement of old-time baseball while telling an all-American tale of success and failure, based on the novel by Bernard Malamud.
Awards
1984: 4 Nominations for Oscar: Supp, Actress (Close), OST, Art Direction, Cinematography
1984: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Basinger)
1984: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
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