The Natural (1984)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1984.  , Delphi II Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by . Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.

This wonderful film by Barry Levinson is a riveting combination of drama and folkloric fantasy. A baseball player (Robert Redford) who has dreamed of glory on the diamond since childhood is cut down in his prime when a mysterious woman shoots him. Years later, he emerges from nowhere to re-enter the game and become one of the most successful professional players that the game has ever seen, even though he’s considered to be too old to start a career. Terrific performances, especially by Glenn Close as Redford’s home-gal sweetheart and Kim Basinger as his sexy girlfriend, plus a sturdy screenplay and beautiful music score by Randy Newman make for a standout sports movie that is among Levinson’s best films.

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