(out of 5)
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.
TriStar Pictures, Delphi II Productions
Directed by Barry Levinson
Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel
Produced by Mark Johnson
Music by Randy Newman
Film Editing by Stu Linder