Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1984. TriStar Pictures, Delphi II Productions. Screenplay by Roger Towne, Phil Dusenberry, based on the novel by Bernard Malamud. Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel. Produced by Mark Johnson. Music by Randy Newman. Production Design by Mel Bourne, Angelo P. Graham. Costume Design by Gloria Gresham, Bernie Pollack. Film Editing by Stu Linder. 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.