The Natural


(out of 5)

This wonderful film by Barry Levinson is a riveting combination of drama and folkloric fantasy. A baseball player () 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  as Redford’s home-gal sweetheart and  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.

, Delphi II Productions

USA, 1984

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Glenn Close as “Iris”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Angelo Graham, Mel Bourne, James J. Murakami, Speed Hopkins; set decoration: Bruce Weintraub)
Best Cinematography (Caleb Deschanel)
Best Music (Original Score) (Randy Newman)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Kim Basinger



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