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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Roger Towne, Bernard Malamud, Phil Dusenberry
  • Producers: Mark Johnson, Philip M. Breen, Robert F. Colesberry, Roger Towne
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Japanese, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Japanese, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 3 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000MNOX94
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Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball super-stardom. Robert Redford stars in this inspiring fable that begins when 14-year-old Hobbs (Redford) fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy (Robert Duvall), who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobb's career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from The New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chanceto lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.

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From the sun-dappled heartland, a young man (Robert Redford, in soft lighting) emerges as maybe the best baseball player anybody's ever seen. On his way to the majors, he is cut down by an enigmatic black widow (Barbara Hershey) and vanishes for many years. When he reemerges, a silent mystery, he lands a spot with the New York team and begins tearing up the league--he's still the natural. Fans of the Bernard Malamud novel will be dismayed at the pure mythical hokum of this film, but baseball fanatics have been known to watch and rewatch this one; after all, it's constructed as a kind of shrine to the national pastime. Barry Levinson (Rain Man) directs the movie with an unabashed devotion to the game, although the film could use more of the realities of chewing tobacco and pine tar. Redford is fine, and Kim Basinger and Oscar-nominated Glenn Close are effective as the women in his life. The crowning touch is the soaring, extraordinary music by Randy Newman, the singer-songwriter turned orchestral composer. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I have watched this movie any number of times and enjoy it each and every time.Another review complains of Mr.Redford's age.Mr.Redford is out standing at any age.Sure there are some minor faults in the movie but then movies are about entertainment and this one is tops with me.Jon.
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THE NATURAL, based on the book of the same name by Bernard Malamud, is probably the greatest baseball film ever produced. Why? Because it contains no magical realism, no "tricks," no "gimmicks." It's just a film about second chances and redemption, in this case, redemption through the game of baseball. THE NATURAL is not nearly as dark as the book on which it is based and it's not totally factual in its portrayal of baseball, but who cares? This film gives us something better than facts. It gives us the poetry and lyricism of the game, the magic that made baseball "America's Pastime."
THE NATURAL is the story of Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), a Midwestern boy who dreams of being "the best" in the world of baseball. Roy's dreams aren't just "pie in the sky." This kid has talent, talent like no one's ever seen before. But, as he's making the trip to Chicago to try out, he encounters Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey), an enigmatic and dangerous woman, and Roy's life changes forever. Sixteen years later, though, Roy Hobbs is given what most people can only long for, a second chance. Yes, this second chance requires a stretch of the viewer's imagination, but not so much that it becomes an impossibility.
I know many people didn't care for Robert Redford's portrayal of Roy Hobbs, but I thought he was perfect. He really makes us believe in Roy and in his dreams and in his principles. I can't think of any other actor who could have carried off this role and carried it off so perfectly. Wilfred Brimley is perfect as Pop Fisher, Hobbs' manager. Robert Duvall as Max Mercy is also perfectly cast as is a very young Kim Basinger as Memo Paris, the woman who wants to be Hobbs' nemesis "the second time around." I didn't particularly like Glenn Close as Iris, but that's just personal preference.
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A baseball prospect gets hurt. He shows up years later with on contract on a last place team. When he is allowed to play he literally knocks the cover off the ball. A gal gets ahold of him which decreases his abilities. Then he sees his old flame and does better. Back story about team ownership. Says he loves baseball but appears to love to chase skirt.
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One of my favorite movies on baseball, I knew I wanted this movie before I purchased it. It is a great asset to my collection. What this movie at least 4 times a year. Love it. Highly recomended.
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Format: VHS Tape
Director: Barry Levinson
Format: Color
Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Video Release Date: September 26, 2000
Cast:
Robert Redford ... Roy Hobbs
Robert Duvall ... Max Mercy
Glenn Close ... Iris Gaines
Kim Basinger ... Memo Paris
Wilford Brimley ... Pop Fisher
Barbara Hershey ... Harriet Bird
Robert Prosky ... The Judge
Richard Farnsworth ... Red Blow
Joe Don Baker ... The Whammer
John Finnegan ... Sam Simpson
Alan Fudge ... Ed Hobbs
Paul Sullivan Jr. ... Young Roy
Rachel Hall ... Young Iris
Robert Rich III ... Ted Hobbs
Michael Madsen ... Bartholomew 'Bump' Bailey
Jon Van Ness ... John Olsen
Mickey Treanor ... Doc Dizzy
George Wilkosz ... Bobby Savoy
Anthony J. Ferrara ... Coach Wilson
Philip Mankowski ... Hank Benz
Danny Aiello III ... Emil LaJong
Joe Castellano ... Allie Stubbs
Eddie Cipot ... Gabby Laslow
Ken Grassano ... Al Fowler
Robert Kalaf ... Cal Baker
Barry Kivel ... Pat McGee
Steven Kronovet ... Tommy Hinkle
James Meyer ... Dutch Schultz
Mike Starr ... Boone
Sam Green ... Murphy
Martin Grey ... Additional Knight
Joseph Mosso ... Additional Knight
Richard Oliveri ... Additional Knight
Lawrence Couzens ... Additional Knight
Duke McGuire ... Additional Knight
Stephen Poliachik ... Additional Knight
Kevin Lester ... Additional Knight
Joseph Charboneau ... Additional Knight
Robert Rudnick ... Additional Knight
Ken Kamholz ... Additional Knight
Sibby Sisti ... Pirates Manager
Phillip D. Rosenberg ... Pitcher Youngberry
Christopher B. Rehbaum ... Pitcher John Rhoades
Nicholas Koleff ... Umpire Augie
Jerry Stockman ... Umpire Babe
James Quamo ...
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Format: VHS Tape
This movie is often considered to be the greatest film ever made about baseball, but it's much more than that. To restrict "The Natural" to the genre of a sports movie is to miss its essential point and its goodness. No doubt that many will never gravitate towards this film, which is much more intellectual and adroit than other sports movies. Here the characters are muted, ethereal and other-worldly, but you understand them and their motivations.
Robert Redford is perfectly cast as the aging hero, Roy Hobbs. Never a favorite of mine, Redford delivers a stellar rendering; it's hard to imagine any other actor pulling off this role. Redford was 47 years old at the time of filming, but he's still trim, beautiful and wistful, like an aging oak tree. He underplays the role and is never likeable or knowable, but that is part of the charm. Unlike movies such as "The Pride of the Yankees," the baseball scenes here are believable and Redford looks like an athlete. The only small criticism is that they film all the pitches in slow-motion to heighten the dramatic effects.
Glenn Close and Kim Basinger are adequate, nothing more, in their roles. Robert Duvall, as the inquisitive sports writer, is excellent, which is hardly surprising since Duvall is always exceptional in any role. The cinematography is awe inspiring. Watch when Roy hits homeruns which cascade into the lights and the resulting explosions and fireworks. It's poetry and beauty all at once. Watch the shadows fall as the "Wonder Boy" bat is broken and the tubby bat boy hands Roy another stick.
The subplot of murder, avarice and revenge are omnipresent and not the outstanding portions of the movie.
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