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The Natural (1984)

Episode #156

TriStar Pictures released The Natural on May 11, 1984. Barry Levinson directed the film starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, and Glenn Close.

‘The Natural’ Plot Summary

When an unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs appears out of nowhere, he takes a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league. Using a special bat he made from a tree that lightening once struck, Hobbs lives the fame he could have had earlier in his life. However, as an up and coming pitcher in his youth, a young woman shot him which forever changed his career.

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TriStar Pictures released The Natural on May 11, 1984. Barry Levinson directed the film starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, and Glenn Close.

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  1. Anyone a fan of Bang the Drum Slowly? As far as Matt saying Redford looked too old to play a 35 year old player – people looked way older in the 30s than they do today(or in 1984) so he looked fine to me. I watch a lot of old movies and can’t believe how young some of the actors are even though they look much older. Though it was hard to believe Redford and Close as 19 year olds in the early scenes. I’m sure they could have been de aged with today’s technology.

    1. I’ve seen “Bang…” and was less impressed than I thought I’d be. I think part of it is the ‘70s version of melodrama that I’m not so keen on. The performances were fine though. I wish we could review lesser-known baseball movies like “Long Gone” from HBO (never released on DVD) and “Pastime” (another one of those “for the love of the game” stories). There were some decent baseball movies in the ‘80s never mentioned on most lists. Glad we are seeing them again. Agreed on older movies and the ages of the performers look different from today where everyone looks 18 even when they are 35. But that could be my age showing since everyone looks my kids’ age at this point. 🙂

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