The Natural (1984)

Rated R for quite a few good reasons.

While it’s cool that Bret Hart got his catchphrase from the film (and did we ever take advantage of that fact!), we sure didn’t feel like The Natural was the best there is, was or ever will be. There just wasn’t enough divine influence (a theme we didn’t really discuss in this 29th Scoring At The Movies episode) or movie magic to make us love Robert Redford’s ultra-famous baseball flick the way we used to. The star is as likable as always, but he’s REALLY miscast…and not just because of his age. Director Barry Levinson’s fantasical flicker show is a logical mess, which brought about a slew of Reasonably Good Questions…even though we didn’t actually call them that. Maybe the best angle on this movie is to see it as Roy’s fever dream or maybe even a sensationalized story written by Max Mercy. It’s got some great moments (the ending, man, the ending!), but we spent over an hour ripping on the not-so-great ones. Oh and to answer Chris’ question about better casting for Roy Hobbs? Kurt Russell!

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LINKS:

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

1984 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1984 in film

MLB Stats: Ted Williams and Tony Gwynn and Eddie Waitkus

Hobbs’ 1939 numbers according to IMDb: .350 batting average, 44 home runs, 106 RBI, 92 runs, 140 hits. 85 strike-outs, 75 walks

1984 Academy Award winners & nominees

Links to: Major League and Field Of Dreams and Forrest Gump

YouTube links: Roy strikes out Whammer and Roy meets Pop and Roy *sigh* knocks the cover off the ball and the halo & the clock-smashing and the movie-magic ending

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