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The Natural

The Natural

The Natural

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1984 / 137min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: BARRY LEVINSON

CAST: ROBERT REDFORD, GLENN CLOSE, ROBERT DUVALL

Perhaps the most cherished of baseball movies, Levinson’s self-consciously mythic, touchingly idealistic Great Depression-set fable, adapted from Bernard Malamud’s novel by screenwriter Robert Towne, stars Robert Redford in one of his career-defining roles as Roy Hobbs. An old lefty in search of a comeback who by all reasoning should be past his prime at age thirty-five, Hobbs instead remains an almost superhuman menace at the plate, leading the floundering New York Knights into playoff contention with his homemade bat, Wonderboy. It all comes down to one last swing…