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The Natural
ID:
1984
Comments:
Director: Barry Levinson
Screenplay: Phil Dusenberry
Producer: Roger Towne
Cast: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 134
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
Features:
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Apr 2001 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$14.94]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  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"


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