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Gil is an obsessed baseball fanatic whose favorite player is Bobby Rayburn. When Bobby signs a contract with the San Francisco Giants, his batting and field averages drop. Gil decides to kill Bobby's rival and then insinuate himself into Bobby's life. Now Bobby's nightmare begins.

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Robert De Niro
as Gil Renard
Wesley Snipes
as Bobby Rayburn
Ellen Barkin
as Jewel Stern
Benicio Del Toro
as Juan Primo
Patti D'Arbanville
as Ellen Renard
Andrew J. Ferchland
as Richie Renard
Brandon Hammond
as Sean Rayburn
Dan Butler
as Garrity
Frank Medrano
as Bartender Leon
Michael Jace
as Scalper
Drew Snyder
as Burrows
Edith Diaz
as Elvira
Walter Addison
as Detective Lewis
Wayne Duvall
as Detective Baker
Joe Pichler
as Sick Sean
James MacDonald
as Sick Sean's Dad
Nikki Lee
as Dawna
Marjorie Lovett
as Stanford Woman
Michael Andolini
as Man Behind Gil
M.C. Gainey
as Man Behind Man
Michael Bofshever
as Little League Coach
Kirk Ward
as The Giant Mascot
Aaron Neville
as Opening Game Singer
Jerry Saslow
as Reporter
Bret Lewis
as Reporter
Roger Lodge
as Reporter
Ron Pitts
as Reporter
Jack Black
as Broadcast Technician
Kim Robillard
as Jefferson Sporting Goods Clerk
Keith Leon Williams
as Stadium Offical
Chante Moore
as Primo Tribute Singer
Paul Herman
as Seedy Suit Guy
Robert Louis Kempf
as Baggage Attendant
Jesse Ibarra
as Padres Pitcher
Chris Fick
as Giants Left Fielder
Ben Hines
as Giants 1st Baseman
Rick Magnante
as Giants 3rd Base Coach
Carl Mergenthaler
as Bobby's Teammate
Clayton Holt
as Bobby's Teammate
Lennox Brown
as Bobby's Teammate
Troy Anthony Cephers
as Bobby's Teammate
Freeman White
as Bobby's Teammate
Adam Druxman
as Paparazzo
Gregg Tome
as Detective Schmerg
Jennifer Stander
as Store Employee
Roy Conrad
as Shopkeeper
Richard Riehle
as Shopkeeper
Earl Billings
as Shopkeeper
Tim Monsion
as Shopkeeper
Ralph Bertelle
as Shopkeeper
Norm Compton
as Shopkeeper
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Psychological thriller...cast De Niro...check, give him lots of chances to grimace and stare down his nose at the camera with his trademark uncomfortable look of disgust...check. And that about does it for all the requirements needed to make a good thriller about a nut job. A slick thriller directed by the camp Tony Scott. Yes it has all his flashy nods like plenty of rock n roll tracks, fancy lighting and glossy sequences but at the same time its very insightful. The whole idea of looking into the obsessive, delusional almost addictive human behaviour when it comes to sports and a mans love for the game. De Niro is a knife salesman, right off the bat that doesn't sound like a sound occupation. He has a stressful time with his ex-wife who's trying to keep him away from his son, he loses his job and to top it all the new major signing for his fave baseball team is playing badly. And he really likes this new player. The problem is De Niro's character has an over the top obsessive love of the game, his home team and the new star signing. He thinks he can change their fortunes almost, he used to be a player so he thinks he knows everything and how players should play, he gets easily carried away at games, easily upset, disappointed with the results and performances he's seeing and basically starts to lose it. Of course this is all perfect for De Niro as portraying a man on the edge, a kooky lunatic slowly growing more and more angered with his situation is right up his alley. The way we see him with his son at the game shouting profanity at the field and the people around him, getting more and more agitated and scaring his son. Its really quite uncomfortable to watch and makes you feel almost sorry for him whilst at the same time kinda awkward or embarrassed. I'm sure many of us have seen real people like this at real games, it can be a nasty situation if it developes into something further. De Niro nails this beautifully with his famous scowls and 'you lookin' at me' looks. The story here is of course exaggerated and goes to a much darker place, although I'm very sure there are folk out there that are this crazy about their sports. Maybe not to this degree though. It doesn't feel too realistic though as De Niro's character seems able to get close to these big time sluggers very easily, at bars, in the stadium, at their personal homes, in gyms etc...surely it would be hard to do this generally. The way he manages to confront Del Toro's character and do what he does, plus get away with it, is also pushing the boundaries of believeability. The fact De Niro's character is a knife salesman seems a bit forced also, that's like 'what's one of the most dangerous yet easily assessable/concealable things a salesman could sell without raising much suspicion and use effectively to kill'. Would be too obvious if he sold guns. It kinda gives the game away straight away about what he's gonna do doesn't it. The whole development of the story is really predictable if I'm honest, you can see what's gonna happen a mile off and De Niro has done this type of role a few times before. But its De Niro's acting that keeps you hooked plain n simple. Its all about De Niro (trying not to say his name in every sentence here), Snipes does a solid job as the big shot new signing with the weight of the world on his shoulders but you watch for De Niro's psycho. The film is covering old ground a lot really as we've seen Snipes do all this before also in 'Major League'. Thing is you feel for De Niro's character at the end, he's just a guy trying to be with his kid, teach him about his love for the game of baseball whilst maybe having a shot at his dream too. He's not a bad guy really, he didn't intend for it to happen the way it does, he's almost forced down that route by circumstance and people's attitudes. End of the day you can see both sides of the coin for the two main characters. These big players wouldn't be where they are without the fans, none of the team would be, so the players do have to play for the team and for the fans, they owe it to the fans to do their best and show appreciation for their support. On the other hand a player should ignore everything that goes on with the fans because as Snipes' character says, when you're hitting they love you, when you're not they'll spit on you, the fans are a fickle bunch. So yes a player should really play for himself to a degree, do what he thinks is best and strive to achieve his own goals, but you will always need the team, two sides.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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Cliche, by-the-numbers, etc etc.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


De Niro is an obsessed Baseball fan, whose love for the game, sees him doing unbelivable things to meet his sporting hero. This doesn't seem to be one of De Niro's more popular films and admittedly it's not at the top of De Niro films, but I think it was a pretty good performance, we see him go from your ordinary guy to psyhcopath in a short escalating time. The film does have slightly drawn out moments but is a passible Thriller.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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This second movie title is so suspense and thriller of an older fan (Robert DeNiro) stalking a favourite baseball player (Wesley Snipes).

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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