The Natural

1984

The Natural

Critics Consensus

Though heavy with sentiment, The Natural is an irresistible classic, and a sincere testament to America's national pastime.

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Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. 14-year-old Hobbs fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy, who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobb's career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from The New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chance to lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.

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Cast

Robert Redford
as Roy Hobbs
Robert Duvall
as Max Mercy
Wilford Brimley
as Pop Fisher
Glenn Close
as Iris Gaines
Kim Basinger
as Memo Paris
Barbara Hershey
as Harriet Bird
Robert Prosky
as The Judge
Joe Don Baker
as The Whammer
John Finnegan
as Sam Simpson
Alan Fudge
as Ed Hobbs
Paul Sullivan
as Young Roy
Rachel Hall
as Young Iris
Robert III Rich
as Teb Hobbs
Michael Madsen
as Bump Bailey
Jon Van Ness
as John Olsen
Danny Aiello
as Emil LaJang
Mickey Treanor
as Doc Dizzy
George Wilkosz
as Bobby Savoy
Anthony J. Ferrera
as Coach Wilson
Danny Aiello III
as Emil LaJong
Joe Castellano
as Allie Stubbs
Eddie Cipot
as Gabby Laslow
Ralph Tabakin
as Al's Customer
Ken Grassano
as Al Fowler
Robert Kalaf
as Cal Baker
Gayle Vance
as Maid at Party
Bernie McInerney
as Hospital Doctor
Barry Kivel
as Pat McGee
Steven Kronovet
as Tommy Hinkle
James Meyer
as Dutch Schultz
Ed Walsh
as Newsreel Presenter
Sam Green
as Murphy
Sibby Sisti
as Pirates Manager
Phillip D. Rosenberg
as Pitcher Youngberry
Christopher B. Rehbaum
as Pitcher John Rhoades
Nicholas Koleff
as Umpire Augie
Jerry Stockman
as Umpire Babe
James Quamo
as Memorial Game Umpire
Joseph Strand
as Home Plate Umpire at Final Game
Darren McGavin
as Gus Sands
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Critic Reviews for The Natural

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

  • Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, there's a lot of both in The Natural.

    Mar 19, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Levinson must have felt he had to swing for the fences. He can be forgiven for choking up with all The Natural's fans looking on dubiously. In fairness, the official scorer must credit him with a single. And Redford with an RBI.

    Mar 21, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.

    Mar 21, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • I've just about had it with directors who use the mythic mode as an alibi for unshaded characterizations, simpleminded plotting, and swells of artificial emotionality.

    Mar 21, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Let yourself go and be rewarded by the sight of a hero running home to victory through clouds of fire.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The message is: Baseball is purely and simply a matter of divine intervention. At about the 130-minute mark, I got the idea that God's only begotten son was playing right field for the New York team.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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