The Natural (film)

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The Natural is a 1984 American sports film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall.wikipedia
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Barry Levinson

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The Natural is a 1984 American sports film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall. Director Barry Levinson said on MLB Network's "Costas at the Movies" in 2013 that while the film is based in fantasy, "through the years, these things which are outlandish actually [happen] ... like Kirk Gibson hitting the home run and limping around the bases ... Curt Schilling with the blood on the sock in the World Series."
Levinson's best-known works are mid-budget comedy-drama and drama films such as Diner (1982); The Natural (1984); Good Morning, Vietnam (1987); Bugsy (1991); and Wag the Dog (1997).

Bernard Malamud

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The Natural is a 1984 American sports film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall.
His baseball novel, The Natural, was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford.

Glenn Close

The Natural is a 1984 American sports film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall. The Natural was nominated for four Academy Awards: Actress in a Supporting Role (Glenn Close), Cinematography (Caleb Deschanel), Art Direction (Mel Bourne, Angelo P. Graham, Bruce Weintraub), and Music (Randy Newman).
Her film debut came in The World According to Garp (1982), which was followed by supporting roles in the films The Big Chill (1983) and The Natural (1984); all three earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Robert Duvall

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The Natural is a 1984 American sports film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall. He boards a train en route to the tryouts, and meets a legendary ballplayer nicknamed “Whammer” (Baker), the best hitter in the big leagues, as well as sportswriter Max Mercy (Duvall).
The Natural (1984), Lonesome Dove (1989), The Handmaid's Tale (1990), Days of Thunder (1990), Rambling Rose (1991), and Falling Down (1993).

Kim Basinger

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The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Close), and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger).
She subsequently garnered acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role in The Natural (1984).

The Natural

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The Natural is a 1984 American sports film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall.
A film adaptation of The Natural, starring Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, was released in 1984.

TriStar Pictures

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It was the first film produced by TriStar Pictures.
The studio's first produced film in 1984 was The Natural starring Robert Redford.

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The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Close), and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger). The Natural was nominated for four Academy Awards: Actress in a Supporting Role (Glenn Close), Cinematography (Caleb Deschanel), Art Direction (Mel Bourne, Angelo P. Graham, Bruce Weintraub), and Music (Randy Newman).

Wilford Brimley

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The team is managed by Pop Fisher (Brimley), who initially dislikes that Hobbs has joined the team, believing that at his age he would be more of a hindrance than a help.
After serving in the Marines and doing a variety of jobs including ranch hand and wrangler, Brimley became an extra for Westerns, and in little more than a decade he had established himself as a character actor in films such as The China Syndrome (1979), The Thing (1982) and The Natural (1984).

Robert Prosky

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He tells Hobbs that if Pop loses the pennant this year, then his ownership share of the team will revert to the team's majority owner, The Judge (Prosky) and Pop will be out of the game for good.
He became a well-known supporting actor in the 1980s with his roles in Thief (1981), Christine (1983), The Natural (1984), and Broadcast News (1987).

All-High Stadium

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All-High Stadium, also in Buffalo, stood in for Chicago's Wrigley Field in a key scene.
The stadium was used in the filming of a key scene in The Natural, a 1984 film set in the 1930s, as a stand-in for Wrigley Field in Chicago, which was unavailable.

Robert Redford

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The Natural is a 1984 American sports film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall.
Soon after that he starred in the baseball drama The Natural (1984).

Joe Don Baker

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He boards a train en route to the tryouts, and meets a legendary ballplayer nicknamed “Whammer” (Baker), the best hitter in the big leagues, as well as sportswriter Max Mercy (Duvall).
He was "The Whammer," a baseball player modeled after Babe Ruth, in the 1984 baseball drama The Natural that starred Robert Redford.

Richard Farnsworth

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One night Hobbs has dinner after a game with the team's bench coach, Red Blow (Farnsworth), where Red explains the ownership situation of the Knights.
He appeared as a baseball coach in The Natural (1984).

Barbara Hershey

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The feat catches the attention of Harriet Bird (Hershey), a mysterious woman who had previously been fawning over Whammer.
Some of the "women roles" that followed The Stunt Man included the horror movie The Entity (1982); Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff (1983), in which she played Glennis Yeager, wife of test pilot Chuck Yeager; and The Natural (1984), in which she shot Robert Redford's character, inspired by a real-life incident where Ruth Ann Steinhagen shot ballplayer Eddie Waitkus.

John Finnegan (actor)

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He also appeared in Heroes (1977), The Natural (1984), School Spirit (1985), Big Man on Campus (1989) and Come See the Paradise (1990), and portrayed Judge Edward A. Haggerty in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991).

South Dayton, New York

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Additional filming took place at the New York and Lake Erie Railroad depot in South Dayton, New York.
It was also featured in the classic film, The Natural, which starred Robert Redford.

War Memorial Stadium (Buffalo, New York)

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Many of the baseball scenes were filmed in 1983 at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, New York, built in 1937 and demolished in 1988.
Ironically, that worn-down look worked perfectly for the 1984 film The Natural, about which Fimrite was writing.

Buffalo, New York

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Many of the baseball scenes were filmed in 1983 at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, New York, built in 1937 and demolished in 1988.
Movies shot with significant footage of Buffalo include: Hide in Plain Sight (1980), Tuck Everlasting (1981), Best Friends (1982), The Natural (1984), Vamping (1984), Canadian Bacon (1995), Buffalo '66 (1998), Manna from Heaven (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), The Savages (2007), Henry's Crime (2011), Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows (2016), Marshall (2016), Accidental Switch (2016), and The American Side (2017).

Alan Fudge

Films in which he appeared include Airport 1975 (1974), Bug (1975), Capricorn One (1978), Chapter Two (1979), The Border (1982), Brainstorm (1983), The Natural (1984), My Demon Lover (1987) and Edward Scissorhands (1990).

Randy Newman

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The Natural was nominated for four Academy Awards: Actress in a Supporting Role (Glenn Close), Cinematography (Caleb Deschanel), Art Direction (Mel Bourne, Angelo P. Graham, Bruce Weintraub), and Music (Randy Newman).
His film scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, 'Pleasantville', Meet the Parents, Cold Turkey and Seabiscuit.

Darren McGavin

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At a formal dinner, Mercy introduces Hobbs to Gus Sands (McGavin), a bookie whom Hobbs learns enjoys placing large bets against him.
McGavin appeared in 1984's The Natural as a shady gambler, and appeared on a Christmas episode ("Midnight of the Century") of Millennium, playing the long-estranged father of Frank Black (Lance Henriksen).

1988 World Series

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Director Barry Levinson said on MLB Network's "Costas at the Movies" in 2013 that while the film is based in fantasy, "through the years, these things which are outlandish actually [happen] ... like Kirk Gibson hitting the home run and limping around the bases ... Curt Schilling with the blood on the sock in the World Series."
By the time Kirk Gibson reached his locker after Game 1, bullpen coach Mark Cresse had written "R. HOBBS" on a piece of paper and taped it over Gibson's nameplate, which was in reference to Gibson's heroics mirroring those of the fictional slugger played by Robert Redford in The Natural.

New York and Lake Erie Railroad

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Additional filming took place at the New York and Lake Erie Railroad depot in South Dayton, New York.
NYLE was used as the setting for railroad scenes in the 1987 film Planes, Trains & Automobiles and the railroad tracks and depot in South Dayton, along with other portions of the village, were featured in the 1983 Robert Redford movie The Natural.