An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman.Written by
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Scenes depicting the games at Wrigley Field were filmed at All High Stadium in Buffalo, a venue primarily used for High School Football. Images of the Wrigley Field stands and scoreboard were matted over during post production. See more »
Batboy Bobby Savoy is depicted as traveling with the Knights on their road trips to other National League ballparks. Actually, the home team provides batboys for visiting teams. See more »
I'll take some coffee, then.
[Hobbs finds ball and glove on couch after viewing framed photos placed on furniture]
It's my son's. he means the world to me. he's a great kid.
I'll bet he is. I'd like to meet him.
He's coming pretty soon.
Is he with his father?
No. His father lives in New York. But, I'm thinking he needs his father; he's at that age. He needs him.
Sure. A father makes all the difference.
[music starts as she turns her gaze away from the conversation and whispers]
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There is an edited version which was released in several European countries (e.g. United Kingdom, West Germany). This version edits many dialogue and playing scenes to tighten up the pacing. It runs approx. 14 minutes shorter than the US theatrical version. See more »
This is THE classic sports-Walter Mitty-fantasy movie, with an ending that may seem corny to cynical critics or those who prefer the book, but was perfect for me and a lot of other people.
Granted, I am a little biased in my review since the movie was made in the area in which grew up. Having made many trips to the ballpark in which the movie was filmed, and to the old-fashioned soda shoppe where Robert Redford and Glenn Close re-unite, this movie was special to all of us in Western New York. It always a kick, too, (and a bit odd) to watch the final scene since the opposing pitcher is a personal friend.
I think I would have loved this movie regardless of the "home-field advantage." It's an interesting, involving story that has you really rooting for Redford's character. To have actors like Close, Robert Duvall, Richard Farnsworth, Kim Basinger, Wilfred Brimley, Darren McGavin, Barabara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Joe Don Baker and others in the "lineup" doesn't hurt, either!
The cinematography is beautiful, too. That was something I never really appreciated until after several viewings. There are some wonderfully subdued brown and golden hues in here. This is very pretty motion picture.
All the characters - the good and the bad, and there are plenty of both - are fascinating. It's also nice to see an actor in a baseball film that actually knows how to throw, hit and field a baseball. This is a great, old-fashioned storytelling.
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