The Natural

The Natural

Barry Levinson (1984)

PG Certificate
Fri 21 May 6:10pm - 9pm TCM Movies


Our Score
Based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel, this is a wistful and often memorable look at the world of baseball by Rain Man director Barry Levinson. Robert Redford is at his beautiful best as Roy Hobbs, a promising player who experiences the highs and lows of the game as well as relationships. (This is one of the many American movies that equates their national sport with the biggest ball game of all - life.) This is more Field of Dreams than Bull Durham: baseball here is seen as something magical - Redford has a mystical bat named "Wonderboy", which he fashioned from a tree struck by lightning - rather than merely a sport. If you can suspend disbelief and let yourself be drawn into the movie, you'll be rewarded with an emotional and heart-warming experience that will have you cheering. Meanwhile Caleb Deschanel's scintillating, Oscar-nominated cinematography is just sublime.


A baseball prodigy's dreams of sporting stardom are cut short when he gets shot. Once he has recovered from his injuries, he rejoins his team as a rookie recruit at an age when most players are thinking of retiring - only to enjoy an unexpected run of success. Drama, starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Robert Duvall and Barbara Hershey.

Cast & Crew

Roy Hobbs Robert Redford
Max Mercy Robert Duvall
Iris Glenn Close
Memo Paris Kim Basinger
Pop Fisher Wilford Brimley
Harriet Bird Barbara Hershey
The Judge Robert Prosky
Red Blow Richard Farnsworth
The Whammer Joe Don Baker
Ed Hobbs Alan Fudge
Young Roy Paul Sullivan Jr
"Bump" Bailey MIchael Madsen
Gus Sands Darren McGavin
Director Barry Levinson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Contains some violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD