The Natural (1984)

Director
Barry Levinson

Main cast
Robert Redford; Glenn Close; Kim Basinger; Wilford Brimley; Robert Duvall

Genres
Drama

Description
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.


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