The Natural
First screened in July 2016
Director: Barry Levinson. Cast: Robert Redford, Wilford Brimley, Robert Duvall, Kim Basinger, Glenn Close, Michael Madsen, Robert Prosky, Barbara Hershey, Paul Sullivan Jr., Richard Farnsworth, Alan Fudge, John Finnegan, Joe Don Baker, Robert Rich III, Jon Van Ness. Screenplay: Roger Towne and Phil Dusenberry (based on the novel by Bernard Malamud).

Twitter Capsule: Quite handsome, beyond just Redford, but often awkwardly adrift between precision period realism and pompous folklore.

VOR:   I'm not sure why baseball inspires so many filmmakers to such strange amalgams of Americana and folkloric mysticism (see also: Field of Dreams). Ambitious and semi-interesting.

Photo © 1984 TriStar Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Glenn Close
Best Cinematography: Caleb Deschanel
Best Art Direction: Mel Bourne; Angelo P. Graham & Bruce Weintraub
Best Original Score: Randy Newman

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger

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