105 Must Watch Films: The Natural (1984)

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Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Director: Barry Levinson

This sweet film starring Robert Redford is a lovely, uplifting piece of nostalgia and romance. Roy Hobbs (Redford) is a man with a gift for baseball, and has big plans for the future with his girlfriend Iris (Close), all of which come crashing down when he catches the eye of a scout, and in a strange fit of despair a woman in black shoots him and then kills herself.

Years later, at 38, Hobbs tries to win his life back by trying out for a losing team. He’s slowly accepted, and starts to turn the teams fortunes around, but this draws the eyes of the men in power, who want players who do as they’re told, not honest men who play to win. Will Hobbs find himself drawn in by the beautiful Memo (Basinger) and give up his…

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