Dave's Next 50
Title: The Natural
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Barbara Hershey, Wilford Brimley, Robert Prosky
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1984
Running Time: 137 min
Genres: Drama, Sport
The movie then skips ahead to 16 years later. Hobbs moves to New York and trains for the New York Knights (a fictitious team), who's having lots of trouble. He gets signed by a scout, but the manager Pop Fisher (Brimley) is unimpressed with Hobbs and refuses to let him play. Hobbs refuses to leave though, and eventually he's given a chance to practice batting. He ends up hitting every ball well past the fence, whence Fisher finally decides to let him play. In his first hit, he literally tears the cover off the ball, leaving an unravelling ball of string in the outfield. After that he hits one home run after another, turning the Knights into a winning team.
Shortly thereafter, Hobbs is reunited with his childhood sweetheart Iris Gaines (Close), who it turns out he'd have a son with whom he hasn't met yet.
The Judge (Prosky), the corrupt owner of the Knights, wants Hobbs to lose so that he can become full owner of the team. He fails to convince Hobbs to lose, but realizes that women are his weakness, so he arranges for an associate of his to introduce him to his mistress Memo Paris (Basinger). Once Hobbs gets involved with her, he starts losing. As he starts to back away from her, The Judge resorts to poisoning Hobbs, aggravating his old wounds and causing his stomach to bleed. Going against doctor's orders, Hobbs decides to play in the World Series in any case.
As he plays, his stomach wounds grows more and more severe and it is doubtful whether he will survive. But in the end he sees Iris in the stands with a 16-year-old boy who looks like him. This inspires him to play his heart out once again. A spectacular hit is shown in which he strikes out the lights, causing it to rain sparks, and hits a home run.
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