In “The Fan”, Gil Renard, a fervent yet unstable baseball enthusiast, grows obsessively attached to his favorite player, Bobby Rayburn. When the San Francisco Giants acquire Rayburn, his game suffers, causing tensions among fans and the team. Gil, amidst his own troubles, wrongly believes teammate Juan Primo is the problem, resulting in a tragic confrontation. Gil’s obsession escalates to kidnapping Rayburn’s son, holding him ransom for a dedicated home run. The intense finale takes place at Candlestick Park, exposing Gil’s delusional extremes.

The film highlights the dangerous edges of intense fandom, contrasting the allure of sports with its obsessive downsides. It sheds light on the pressures athletes face while also probing the mind of a disturbed admirer.

The Fan | August 16, 1996 (United States) 5.9
Director: Tony ScottWriter: Peter Abrahams, Phoef SuttonStars: Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen BarkinSummary: An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.


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