“The Natural” revolves around Roy Hobbs, a budding baseball star who, at the tender age of 14, crafts a distinctive baseball bat from a fallen oak tree, dubbing it “Wonderboy.” His prodigious talent catches the eye of major league scouts, but a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman abruptly curtails his journey to stardom.

Decades later, a persevering Hobbs re-emerges, now as a rookie for The New York Knights. Wrestling with physical and emotional adversities, Hobbs takes to the field with his storied Wonderboy. In a climactic moment, his powerful home run shatters the stadium lights, cementing his legacy, leading the Knights toward victory, and reclaiming the destiny that once eluded him.

The Natural | May 11, 1984 (United States) 7.4
Director: Barry LevinsonWriter: Bernard Malamud, Roger Towne, Phil DusenberryStars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn CloseSummary: A middle-aged unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary baseball player with almost supernatural talent.


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