The Natural

The Natural
The Natural
  • PG
  • 2h 18m
  • 1984
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Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. Robert Redford stars in this inspiring fable that begins when 14-year-old Hobbs (Redford) fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy (Robert Duvall), who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobb's career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from The New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chance to lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.
© 1984 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Though heavy with sentiment, The Natural is an irresistible classic, and a sincere testament to America's national pastime.
Chicago Tribune
Gene Siskel

Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, ther...

June 22, 2017
Variety Staff

The Natural is an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.

June 21, 2017
Time Out

Let yourself go and be rewarded by the sight of a hero running home to victory through clouds of f...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sappy baseball movie has violence, emotional intensity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Natural is a 1984 movie in which Robert Redford plays a mysterious and gifted baseball player who emerges as a rookie in his mid-30s and turns his team's fortunes around. For lovers of baseball movies and sports films in general, this is one of the all-time classics. As a movie set in the late 1930s, there's regular cigarette and cigar smoking. The lead character is shot in the chest and falls to the ground bleeding; the woman who shot him is later shown in a picture on the sidewalk dead and covered in blood. Implied sex when a seductive woman enters the lead character's hotel room, removes her coat, and reveals nothing underneath (no nudity). Beer and alcohol drinking, but no one acts drunk. Cursing includes "son of a bitch" and "s--tkicker." The lead character's father dies of a heart attack in a flashback scene.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:May 11, 1984
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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