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The Natural... your favorite scene(s)?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Colton, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Just purchased the special edition and it's terrific. The second disc offers tremendous insight.

    OK, my favorite scene: When Roy is coming off the field during a workout and is jogging behind the mound when a teammate beckons him to throw him one final BP pitch.

    Watching him as he slowly climbs onto the hill, obviously recalling what a great pitcher he would have become had he not been shot, then wind up and fire, with Randy Newman's terrific score building... then the pitch is thrown so hard it rips the back of the cage, prompting the stunned look of the hitter to his equally stunned teammate standing a few feet away and then his look of amazement at Hobbs... not to mention the looks on the faces of Wilfred Bremley and Richard Farnsworth in the dugout.

    Something about all of the levels of this scene just does it for me.

    I had forgotten just how much I enjoy this film.

    (For what it's worth, I don't think the author's ending from the book would have worked as a movie).
  2. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Don't forget Max Mercy watching from the stands (or was it the press box?) and suddenly realizing where he's seen Hobbs before.
  3. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    MP: Definitely! In the director's cut, the scene with Mercy immediately after he rushes out of the ballpark is expanded, too.
  4. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    it's a gag hobbs.
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    The walk back from the soda fountain -- the neighborhood, the period... the calmness of him going to confession.
  6. Gutter

    Gutter Well-Known Member

    Losing is a disease ...
  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I love The Natural. I can watch it over and over again and stay engrossed in it. It's a "beautiful" film. And I like it better than Field of Dreams, for example. But I think the thing the film benefited from is also where it suffers. It was made in that period of the 80s when filmmakers were showing no daring. It's nice because the inspirational music, the happy ending and the overall syrupiness enhance the fairy tale quality of the movie. And that is what makes the movie special. But I've always had a nagging feeling, that it is a near-great movie that could have been perfect with a touch of darkness added. I love the book. I'm not suggesting that the movie should have been that dark. It would have been a completely different movie. But a little less early 80s movie-making wholesomeness might have made the movie even more perfect.
  8. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Pick me out a winner Bobby
    Okay. Still like Baseball Tonght's version a little better.

    And how can not love the end when he hit the homer and shattered the lights. Classic.

    Also when he strikes out the babe Ruth guy.
  9. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Max Mercy: "You're out."

    The old guy in the stands motioning his hand to replicate the flight of Roy's shot in Chicago.

    The Bump Baily newsreel.

    Just remembering all the bums the Knights had when Roy got there, and how these sad sacks (and they really did look like a bunch of never-was players) rallied together behind him.

    That ain't a ball!!!

    The symbolism of the warm water coming out of the fountain, but as soon as Roy starts plastering the ball in bp the water starts to finally run cold.

    Great, great movie.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Joe Charbonneau standing on the sidelines, not playing -- just like old times....
  11. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    The strikeout of the Babe Ruth character, which I think was filmed in Little Valley, N.Y.

    The scene where he's walking out the old Dodge Street tunnel exit at War Memorial Stadium, with his coat over his shoulder.

    When Glenn Close stands at Wrigley Field and the sun halo forms around her head.
  12. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    On the extras disc, Bob Costas proclaims Joe Don Baker's Whammer character as the best portrayal of Babe Ruth ever on film. Only one problem with that statement, in my humble opinion: Whammer hit right-handed.

    Did love that scene, too, though.
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