Robert Redford in "The Natural" was this movie a box office hit?

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  1. todd stone

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    I would suspect so, a very excellent movie IMO
     
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    Yeah, it made money! According to IMDB it made 48 million during it's 1984 theatrical release and 25 million in rental income.

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    It lasted about a week in it's first release.
    It did, however get good reviews and succeeded in rental.
    It's always been one of my top 10, and I have both Laser Disc and DVD.[​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, just got done watching it on AMC. Best I have ever seen it. Only saw it before on video rental. It is such a fun and engaging movie, that I can overlook the horrific lack of ability of the players, and a 50ish Redford playing the part of a 18 to thirthysomething player.
    It still is my favorite baseball/sports movie. 61 may be way more accurate, but The Natural is more classy.
    If they had wanted a different age correct Aryan character than Redford they could have picked Val Kilmer but for a fantasy who cares.
    Kim Basinger did look fine.
    Hobbs wonders why he got played by two women. I can only think of two words to explain why. Glenn Close
     
  5. Michael D. Bunting

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    "Now batting.....#9....Roy....Hobbs........"
    I own both the LD and the DVD - the DVD is Anamorphic Widescreen and looks tremendous - given the age of this film.
    Great movie - one of my all time favorites.
    I can't decide If I like The Natural or HOOSIERS more - as my all time favorite sports movie.
     
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    The Natural is one of my all time faves. Absolutely terrific film. Hoosiers would be second.
     
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    Michael-

    I'm especially partial to baseball, so I'd add Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and Breaking Away (another "Indiana movie" to go with Hoosiers) to that short list of all-time favorite sports movies.

    The Natural had quite a cast, besides Redford, Close, and Basinger. Try Robert Duvall, Wilford Brimley, Richard Farnsworth, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, a Joe Don Baker - a very nice character actor ensemble, I'd say.

    It grossed $50M at the box office in 1984, and garnered 4 Oscar nominations, from the liner notes.
     
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    I remember the movie opened no. 1 it's 1st week so it was a hit. A base hit , no homer.
     

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