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The Natural or Fear Strikes Out

Poll ended at Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:55 pm

The Natural
22
96%
Fear Strikes Out
1
4%
 
Total votes : 23

BBM Round 1 - The Natural vs. Fear Strikes Out

Postby ironman » Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:55 pm

The Natural

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From the sun-dappled heartland, a young man (Robert Redford, in soft lighting) emerges as maybe the best baseball player anybody's ever seen. On his way to the majors, he is cut down by an enigmatic black widow (Barbara Hershey) and vanishes for many years. When he reemerges, a silent mystery, he lands a spot with the New York team and begins tearing up the league--he's still the natural. Fans of the Bernard Malamud novel will be dismayed at the pure mythical hokum of this film, but baseball fanatics have been known to watch and rewatch this one; after all, it's constructed as a kind of shrine to the national pastime. Barry Levinson (Rain Man) directs the movie with an unabashed devotion to the game, although the film could use more of the realities of chewing tobacco and pine tar. Redford is fine, and Kim Basinger and Oscar-nominated Glenn Close are effective as the women in his life. The crowning touch is the soaring, extraordinary music by Randy Newman, the singer-songwriter turned orchestral composer.

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Fear Strikes Out

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From its early scenes of a young Jimmy Piersall literally suffering his father's abusive determination that the boy should play baseball, Robert Mulligan's 1957 Fear Strikes Out becomes more about mental health than love of the game. But this is a compelling drama about the real-life Piersall's gradual breakdown one season before a national audience, the legacy of his domineering dad's overbearing ways. (Karl Malden plays Piersall's father.) Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird) brings his usual, civilized mix of poignancy and dramatic urgency to the proceedings, keeping any viewer (sports fan or not) involved. Perkins looks out of place on the field and is meant to appear that way; his fragility and intensity underscore the sad tale of Piersall's woes.
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Postby logan » Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:02 pm

the natural
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Postby beltrans_boy » Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:52 pm

The Natural
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Postby GiantFan666 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:16 pm

The Natural of course....
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Postby Madison » Mon Apr 18, 2005 4:57 pm

"I'm gonna swing away."

The Natural. ;-D
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 5:50 pm

GiantFan666 wrote:The Natural of course....
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:53 pm

I am going against the grain here....I really liked Fear strikes out...it is a very deep and touching movie....with a story that is riviting and that we all can realte too.... :-)

That and I knew everyone else would vote for The Natural.... B-)
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Postby ensanimal » Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:40 pm

the natural naturally ;-D
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Postby Kingctb27 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:58 pm

THe Natural is one of my Fav's.
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Postby bucsfan04 » Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:53 am

definetly the natural.
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