Absolutely Adequate wrote: Arlo wrote:
Book or movie?
Fantastic. I thought I was the only one who read Malamud these days.
Have you ever read any Walter Tevis? He does essentially the same thing with pool and chess.
I barely even acknowledge the movie. I consider it to be about as serious a baseball movie as Major League.
The book was MUCH better, especially the ending!!! Hate that stupid insipid blowing up of the stadium lights in the movie. Its much better in the book to have him take the bribe, decide to hit anyway, stirke out, then get thrown of baseball. And the last scene is of him crying as a little kid is saying "Say it ain't so, Roy" - a scene they instead used for the movie of "Eight Men Out". But Hollywood in the 1980's needed to slap on a crappy feel-good ending on The Natural, thus severly cheapening the entire movie.
So, for Pickering's sake, I hope he isn't a modern Roy Hobbs.
"One of the teams represents truth, justice, the American way, and underdogs everywhere. The other represents George Steinbrenner!" - U.S. News and World Reports columnist John Leo on the difference between the Mets and the Yankees.