The Natural is about a baseball player's rise, fall, and surprising comeback. In 1923, Roy Hobbs is a gifted 19-year-old athlete who plays with a lucky bat, carved with a lightning bolt, that he made himself as a boy. On his way to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs, he meets Harriet Byrd, a disturbed woman who seduces him. Harriet takes Roy to her hotel room, where she shoots Roy and then commits suicide. Roy is able to build a career for himself, but only in the minor leagues, until in 1939 he signs a contract with the struggling New York Knights. The Knights' manager, Pop Fisher, does not think much of Roy, who is older than the other rookies. When Roy proves that he is a skillful player, he wins the approval of Pop and the affections of Pop's niece, Memo Paris. His affair with Memo begins to distract him from the game until he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Iris Gaines, and learns a startling secret about her past.moreless
Production Budget - $28,000,000
Domestic Gross - $47,951,979 (14th)
Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $116,454,806
Other production companies:
Delphi II Productions
Filming locations include:
Buffalo, New York
Culver Studios, Culver City, California
Fredonia, New York
New York City, New York
Long Beach, California
South Dayton, New York
Stafford, New York
A 'director's cut' runs 10 minutes longer.
1. The best there was!
2. Boyhood dreams, a bat made from a tree struck by lightning and most importantly, a never-ending passion for the game.
3. He lived for a dream that wouldn't die.
4. From an age of innocence comes a hero for today.
Star Spangled Banner
Performed by Kate Smith