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‘The Natural’ (1984)

‘The Natural’ (1984) In spite of the A-list stars — Glenn Close, Robert Redford and Kim Basinger — Barry Levinson creates a great film in his adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s 1954 novel, ‘ The Natural ‘. Adapted from for the screen by Robert Towne (‘ Chinatown ‘ (1974), ‘ The Firm’ (1993)) , Levinson manipulates these high-dollar performers like the actors in a Cassavetes film — the characters they play are caricatures of the performers themselves.

Redford is the faded golden-boy; Basinger is the Monroe-like gold-digger to his DiMaggio; Close plays the homely high-school sweetheart who ultimately redeems him. [Read more →]