This movie shouldn't be this good. But it is, dammit. It just is.
The Natural is definitely a tropey, hacky movie that leans in to every single sports cliche it can. But an all-star cast anchored by the 47-year-old Adonis Robert Redford, the gorgeous cinematography from Caleb Deschanel, and a score that holds a very special place in Macintosh's sports heart make this movie a definite sports classic. We didn't want to like this movie as much as we do. But this movie charms you with its characters and makes baseball into a beautiful sport. Just don't tell Europe.
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Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.
Excerpt of "The Final Game/Take Me Out to the Ballgame" taken from The Natural film soundtrack, written and composed by Randy Newman. Find the album of incredible music on Amazon or iTunes. ℗ 1984 Tri-star Pictures.