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The Natural

"Red, it took me sixteen years to get here. You play me, and I'll give ya the best I got."

Baseball. Just like apple pie, it’s an intrinsic part of America. Movies about baseball, on the other hand, didn’t really become popular forms of entertainment until 1984’s “The Natural”, which is what we’re talking about this week. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we expound on the mythos of this film and what makes it so great. Is it the amazing (and surprisingly dark) source material written by Bernard Malamud? Or the brilliant performances headed up by Robert Redford? The stunning and timeless score by Randy Newman? Or is it the nature of the game itself? It’s hard to say, ladies and gentlemen, but we cover all of it. We talk about the amazing and Oscar-nominated cinematography and art direction. We talk about what makes baseball movies great — possibly better than other sports movies as a whole (except Caddyshack). We chat about how Barry Levinson and his team came together to make this, the first film for Tri-Star Pictures, a brand new studio (until Sony swallowed it up). We touch on the history of baseball movies, and even mention Andy’s tie to the history of the sport itself (even if he can’t get his facts straight). It’s a wonderful film about a true hero’s journey that can make grown men cry. It’s a great film to kick off our 80s baseball movie series. Listen in!

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