Three-times MVP baseball player Bobby Rayburn joins the San Francisco Giants, and obsessive fan, whose profession is selling hunting knives, Gil Renard is excited over that. But Rayburn plays the worst season of his career and Renard tries to do everything to help him, but goes too far.Written by
John Kruk, a longtime pro baseball player with San Diego and Philadelphia, was an extra in the film. He was critical of the production in several pre-release interviews, stating that while he liked Wesley Snipes, he couldn't swing a baseball bat in a remotely convincing way, and that Director Tony Scott knew nothing about baseball, and made no effort to learn (when Kruk pointed out to Scott that the film's presentation of rows of books in the dugout was totally ridiculous, Scott told him to go away and ignored it). See more »
Several times, the announcer says "Now batting, Bobby Rayburn", and Rayburn gets off the bench to approach home plate and begin the at-bat. In a real baseball game, he would come from the "On-Deck" circle as he was announced. See more »
[Gil narrating his poem]
Excited and anxious, I await my dream / To escape, applaud and embrace my team / Opening day I always can trust / It's just for this high that I crazily lust / Return of our hero does brighten the days / Just briefly my troubles get lost in the haze / The grace from the field arouses the crowd / Reflects on the days when I was quite proud / I'm more entranced than the average fan / I used to play, you see, and I know I still can / That time I drove the ball ...
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While I agree with some of the previous comments about the lack of attention to detail and the confusing cinematography, I really did enjoy this movie. The story itself is not particularly original and the ending is weak -- but I thought the build-up of Gil's (De Niro) character to be quite effective. Although Gil was what one would typically label a loser, I couldn't help but feel for the guy. Many movies about psychos/stalkers fail to give you any insight into why he's doing all these bad things -- all you know is that he's not a nice guy. This movie did a great job of portraying how Gil's volatile personality, his obsession with the baseball and with Bobby (Snipes) in particular, and his loss of everything else that mattered to him, ultimately led him to do what he did.
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