THE NATURAL
1984, Sony Repertory, 134 min, USA, Dir: Barry Levinson

Based on the 1952 novel by Bernard Malamud. Barry Levinson (RAIN MAN, BUGSY) directs Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, an over-the-hill rookie who appears out of nowhere to lead a losing 1930s baseball team, the New York Knights, to the top. A tragic turn had destroyed Hobbs' early playing career, and now he is going to live what should have been. The all-star cast features Glenn Close (nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award), Kim Basinger, Robert Duvall and Barbara Hershey. The great music score, one of the most recognized in film history, is by Randy Newman. Life often imitates art, as the Oscar-nominated score is now recognized as the soundtrack behind the legendary Kirk Gibson home run for the L.A. Dodgers in the 1988 World Series. Redford’s bat, "Wonderboy," rivals CITIZEN KANE’s sleigh, "Rosebud," as one of Hollywood’s best-known props. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel.


FATAL ATTRACTION
1987, Paramount, 119 min, USA, Dir: Adrian Lyne

“I'm not gonna be ignored!” This crackling, tension-packed thriller is set into motion when a married attorney (Michael Douglas) has what he thinks is a one-night stand with a publishing executive (Glenn Close), who becomes the most vengeful “other woman” you’ve ever seen. Alternately sexy and scary, this box office smash benefits from a strong supporting performance by Anne Archer and an unforgettably nerve-jolting finale.


REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
1990, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA/Japan/UK, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Jeremy Irons won a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor for his wonderfully sly performance as aristocrat Claus von Bülow, accused of attempted murder of his rich wife, Sunny (Glenn Close). Costarring Ron Silver as Alan Dershowitz.


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