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.


ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
1976, Warner Bros., 138 min, USA, Dir: Alan J. Pakula

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman shine as Washington Post investigative reporters Woodward and Bernstein, the pair responsible for uncovering the shocking truth behind the Watergate break-in. A tense, real-life detective saga demonstrating what a courageous free press can accomplish, with a sterling supporting cast that includes Jason Robards, Martin Balsam, Jack Warden, Jane Alexander, Hal Holbrook and F. Murray Abraham.


THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
1975, Paramount, 117 min, USA, Dir: Sydney Pollack

Robert Redford is a mild-mannered CIA clerk forced into action when he returns from a lunch break to find all of his coworkers dead. As he tries to discover the truth behind the murders, he finds himself on the run from assassins and engaged in an unlikely romance with Faye Dunaway in Pollack’s intricate, fast-paced political thriller, scripted by Lorenzo Semple Jr.


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