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An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

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Ellen Renard (as Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn)
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Tim
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Richie Renard
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Sean Rayburn
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Bernie
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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 Anonymous

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Rated R for strong language throughout and some intense violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fanático  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,271,406 (USA) (16 August 1996)

Gross:

JPY 488,949,200 (Japan) (29 November 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert De Niro took the Yankees bobblehead doll as a souvenir; the production company paid collector Anne Wells, who loaned it to the show, $400 for the doll. See more »

Goofs

In the opening day game, the announcer says "Now leading off for the Giants, Lanz." He hits a foul ball, then Gil decides to go. Lanz swings at the next pitch and hits one deep to the outfield. Gil runs back to his son and asks him what he missed. His son says that he hit one deep and the bases are now loaded. This is again proved true when Rayburn hits a grand slam his at bat (he batted after Lanz). If Lanz was the first batter and got a hit, there would be only one man on base, not three, thus making a grand slam impossible. See more »

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[first lines]
Gil Renard: [voiceover] Excited and anxious I await my dream / To escape, applaud, and embrace my team.
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WHAT'S GOIN' DOWN
Written by Matt Elliss, Stephen Wright, Ian Dury & Chaz Jankel (as Chas Jankel)
Performed by Honky
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Published by WB Music Corp.
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Too much flash from Tony Scott
7 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Gil Renard (Robert De Niro) is a failing knife salesman, a SF Giants fanatic, a divorced father of a boy, and a very angry guy. Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes) is a new sign to the ball club, and the hope for savior. Both men's lives go downhill.

Director Tony Scott has made a movie filled with flash and sizzle. It doesn't accentuate as much as distract. When there is a master thespian like Robert De Niro, all the extra fireworks just take the focus away from the real show. And Wesley Snipes isn't likable enough. A less stereotypical selfish black athlete may help. His scenes with his agent Manny (John Leguizamo) are annoying and tiresome. This could have been a creepy character study like the iconic 'Taxi Driver'. But it never allows De Niro any peace and quiet to do his work properly.


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