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The Fan (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  16 August 1996 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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Fear strikes. See more »


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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

Wesley Snipes had previously played a fictional big league ballplayer in the first Major League (1989) movie. See more »

Goofs

Major League Baseball rules do not allow scoreboard displays to show moving images during play. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gil Renard: [voiceover] Excited and anxious I await my dream / To escape, applaud, and embrace my team.
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Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »

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Written by Robert del Naja, Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall), Mushroom Vowles (as Andrew Vowles),
Horace Hinds (as Horace Andy) & Neneh Cherry
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Circa Records Ltd./Virgin Records
Published by Island Music Ltd. - Songs of PolyGram Int., Inc./BMG Music Publishing Ltd./EMI Virgin Music Ltd. - EMI Virgin Songs Inc.
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Not a perfect film, but I enjoyed it
4 August 2000 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

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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