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The Fan (1996)

 -  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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Baseball's $40 million man has always treated the game like a matter of life and death. This time, it really is. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

JPY 320,462,900 (Japan) (15 November 1996)

Gross:

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

Cal Ripken, Jr. was Wesley Snipes personal batting instructor during filming. See more »

Goofs

When Garrity goes berserk on the car door with a tanto, you can clearly see he bends the blade to where it's almost at a 90 degree angle, only for it to be perfectly straight later. 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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Soundtracks

ART OF SELF DESTRUCTION, PART ONE
Written by Trent Reznor
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Courtesy of TVT Records and Interscope Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
Published by Leaving Hope/TVT Music Inc.
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Probably the most underrated De Niro film of all time!
26 August 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is KING OF COMEDY meets TAXI DRIVER, with a bit of CAPE FEAR, THIS BOY'S LIFE, and BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY thrown in for flavor. I can't imagine why the critics panned this film, because it takes you to unexplored territory, it's filled with rich, complex characters, and the story is gripping and believable from beginning to end. I definitely put THE FAN in the top ten De Niro films, and place it levels above anything else that he's done since the early nineties. If Rupert Pupkin had been obsessed with baseball, rather than Jerry Lewis, and if he'd had Tarvis Bickle's hatred for humanity and Dwight Hanson's anger and hostility, then he would have been Gil Renard. Lot's of surprising twists, and absolutely classic last words from Coup.


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