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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Renard (as Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn)
Andrew J. Ferchland ...
Richie Renard
Brandon Hammond ...
Sean Rayburn
Leon, the Bartender


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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All baseball fans have a favorite player. This one has a favorite target. 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


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


JPY 488,949,200 (Japan) (29 November 1996)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wesley Snipes originally wanted to play the part taken by Robert De Niro. See more »


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 »


[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 Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of Promotone B.V./Virgin Records
Published by Colgems-EMI Music Inc.
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User Reviews

"A Simple Thank You Would Have Been Nice"
26 September 2001 | by (Gresham, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This movie wasn't as bad as everyone says. I think it's safe to say that I am a fan of Robert De Niro, and that will certainly help if you like Robert De Niro to enjoy this movie. But I didn't enjoy this movie solely on the fact that I like De Niro, I thought Snipes gave an equally choice performance. The thrills in this movie were small, but they were satisfying. The ending is, without a doubt, the best part. There were other good thrills though, like the freezer scene.

I must say that I liked this movie a good deal. Its is not without its flaws, but in order to enjoy this movie, and a lot of other movies for that matter, you must look past the flaws, and just take it for what it is. Enjoy this movie for its handful of thrills, decent acting, and great music (I am a big fan of the Rolling Stones also). This is a good no-brainer with a creepy overtone, so just watch it for its pros, not its cons. 8/10

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