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The Fan (1996)

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

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Peter Abrahams (book), Phoef Sutton (screenplay)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Gil Renard
Wesley Snipes ... Bobby Rayburn
Ellen Barkin ... Jewel Stern
John Leguizamo ... Manny
Benicio Del Toro ... Juan Primo
Patti D'Arbanville ... Ellen Renard (as Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn)
Chris Mulkey ... Tim
Andrew J. Ferchland Andrew J. Ferchland ... Richie Renard
Brandon Hammond ... Sean Rayburn
Charles Hallahan ... Coop
Dan Butler ... Garrity
Kurt Fuller ... Bernie
Michael Jace ... Scalper
Frank Medrano ... Leon, the Bartender
Don S. Davis ... Stook
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,271,406, 18 August 1996

Gross USA:

$18,626,419

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,626,419
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Major League Baseball games are not played in heavy rainstorms. The game would either be stopped until the rain subsides or called off and rescheduled. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gil Renard: [Gil narrating his poem] Excited and anxious, I await my dream / To escape, applaud and embrace my team / Opening day I always can trust / It's just for this high that I crazily lust / Return of our hero does brighten the days / Just briefly my troubles get lost in the haze / The grace from the field arouses the crowd / Reflects on the days when I was quite proud / I'm more entranced than the average fan / I used to play, you see, and I know I still can / That time I drove the ball ...
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Connections

Referenced in Fan (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Similar to king of comedy
19 October 2004 | by ga41See all my reviews

Is it just me or does this film share so many of the aspects that the King of Comedy made over ten years earlier? Both of De Niros characters are losers who have a dream, both are unlucky in love, both have short tempers when pushed, both have obvious disorders within their mind and both are obsessive 'fans' of bobby rayburn and jerry langford, respectively. Stalking and kidnapping occurs in each film by De Niro, of his respective hero but neither hero actually gets hurt. Though in the King of comedy he is funnier and probably a nicer guy!


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