The Fan (1996)

R   |    |  Action, Drama, Sport

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




  • Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes in The Fan (1996)
  • The Fan (1996)
  • Robert De Niro and Andrew J. Ferchland in The Fan (1996)
  • John Kruk and Cal Ripken in The Fan (1996)
  • Tony Scott in The Fan (1996)
  • Tony Scott in The Fan (1996)

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7 November 2013 | SnoopyStyle
| Too much flash from Tony Scott
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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