The Fan

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Director(s): Tony Scott
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.8
Metacritic:
32
Rotten Tomatoes:
34%
R
Year:
1996
116 min
79 Views

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

With such loft

My exit atop shoulders

As they carried me off

This pastime and I

Just fade into one

Expanded upon

From father and son

My boy is young

And awkward for now

I just need the time

And can show him how

I really am quite close

Just a break away

From straightening things out

And being okay

I can help my team

To regain its glory

With just a little twist

To the same old story

Players say now

They play for themselves

This causes a burning

Within me that dwells

The fan is the one

Who pays for the game

Which bestows all the riches

And welcomed fame

The players will listen

But really don't hear

All the while just hiding

Behind an invisible tear

I grow tired now of all this greed

And chart a course to set things free

We got our first caller.

Is that Gil on the cellular?

Yes, sir, it sure is.

- What's that I hear in the background?

- That's my Giants watch.

- I'm late for work.

- Giants watch, great.

- What do you got for us, Gil?

- It's just I'm really psyched.

Opening day's tomorrow.

We're all psyched.

This is different. I've been waiting

a long time for this one.

- What are you waiting for?

- Bobby Rayburn. We got him.

- We're going all the way this year.

- What would you bet on that?

- I'd bet everything I own, that's for sure.

- I like this guy. You think Rayburn's...

...worth the 40 mil, huh?

-.310 lifetime batting average.

He's worth twice that,

three times that.

I bet he'd love to hear you say that.

Let's see if we can get him on the line.

- You're gonna get him on the line?

- "Yes. Hang on. Let's find Bobby."

When we come back, we will be

talking to Bobby Rayburn.

Great.

You got Bobby Rayburn

on the line yet?

Who the f*ck does this

guy think he is?

- Three- time National League MVP?

- That allows him to f*ck up my show?

- "Hello, I got Rayburn on the line."

- We got him!

And go.

Welcome back, we're here with the

hopes and dreams of all Giants fans.

Ex-Brave centre fielder

and league RBI champ...

... four of the last five years,

Local boy come home, Bobby Rayburn.

- How you doing, Bobby?

- Hey, Jewel, how you doing?

Good to be talking to you.

I want to tell you, I love your show.

- Thanks a lot.

- Bobby, this is Bernie...

A lot of fans are on the line

dying to talk to you.

But first, how does it feel

to be back in the Bay Area?

I'm telling you, it's great. I grew up

here. The Giants are my homies.

That's good to hear.

But let me ask you this:

You're famous for your

dedication to perfection.

You're one of the

hardest-working players.

Don't forget "good-looking."

But come on, now. Bobby, baby...

...do you honestly think you are worth

40 million simoleons?

He's one of the best ballplayers

in the league.

I'm glad you asked me. I don't like to

put a money value on a human being.

But I think I have given 100 percent

to every franchise I've played with.

Attaway, Bobby!

Thank you for not answering.

- Better retreat.

- She's a riot.

What about the fans? Won't all

this money raise their expectations?

I hope so. I consider myself a

baseball fan first and a player second.

And in the game of baseball,

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Phoef Sutton

Robert Christopher Sutton (born September 11, 1958) is an American writer and producer. His film credits include Mrs. Winterbourne and The Fan, both released in 1996. Phoef — the first name that he uses both personally and professionally — is pronounced "feef", and was a childhood nickname given to him in infancy by his brothers. A 1981 graduate of James Madison University, Sutton began his career writing scripts for Newhart. He later became executive producer of and a writer for Cheers. He collaborated with Bob Newhart again on the 1992 TV series Bob and worked as a creative consultant on 90s TV series Almost Perfect and NewsRadio. With Mark Jordan Legan he wrote and produced the cult comedy series Thanks about the Pilgrims' first years in America and co-wrote a 2017 episode of Kevin Can Wait. He was also the showrunner and producer for the NBC series The Fighting Fitzgeralds and the American version of Coupling. In 1999, he published the novel Always Six O'Clock. In 2012 he published the novel The Dead Man: The Midnight Special and The Dead Man: Reborn. In May 2015, his novel Fifteen Minutes to Live was published by Brash Books. His other novels include Crush, and the two sequels Heart Attack & Vine and Colorado Boulevard, as well as two books co-authored with Janet Evanovich: Wicked Charms and Curious Minds. From 2005 to 2009, Sutton was a consulting producer for Boston Legal. In 2010, Sutton became a staff writer on the FX series Terriers starring Donal Logue. He was also a writer and consulting producer on the Rob Schneider sitcom Rob, the SyFy Channel series Defiance and the showrunner and writer for the TV Land original sitcom The Soul Man, among many other TV and film credits. He is an adviser to the American Shakespeare Center. more…

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