Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is a farm boy with a talent. He can play Baseball. His father (Alan Fudge) tells his boy that he must work at this talent and it will pay off for him. Tragedy strikes when Hobbs' father dies underneath this large tree. Some time later the tree is split in two by a lightning bolt. Roy cuts the rest of the tree down but he also makes a baseball bat that he calls Wonderboy. Some time later he gets a call to come to the Chicago Cubs for a tryout. Roy goes to tell his girlfriend that after he settles in he will come for her. Iris Gaines (Glenn Close) is in love with Roy and the two have sex in the barn.
Roy is on the train to have the tryout. He meets a reporter by the name of Max Mercy (Robert Duvall). The two talk a bit and when the train stops at a town that is having a carnival. Hobbs and the Whammer (Joe Don Baker) give a little side show. You see the Whammer is a big league hitter. Mercy bets that Hobbs can strike out the Whammer with three pitches. Well Roy does just that and strikes out the Whammer. Now this girl that was with the Whammer starts to flirt with Roy. Farm boy falls for her charms and Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey) gets Roy back to her room. Bird shoots Roy for embarrassing the Whammer.
Fifteen years later Roy is back and trying out for the Knights, another baseball team. Pop Fisher (Wilford Brimley) the coach of the team doesn't give Hobbs a chance but when Roy bats he changes his mind.
Roy and Wonderboy finally get their chance but once again a woman steps in and Roy starts to struggle. It makes you wonder if sports and woman don't mix. Many answers come in the story and it is a heartwarming ending but I'm not going to tell you what happens.
Baseball season's last day was yesterday. We have playoffs and the World Series but if you want a good baseball movie this is one of the best. Director Barry Levinson does an excellent job with this movie. The cast is tops and it will leave you feeling better for watching it. Enjoy.