Robert Redford, "The Natural"
Some baseball icons command the field from their very first game, but Redford plays Roy Hobbs as the perpetual dreamer, just itching for the chance to prove himself. Not quite a tale of skills or competition, it’s a gunshot that alters the trajectory of “The Natural,” as the flawless Hobbs sets out on a quest for redemption. After losing his father at a young age, Hobbs carves his own bat out of a tree and sets out to live his baseball dream. But a bullet shatters his rise to fame, and it takes Hobbs more than 15 years to find redemption in the batters box, always the homerun king in waiting. Redford is passionate and personable, and when Hobbs finally gets his moment in the spotlight, the audience gets to vicariously experience that thrill—of becoming an overnight sensation.