Yeah, I know the ending was different in the book. And, yeah, I know that Redford playing a kid was a reach. But, if you’re going to stick me on an island, by myself, for the rest of my life, and I can only take five movies with me, I’m taking this one (as part of that five).
Actually, I’ve found that the best time to watch “The Natural” is at night, sometime in January, when it’s dark and snowing like crazy outside – with at least six inches of snow on the ground already and it’s coming down too hard to go out there, yet, and clear it.
It’s the perfect “baseball cozy” for when it seems like baseball has been gone for way too long and it’s still several weeks before you get a taste of it again.