The Fan 1996
The Fan ★★½ 1996 (R)
Obsessed baseball fan Gil Renard (De Niro, who owns the copyright on playing deranged) stalks favorite player Bobby Rayburn (Snipes) who just signed a big contract with the hometown team. When Rayburn goes into a slump, Renard figures he can help his idol—by any means necessary. As an added bonus, Gil's a knife salesman. De Niro does the psycho thing with his usual aplomb, while Snipes successfully returns to the diamond. Scott keeps the familiar storyline from becoming tedious. Based on the book by Peter Abrahams. 117m/C VHS, DVD . Jack Black, Chris Mulkey, Brandon Hammond, Charles Hallahan, Dan E. Butler, Michael Jace, Frank Medrano, M.C. Gainey, Eric Bruskotter, Kim Robillard, Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo, Benicio Del Toro, Patti D'Arbanville; D: Tony Scott; W: Phoef Sutton; C: Darius Wolski; M: Hans Zimmer.