Out Of Africa The Natural The Sting

  |  Buy to Own: 22/09/2008
  |  397 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Trio of Robert Redford films. In 'Out of Africa' (1985), a tale of colonial life based on the adventures of Karen Blixen, Karen (Meryl Streep) arrives in Africa in 1914 and marries Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Their marriage soon cools into a 'civilised' separation, but Karen finds herself falling in love with the wild, unfamiliar country and its people. Then she meets handsome, fiercely independent hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Redford), and a hesitant romance ensues. In 'The Natural' (1984), set in Chicago in 1924, teenage baseball genius Roy Hobbs (Redford) is lured to a hotel room by a mysterious seductress (Barabra Hershey) and shot with a silver bullet. Fifteen years later, Roy reappears on the scene and helps lead the New York Knights into a fabulous winning streak, but again the arrival of a beautiful woman (Kim Basinger) threatens the future of his game. Finally, in 'The Sting' (1973), it's 1930s Illinois, and young hustler Johnny Hooker (Redford) vows revenge after his older partner (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered at the behest of kingpin Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) in retribution for a con pulled on one of his runners. Travelling to Chicago, Hooker teams up with old hand Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), and together they plan the ultimate 'sting' against Donnegan. This re-teaming of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, following the success of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', won seven Oscars and helped repopularize the music of Scott Joplin, which features heavily on Marvin Hamlisch's soundtrack.