The Fan (1996)

Tony Scott directs Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes and Ellen Barkin in this thriller where a star baseball player is stalked by an obsessed knife salesman.

A very brash and wobbly thriller but loaded with nice juicy bits. A twenty minute sequence set around Opening Day at the ballpark is absolutely gripping with minimal physical threat or violence. Ellen Barkin is always extremely watchable. Scott is developing his more unhinged, juddering approach to cinema that would define the second half of his somehow still underrated career. So Bobby and Wesley had already played these types a dozen times before by this point. It is nice to see the names do the hits again and De Niro especially imbues his psycho with a now long lost relish. Works best as a very extreme character study, kind of a poor man’s Falling Down.


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