- 1 hr 56 min
“The Fan” is a psychological thriller based on the Peter Abrahams novel of the same name. Gil Rendard is a divorced knife salesman. He has a fractured relationship with his son and he also is losing grip on his clients. Gil has one love in his life and it is his favorite baseball team, The San Francisco Giants. He is obsessed with their new acquisition, Bobby Rayburn. Gil gets permission to take his son to the Giants opening game. He leaves his son at the game to attend a client meeting and he gets in hot water with his ex-wife and his boss. He is fired from his job and is further restricted from visiting his son. Bobby’s season isn’t going very well either. He suffers an injury and struggles at bat for the Giants. Several sportswriters get on Bobby’s case pointing out that he isn’t earning the big money that his contract calls for. In addition to his struggles at the plate, he also fights with a teammate over his uniform number. He wants to wear the same number that he wore before coming to the Giants but his teammate, Juan Primo, won’t give him the number. Gil Renard takes matters into his own hands and murders Primo. The team rallies around Primo and makes a playoff run while Bobby heads off to his beach house to get his mind together. In an interview, Bobby makes some statements that are dismissive of his fans. This angers Gil and he goes to hunt Bobby down. While stalking Bobby, Gil saves Bobby’s son from drowning and befriends the slugger. Bobby wakes up the next day to find out that Gil has kidnapped his son. The ransom that Gil is demanding is that Bobby hit a homer in the next game or he will kill his son. The film ends with a classic showdown between the player and his fan.