De Niro Film Brings Father, Son Together

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Robert De Niro has done rabid obsession before. In "The Fan," he played a deranged baseball nut who commits murder in support of his favorite player. In "The King of Comedy" he portrayed a demented would-be comedian who kidnapped the TV host he worshiped. In "Taxi Driver" he was a psychopath driven to violence by unhealthy fixations on Cybill Shepherd and Jodie Foster.


Still, a question remains to be answered in Mr. De Niro's new movie, "Silver Linings Playbook": Can he summon the sick intensity required to portray a Philadelphia Eagles fan?


In "Silver Linings Playbook," director David O. Russell and his cast take on the challenge. The movie, which opens on Nov. 16, follows the redemption of Pat Solatano Jr. (Bradley Cooper), who returns to...

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