Field of Dreams

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Overview

"If you build it, he will come." That's the ethereal message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella Kevin Costner to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. At first, "he" seems to be the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson Ray Liotta, who materializes on the ballfield and plays a few games with the awestruck Ray. But as the weeks go by, Ray receives several other messages from a disembodied voice, one of which is "Ease his pain." He realizes that his ballfield has been divinely ordained to give a second chance ...
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Overview

"If you build it, he will come." That's the ethereal message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella Kevin Costner to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. At first, "he" seems to be the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson Ray Liotta, who materializes on the ballfield and plays a few games with the awestruck Ray. But as the weeks go by, Ray receives several other messages from a disembodied voice, one of which is "Ease his pain." He realizes that his ballfield has been divinely ordained to give a second chance to people who have sacrificed certain valuable aspects of their lives. One of these folks is Salingeresque writer Terence Mann James Earl Jones, whom Ray kidnaps and takes to a ball game and then to his farm. Another is Doc Graham Burt Lancaster, a beloved general practitioner who gave up a burgeoning baseball career in favor of medicine. The final "second-chancer" turns out to be much closer to Ray. That "magical" field in Dyersville, Iowa still draws thousands of baseball-happy tourists each year.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes with introductions by Phil Alden Robinson; From Father to Son: Passing Along the Pastime; Roundtable with Kevin Costner, Bret Saberhagen, George Brett and Johnny Bench; The Diamond in the Husks; Galena, IL Pinch Hits for Chisholm, MN; Field of Dreams: A Scrapbook; Bravo Special: From Page to Screen; Feature commentary with director Phil Alden Robinson and director of photography John Lindley
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Phil Robinson's 1989 masterpiece is the definitive modern-day baseball film. Adapting a W.P. Kinsella story, Robinson magically combines baseball history and folklore with whimsical fantasy, and makes great use of all-American actor Kevin Costner. Costner is right at home playing the Iowa farmer whose backyard becomes a playground for unfulfilled wishes to come to fruition, and is ably supported by Burt Lancaster, James Earl Jones, and Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe Jackson, whose performances are vital to the spirit of the film. An imaginative, intricately woven fairy tale that works on the spiritual level as well as on the practical, Field of Dreams benefits from Robinson's ability to effortlessly milk both America's love of baseball and the more poignant aspects of American mythology. As another mark of its enduring appeal, the film also permanently wedged the catch phrase, "If you build it, he will come" into the American lexicon, a lofty feat for a baseball movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • UPC: 025192027543
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 20,173

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Ray Kinsella
Amy Madigan Annie Kinsella
James Earl Jones Terence Mann
Ray Liotta Shoeless Joe Jackson
Burt Lancaster Dr. Graham
Timothy Busfield Mark
Gaby Hoffmann Karin Kinsella
Frank Whaley Archie Graham
Dwier Brown John Kinsella
James Andelin Feed Store Farmer
C. George Baisi Man in Bar
Larry Brandenburg PTA Heckler
Kelly Coffield Dee, Mark's Wife
Steve Eastin Eddie Cicotte-P
Brian Frankish Clean-shaven Umpire
Beatrice Fredman Boston Yenta
Lee Garlington Beulah, Angry PTA Mother
Mary McDonald Gershon PTA Heckler
Joe Glasberg Costumer
Mike Hodge Additional Ballplayer
Charles Hoyes Swede Risberg-C
Mary Anne Kean Feed Store Lady
Robert Kurcz PTA Heckler
Art La Fleur Chick Gandil-1B
Fred S. Martin Additional Ballplayer
Michael Milhoan Buck Weaver-3B
Geoffrey Nauffts Boston Pump Jockey
Mike Nussbaum Principal
Fern Persons Annie's Mother
Don John Ross Boston Butcher
Joseph R. Ryan Man in Bar
Anne Seymour Chisolm Newspaper Publisher
Howard Sherf Man in Bar
Jeffrey Neal Silverman Clean-shaven Center Fielder
Technical Credits
Phil Alden Robinson Director, Screenwriter
Richard Arrington Makeup
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Crafford Editor
Brian Frankish Executive Producer
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Charles Gordon Co-producer
Lawrence Gordon Co-producer
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
James Horner Score Composer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Leslie McDonald Art Director
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    This my favorite baseball movie of all times.

    The reason that I like Field Of Dreams. Because it takes you back to where baseball began. My favorite line is build it and he will come.
    Each time I see corn fields I think of Field Of Dreams.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Must see baseball movie.

    We loved this movie. Makes you want to go out and smell your baseball mitt!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    My favorite movie of all times!

    There are so many parts of this movie that remind me of my relationship with my Dad. We both loved baseball and played catch a lot. While my relationship with my Dad was not as stormy as the characters in the movie, I would love the opportunity to walk onto the Field of Dreams and play catch with him one more time.

    This is one of those movies you can watch over and over and find something new that you missed before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Much more than a baseball movie.....

    I have been a fan of baseball and movies all my life (33 so far), and I believe this movie can be for everyone, baseball fan or not. The historical and emotional threads that run throughout this picture are unmistakable. Part of my adoration for this movie lies in the fact I too relate to my own father through the common love and appreciation for baseball. But this movie is about how a man in his adult life has struggled to reckon the fractured relationship he had with his father. The pain he and his father both carry haunts them both, in life and death -- and with this magical field, he gets the chance to reconcile their splintered past. How many of us could ever have that chance? None. That is why this movie is so lyrical and fantastical, it is the unattainable second chance many of us wish we could have -- just once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whispers in a Cornfield

    I just want to respond to what the reviewer said about Field of Dreams being a terrible movie with shallow characters and no story. This movie is anything but subtle, there is no whispering in this movie; there are only shouts that apparently he chose not to pay any attention to. If he were to consider the movie on a thoughtful level instead of simply for his own entertainment, he would realize that the movie is how it is for a reason. The story may be lacking complexity, but this is done so that the viewer can focus on the real issues of hope, sacrifice, and persistance that are so vital to the film; Ray may be a simple character, but this is done so that each of us can identify with him: he is average, he is us. I just dont see how an intellegent, thoughtful person could ever say that this movie had nothing to offer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am Jack's insulted intelligence

    I like baseball movies. I like ''feel good'' movies. I like Kevin Costner. I HATED ''Field of Dreams''. This movies has no story, no conflict, and one dimensional characters. For a much better baseball movie see ''The Bad News Bears''.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ray Kinsella, is a farmer who builts a baseball field on his Iwoa farm in Field of Dreams.

    Field of Dreams tells a story of a Iwoa Farmer named Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner). One day Ray Kinsella is working in his field when you hears a voice that says ''If you built it, he will come.'' On the prouch of the house is wife Annnie (Amy Madigan) and his daughter named Karen (Gaby Hoffman), he askes them about the voice he heard. But they didn't hear it. One day he working out again in the field, hears the voice again, and figures if he built a baseball field, the Great Shoeless Joe Jason, will come back and play ball again, he threw the 1919 world series and he and 7 others got suspended for life. He got called that, because one day he play himself new shoes, but they hurt his feet, so in the 6th inning, he plays the game in his socks, and the other players callled him Shoeless Joe. And he does appear. He is played by Ray Liotta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ultimate feel good movie

    Baseball is only the backdrop for this great feel good flick. Incredible waves of nostalgia, mystical as it jumps the great divid, and redemption from past mistakes. This movie is the cure for any bad mood. It can be watched over and over again and you still get chocked up at certain scenes. If you love the movie stop by the actual ball field in Iowa.

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