Field of DreamsDirector: Phil Alden Robinson
"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… See more details below
"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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Cast & Crew
|Kevin Costner||Ray Kinsella|
|Amy Madigan||Annie Kinsella|
|James Earl Jones||Terence Mann|
|Ray Liotta||Shoeless Joe Jackson|
|Burt Lancaster||Dr. Graham|
|Gaby Hoffmann||Karin Kinsella|
|Frank Whaley||Archie Graham|
|Dwier Brown||John Kinsella|
|C. George Baisi||Man in Bar|
|James Andelin||Feed Store Farmer|
|Mary Anne Kean||Feed Store Lady|
|Fern Persons||Annie's Mother|
|Kelly Coffield||Dee, Mark's Wife|
|Michael Milhoan||Buck Weaver-3B|
|Steve Eastin||Eddie Cicotte-P|
|Charles Hoyes||Swede Risberg-C|
|Art La Fleur||Chick Gandil-1B|
|Lee Garlington||Beulah, Angry PTA Mother|
|Larry Brandenburg||PTA Heckler|
|Mary McDonald Gershon||PTA Heckler|
|Robert Kurcz||PTA Heckler|
|Don John Ross||Boston Butcher|
|Beatrice Fredman||Boston Yenta|
|Geoffrey Nauffts||Boston Pump Jockey|
|Anne Seymour||Chisolm Newspaper Publisher|
|Howard Sherf||Man in Bar|
|Joseph R. Ryan||Man in Bar|
|Mike Hodge||Additional Ballplayer|
|Fred S. Martin||Additional Ballplayer|
|Brian Frankish||Clean-shaven Umpire|
|Jeffrey Neal Silverman||Clean-shaven Center Fielder|
|Phil Alden Robinson||Director,Screenwriter|
|Linda M. Bass||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Brian Frankish||Executive Producer|
|Dennis Gassner||Production Designer|
|Nancy Haigh||Set Decoration/Design|
|James Horner||Score Composer|
|Leslie McDonald||Art Director|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We loved this movie. Makes you want to go out and smell your baseball mitt!
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.
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''.