Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

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Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Cast: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones

     
 

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"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

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"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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
UPC:
0025192027543
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
16,475

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

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
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
Mike Nussbaum Principal
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
Joe Glasberg Costumer
Mike Hodge Additional Ballplayer
Fred S. Martin Additional Ballplayer
Brian Frankish Clean-shaven Umpire
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
Lawrence Gordon Co-producer
Charles Gordon Co-producer
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
James Horner Score Composer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Leslie McDonald Art Director

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