Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his corn field tell him, "If you build it, he will come." He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series. When the voices continue, Ray seeks out a reclusive author to help him understand the meaning of the messages and the purpose for his field. Written by
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All his life, Ray Kinsella was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him.
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The director has said that his greatest regret about this film is that he never used any African-American baseball players. The use of African-American players might have compromised the historical accuracy of the film since no African-American players were known to have played Major League baseball between 1884 (Fleet and Welday Walker for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association, considered a Major League from 1882-1891) and 1947 - the year Jackie Robinson
broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers. However, the point was to focus on the plight of African American ball-players in that similar era. As much as Shoeless Joe was banned from Baseball, many African American players never got a chance simply because of their ethnicity. See more
The first time Ray walks to his bedroom window to look at his cornfield, the camera closes in on him, but the perspective of the corn does not change, revealing the other side of the window to be a blue or green screen, and not a farm. See more
Admit it, Ray. You've never liked farming.
That's not true.
It is true. You don't know the first thing about farming.
Yes I do. I know a lot about farming. I know more than you think I know.
Then how could you plow under your major crop?
[feigning puzzlement at this word
What's a crop?
The Voice ................ Himself See more
Spoofed in Wrongfully Accused
Written by John Sebastian
Performed by The Lovin' Spoonful
Courtesy of Buddah Records
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more