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Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 5 May 1989 (USA)
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An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come.


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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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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 Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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All his life, Ray Kinsella was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him. See more »


Drama | Family | Fantasy | Sport


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Release Date:

5 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shoeless Joe  »

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$64,431,625 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bull Durham (1988) - also about baseball - co-stars Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon have both co-starred with Burt Lancaster. Costner in this film and Sarandon in Atlantic City (1980). See more »


When Ray is driving into Boston, it is raining. Cars behind his VW minibus have their wipers on but Ray doesn't. See more »


[first lines]
Ray Kinsella: [voice over] My father's name was John Kinsella. It's an Irish name. He was born in North Dakota in 1896, and never saw a big city until he came back from France in 1918. He settled in Chicago, where he quickly learned to live and die with the White Sox. Died a little when they lost the 1919 World Series. Died a lot the following summer when eight members of the team were accused of throwing that series. He played in the minors for a year too, but nothing ever came of it. Moved to ...
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Written by Dickey Betts (as Dickie Betts)
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
Courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Sometimes, dreams do come true !
1 December 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Very rarely, you see a film that means one thing when your father is alive, and another when he is dead. When I first saw this movie, my father was still alive, we had not spoken for 8 years, and I thought, cute, but it knows nothing about real life ! When I saw it again, he had been dead for over a year, and I cried like a baby.

I'm English, so for me the baseball element was lost, but what did hit home was the awareness that we are all flawed people, and the expectations we have for our parents, are way and beyond what we achieve ourselves as we grow older.

The film is not about baseball, it is about a second chance ! An opportunity to say hiya Dad, I was didn't know then, but I'm older now and understand more about the way the world works.

In terms of the film, Cosner has never had a better role, Lancaster as Doc Graham finally showed what a great actor he really was, and James Earl Jones was simply perfect.

In short a great film, James Horner's theme music is wonderful, the visuals are fantastic, the acting is as good as you could hope to see.

For most this is a feel good movie, for me this is a reminder that it is never too late to make amends, I just miss my Father

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