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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Andelin ...
Mary Anne Kean ...
Feed Store Lady
Fern Persons ...
Annie's Mother
Dee, Mark's Wife (as Kelly Coffield)


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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Drama | Family | Fantasy | Sport


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5 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Shoeless Joe  »

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$64,431,625 (USA)

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In September 1997 this film was shown on terrestrial TV instead of Lethal Weapon 3, following the passing of Princess Diana. See more »


In the PTA Meeting scene, as Beulah and Annie are arguing back and forth, you can see another parent holding a printed flyer for the meeting. Its headline is mis-spelled "Protect Our Childern". 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 Willie Nelson
Performed by Beverly D'Angelo
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27 December 1998 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

A classic combination of sport, family, fantasy, faith, reconciliation, and redemption, all set in the heartland combine to put this film at #1 on the all-time list for me. I know, I know,...what about Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, The Godfather? You're telling us that Field of Dreams ranks higher? I saw Field of Dreams on Father's Day following its release, having no clue how the issue of father-son relationships would be addressed in the film. By the time the closing credits were rolling, this film had left a lasting impression because I could identify with so many of the themes in the film. The acting is fine/adequate, and as a whole this film may not compare to the "greats" I've previously mentioned. But it delivered in a powerful way with things I can relate to and treasure. I'd appreciate any comments and strongly recommend it to those who haven't seen it. Thank you.

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