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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Phil Alden Robinson
and the producers did not originally consider Kevin Costner
for the part of Ray because they did not think that he would want to follow Bull Durham
(1988) with another baseball movie. Costner, however, did end up reading the script and became interested in the project, stating that he felt the movie would be "this generation's It's a Wonderful Life
(1946)". Since Robinson's directing debut In the Mood
(1987) had been a commercial failure, Costner also said that he would help Robinson with the production. See more
(Possibly deliberate on part of the filmmakers) When Shoeless Joe Jackson
brings the other banned members of the 1919 White Sox to play at the field, one of them appears wearing catchers gear. None of the three players who caught games for the 1919 White Sox were among the eight players banned. See more
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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References The Natural
Written by Billy Strayhorn
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Bluebird Records/RCA Records See more