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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In the novel, instead of seeking fictional author Terrance Mann, Ray Kinsella seeks real-life 60s author J.D. Salinger. In 1947, Salinger wrote a story called "A Young Girl In 1941 With No Waist At All" featuring a character named Ray Kinsella, and in his most famous work, the novel "The Catcher in the Rye", one of Holden Caulfield's classmates is Richard Kinsella. (In the original novel, Ray has a twin brother named Richard.) See more »
While at Fenway Park, Ray sees the vision on the scoreboard which reads 10:30 and later 10:32. Ray immediately begins to write down what he sees on his scorecard. However, the closeup of the scorecard shows that it is the bottom of the 4th inning, so it should be closer to 830 at night. Furthermore, the scoreboard underneath "MOONLIGHT GRAHAM" has faint lettering that thanks the fans for attending and tells them to have a safe drive home. What most likely happened is that fans were asked to stay in Fenway Park after a regular game concluded for the purposes of filming that scene before a full crowd. The closeup of the scorecard was added later in editing but the filmmakers either forgot (or didn't care) that the time on the clock was inconsistent with the actual progress of the game. 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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It is truly a rare movie indeed to which I would give a 10. But this is one of my all-time favorites.
This is a movie about themes like reconciliation, destiny, redemption, idealism, disappointment, the difficulty of relationships, especially that of the father-son relationship.
In this movie, the baseball field is where all such issues achieve resolution.
This is such a gentle movie, full of such sincerity, and moving emotions. Although it is by no means an upbeat movie, it is nevertheless ultimately a very optimistic and positive movie.
As some reviewers have noticed, some suspension of disbelief is required.
A movie with no guns, violence, gangsters, no gratuitous sex, just down-to-earth good people, and a good message. What a gem.
P.S. Interestingly, there really was a Moonlight Graham. See his baseball career stats here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/grahamo01.shtml. Some of the details of his life are altered in the movie; cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonlight_Graham.
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