7.5/10
101,010
350 user 93 critic

Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 5 May 1989 (USA)
Trailer
2:22 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Writers:

W.P. Kinsella (book), Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
510 ( 1)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall
Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty
The Sandlot (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Director: David Mickey Evans
Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

Director: Daniel Stern
Stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible.

Director: William Dear
Stars: Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza
The Rookie (2002)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths
Cool Runnings (1993)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith
Little Giants (1994)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Can Gordon's team win the Junior Goodwill Games in California in spite of all the set-backs?

Director: Sam Weisman
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Tucker
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young boy is bequeathed the ownership of a professional baseball team.

Director: Andrew Scheinman
Stars: Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, John Ashton
Family | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Ray Kinsella
Amy Madigan ... Annie Kinsella
Gaby Hoffmann ... Karin Kinsella
Ray Liotta ... Shoeless Joe Jackson
Timothy Busfield ... Mark
James Earl Jones ... Terence Mann
Burt Lancaster ... Dr. Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham
Frank Whaley ... Archie Graham
Dwier Brown ... John Kinsella
James Andelin James Andelin ... Feed Store Farmer
Mary Anne Kean Mary Anne Kean ... Feed Store Lady
Fern Persons Fern Persons ... Annie's Mother
Kelly Coffield Park ... Dee, Mark's Wife (as Kelly Coffield)
Michael Milhoan ... Buck Weaver - 3B
Steve Eastin ... Eddie Cicotte - P
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shoeless Joe See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$531,346, 23 April 1989

Gross USA:

$64,431,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,431,625
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gordon Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After the PTA meeting Annie kids Ray, saying that when Terrence Mann was a kid, he had a baseball bat named Rosebud. This is a play on Citizen Kane (1941), in which a key element in Kane's life was a sled that he had as a kid with the name Rosebud painted on it. While Ray's baseball field nearly ruins him, Orson Welles, who wrote, directed and starred in Citizen Kane, was almost ruined by multi-million dollar publisher William Randolph Hearst, who was the thinly disguised real-life version of Kane. See more »

Goofs

When the field lights are switched on, although there is only one circuit breaker by the house, the lights go on in groupings, as if there are multiple circuits. See more »

Quotes

[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 ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The Voice ................ Himself See more »

Connections

Referenced in My First Mister (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Crazy
Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Beverly D'Angelo
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A Timeless Classic
13 August 2016 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Kevin Costner movie in order, I come to 1989's Field Of Dreams.

Plot In A Paragraph: Ray Kinsella (KC) an Iowa corn farmer, starts hearing voices, he interprets them as a request to build a baseball diamond in his crop field.

Is this heaven??

I don't like baseball, never have had even the slightest interest in the game, so why do I cry like a baby every time I watch Field Of Dreams??

I will admit from the off, I am bias. I love this movie. It is not just one of my favourite KC movies, it's not just my favourite movie of 1989 (and in a year that featured Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 2, Batman, Back To The Future 2, Dead Poets Society and the classic Weekend At Bernie's, you know how high that praise is) one of my favourite movies of the 1980's, it's one of my favourite movies in general.

KC, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster are all perfect. Everything about this movie is perfect, not just the casting, the performances, the screenplay, the directing, the atmosphere and the score all knock it out of the park (yes pun intended again)

I will deliberately avoid talking about the movies ending (so I don't ruin it for those who have not seen it) but I cried like a baby when I seen it in 1990, and I have cried every time I have watched it since, and I watch it a couple of times a year. It doesn't matter if I sit and watch it all, or catch the last twenty minutes on TV, I will be in floods of tears. If I'm not already crying, the way KC's voice breaks, will do it!! EVERY TIME.

I read somewhere that the best motion pictures find meaning in not aspects of the story but rather in the underlying emotional core and heart that defines the story. Field Of Dreams is a perfect example of that saying. It's no surprise that Field Of Dreams is still entertaining and touching people regularly today (it plays regularly on TV in the UK) more than 25 years after its release.

A timeless classic. 10/10 for this reviewer.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 350 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed