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Field of Dreams (1989)

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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 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Writers:

W.P. Kinsella (book), Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay)
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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
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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>

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

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Drama | Family | Fantasy | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$531,346, 23 April 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$64,431,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,431,625
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Production Co:

Gordon Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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When Karin falls from the bleachers, the hot dog is seen flying from the bun. In the next shot from above, the hot dog is back in the bun. See more »

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[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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Beautiful Film
10 June 2006 | by yisraelharrisSee all my reviews

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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