A boy and his mother move to California for a new job. He struggles to fit in, as a group of karate students starts to bully him for dating a rich girl from their clique. It's up to the Japanese landlord, Miyagi, to teach him karate.
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 real life, Joe Jackson was a soft spoken, humble Southerner, a far cry from the brash New York-accented Ray Liotta. Also, in the film, Jackson claims he couldn't stand Ty Cobb. In real life, Cobb and Jackson were close friends. See more »
In the opening of the movie when Ray tells us he was born in 1952 and then proceeds to talk of his relationship with his father, he tells us he moved away to attend college as far away as he could. He then talks of his studies, but mostly recalls "it was, remember, the '60s ". If he was born in 1952 and graduated high school at age 18, it would have been 1970 before he even enrolled in college. So he couldn't have attended college in the "'60s". 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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Very rarely, you see a film that means one thing when your father is alive, and another when he is dead. When I first saw this movie, my father was still alive, we had not spoken for 8 years, and I thought, cute, but it knows nothing about real life ! When I saw it again, he had been dead for over a year, and I cried like a baby.
I'm English, so for me the baseball element was lost, but what did hit home was the awareness that we are all flawed people, and the expectations we have for our parents, are way and beyond what we achieve ourselves as we grow older.
The film is not about baseball, it is about a second chance ! An opportunity to say hiya Dad, I was didn't know then, but I'm older now and understand more about the way the world works.
In terms of the film, Cosner has never had a better role, Lancaster as Doc Graham finally showed what a great actor he really was, and James Earl Jones was simply perfect.
In short a great film, James Horner's theme music is wonderful, the visuals are fantastic, the acting is as good as you could hope to see.
For most this is a feel good movie, for me this is a reminder that it is never too late to make amends, I just miss my Father
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