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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After the PTA meeting Annie kids Ray, saying that when Terence 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 »
At the end of the movie, Shoeless Joe says to Ray, "Build it and he will come." He then looks toward the area where Ray's father is taking his catcher's equipment off. Ray's father is still wearing the mask after what would have been a lengthy time since Mark showed up to argue with Ray about selling the farm. He has taken every other piece of catcher's gear off before removing the mask. The first thing a catcher removes is his mask. Catcher's masks are annoying to wear so no one would remove it last. 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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