Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife, Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true.

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W.P. Kinsella (book), Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay)
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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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All his life, Ray Kinsella was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy | Sport

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Just hours before Ray receives the vision to build the baseball diamond, he and Karin walk by a poster of Marilyn Monroe who famously sang the song "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend". See more »

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When Ray first meets Shoeless Joe out on the field, Joe wants to know, "What's with the lights?" While Joe never played a major league game under the lights, he died in 1951 and would have lived to become well aware of night baseball. The Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro league played many night games as early as 1930 and the major leagues routinely by 1935. 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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Referenced in Eight Legged Freaks (2002) See more »

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The Library
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Composed and Conducted by James Horner
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Sometimes, dreams do come true !
1 December 2001 | by steve russellSee all my reviews

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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Official Sites:

Official site | Peacock

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

Gross USA:

$64,431,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,431,625
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Gordon Company See more »
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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