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Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 5 May 1989 (USA)
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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.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ray Kinsella
... Annie Kinsella
... Karin Kinsella
... Shoeless Joe Jackson
... Mark
... Terence Mann
... Dr. Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham
... Archie Graham
... John Kinsella
James Andelin ... Feed Store Farmer
Mary Anne Kean ... Feed Store Lady
Fern Persons ... Annie's Mother
... Dee, Mark's Wife (as Kelly Coffield)
... Buck Weaver - 3B
... Eddie Cicotte - P
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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 »

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Drama | Family | Fantasy | Sport

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5 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shoeless Joe  »

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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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As Ray is taking Terence back to his apartment, in the reflection of the van's windshield, the word "Books" passes by. This is fitting, considering that Terence Mann is a writer. See more »

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When Ray hears his first voice, he is out in a field of shoulder-high corn with a hoe. No one would ever be walking around in shoulder-high corn with a hoe, it is too tall to see the weeds. If weeding were to be performed at all, it would be done when the corn was around knee-high, waist-high at most. See more »

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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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Features Harvey (1950) See more »

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Lotus Blossom
Written by Billy Strayhorn
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Bluebird Records/RCA Records
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Touches you in all the right places
8 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Films don't get better than field of Dreams. When you got back to the late eighties and early nineties you will find that Kevin Costner was the biggest actor to employ at that time as he starred in lots of major films like Dances with wolves which of course he directed, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, A Perfect World, JFK and Field of Dremas which I think delivers his best performance of all those films.

Costner is Ray who one day takes a walk into his corn field only to hear a voice saying 'If you build it, he will come'. This sends him crazy as it's all he can hear. He thinks on to what the voice maybe wants him to do and let's his feeling be known to his family and the only idea he can come up with is that he should build a baseball pitch in the middle of his field. He does with the backing of his family and nothing comes of it till one night somebody in a 1920's baseball kit turns up on his field out of the blue ready to play Baseball. This happens to be the great Shoeless Joe Jackson who is now dead but has come back to play the game he was once banned from playing. The story unfolds to more odd goings on and sends Ray onto a journey of self discovery with some beautiful moments ahead. Field of dreams is not a film that gets mentioned when it comes to Costner's career but I think it holds his best and most touching performance. Anybody who likes a feel good film like It's a Wonderful Life will ultimately fall in love with this film by the end as the more it goes on the more you find out why Ray was guided to build the pitch and follow the voice which he throughout the film makes no sense of what it he is looking for.

It touches you in all the places and just makes you feel good about yourself and sends an important message out about spending as much time your family as much as you possibly can til it's to late.

Trust me, you cannot go wrong with this film.


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