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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.

Writers:

W.P. Kinsella (book), Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Genres:

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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Company Credits

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

Tom Hanks was originally offered the role of Ray Kinsella, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Doc "Moonlight" Graham states in the movie that he was born in Chisholm, Minnesota, when in real life he was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. However, he did die in Chisholm (although in a different year than indicated in the movie). See more »

Quotes

[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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The Voice ................ Himself See more »

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Referenced in Northern Exposure: Full Upright Position (1994) See more »

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Shoeless Joe
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Composed and Conducted by James Horner
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A cathartic film
28 June 2006 | by dwmarshall1See all my reviews

I've just joined the club and the first film I felt the need to comment on was this, "Field of Dreams". Why? Because, firstly, it's haunted me since its release and secondly, because it had such a cathartic effect upon me. Like so many young people, I lost my dad when I was in my teens. I was fifteen. I'm fifty-nine now. The lost opportunity, the grief, cling to you like lead. When you need to discuss the paradoxes of this world with someone, you find they are gone. They will not return. Though by no means a perfect film - would we ever really want to see a perfect film? - it has heart, a centre to it that opens gateways for those bereft, even though unaware, by loss. I remember watching it the first time on the back row of a cinema with my ex-wife - long after back rows had any import - and, at the end, having to physically contain the need to sob uncontrollably. This had never happened to me before (unless you go back to Elvis riding into the hills at the end of Flaming Star when I was but a snivelling - and probably dysfunctional - early teen. The movie is a masterpiece in that it lives with you decades after its first viewing. In that you cannot analyse it, breaking it down cynically into manipulative parts. I've seen thousands of films and with each one that I feel has entered my soul I always ask myself, has it reached beyond Field of Dreams? In some respects the answer is yes, yet these are technical analyses of product. I've never had to do that with Field of Dreams. It is itself and defies scrutiny as would Gandhi defy psychoanalysis. It is, to itself, true. The cast are great. To this day, despite much, I like Kevin Costner. My sole concern is, why the hell can't I buy "Shoeless Joe", the novel upon which it was based and which I read in the late eighties? It contains much more background and is, in itself, an absorbing read. Dave Marshall


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