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“This might not have made my list but James Earl Jones and Bert Lancaster provide such strong performances that elevate this film enough to make my list.”
#5 of 6 from Top Baseball flicks by
“If you build it they will come.”
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“If you build it they will come... (That's all i have to say about that.)”
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Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams
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A phenomenal hit when it was released in 1989,Field of Dreamshas become a modern classic and a uniquely American slice of cinema. It functions effectively as a moving drama about the power of dreams, a fantasy ode to our national pastime, and a brilliant adaptation of W.P. Kinsella's exquisite baseball novelShoeless Joe. Kinsella himself found the film a delightful surprise, differing greatly from his novel but benefiting from its own creative variations. It is the film that cemented Kevin Costner's status as an all-American screen star, but the story resonates far beyond Costner's handsome appeal. As just about everyone knows by now, Costner stars as Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, who hears the mysterious words "If you build it, he will come," and is compelled to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. His wife (Amy Madigan) supports the wild idea, but a reclusive novelist (modeled after J.D. Salinger and played by James Earl Jones) is not so easily persuaded. The idealistic farmer is either a visionary or a deluded fool, but his persistence is rewarded when spirits from baseball's past begin appearing on the ball field. Past and present intermingle in the person of "Moonlight Graham" (superbly played by Burt Lancaster), an unknown player who sacrificed his dreams of baseball glory for a dignified life as a small-town physician ... but what all of this means is unclear until the film's memorably heartfelt conclusion. A ...
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Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
DVD Release Date: April 29, 1998
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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