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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 meditation on family, memory, and faith, the film balances humor and magic to strike just the right chord of thoughtful emotion, affecting audiences so deeply that the baseball field created for the production has now become a mecca of sorts for dreamers around the world.--Jeff Shannon
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CastKevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Madigan
DirectorPhil Alden Robinson
Genre:  Drama, Family, Sport
Screen WriterPhil Alden Robinson, W.P. Kinsella
DVD Release Date:  April 29, 1998
Runtime:  107 minutes
Studio:  Universal Studios
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Quick Tip by . October 03, 2011
posted in Just Baseball
If you want to really learn the spirit of the movie, visit the ballfield in Dyersville, Iowa. I have been there twice, once when there was a cornfield on the edge of the outfield. When someone walks out of the corn when you are at the right angle, it has the same spooky look as in the movie.
review by . January 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
How many men get to pursue their dreams? "Field of Dreams" is one man's quest to realize his one big moment. However, unlike most sports movies, the main character (Kevin Costner) isn't a star athlete, but rather a farmer who puts his faith in a mysterious voice from above. He goes around the country trying to figure out the connection between baseball and life - until he realizes it was all within himself. For sheer originality and creativity, the film is an easy 5-stars. The movie keeps you guessing …
review by . July 18, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
This ranks as one of my favorite movies of all time. You don't have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the nostalgia and warm heartedness this movie brings to the big screen - well little screen in the case of the DVD. It's part ghost story, part fantasy, part nostalgia. It's also about redemption and the fulfillment of dreams. The story begins when Ray Kinsella, a reluctant Iowa farmer, although he won't admit he's reluctant, starts hearing a voice telling him "build it and he will come." Ray dreams, …
review by . August 02, 2001
. . .baseball movie of all time.I saw this movie in the theatres back when it was first released (and nominated for the Academy Award). I now own it (and have for years) and re-watch it periodically.The movie succeeds on a number of levels. First, it shows great love and respect for the game of baseball -- the National Pastime. (Yes, I enjoy other sports as well -- but there is something very nearly religious about baseball -- and this shines through in the movie). Second, the cast is wonderful. …
review by . July 01, 2000
Pros: heart-warming, Costner LOOKS good     Cons: cheesy, Costner's acting, cliches galore     I re-watched this movie the other night, and despite the fact that certain lines were so cliched that I wanted to groan out loud, I still found it to be a heart-warming film.      In other words, I am conflicted about how to rate "Field of Dreams." It is cheesy, Costner's acting is weak, the story is predictable, but there is a certain …
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