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Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson and is from the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. The film stars Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster in his final motion picture. Field of Dreams was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. While walking in his cornfield, novice farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice that whispers, "If you build it, he will come", and sees a baseball diamond. His wife, Annie, is skeptical, but she allows him to plow under his corn to build the field. Nothing happens, and Ray soon faces financial ruin. Ray and Annie discuss replanting the corn, but their daughter, Karin, sees a man on the ballfield. Ray discovers that he is Shoeless Joe Jackson, a dead baseball player idolized by Ray's father. Thrilled to be able to play baseball again, Joe asks to bring others to play on the field. He later returns from the cornfield with the seven other players banned in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Ray's brother-in-law, Mark, cannot see the baseball players, and warns Ray that he will go bankrupt unless he replants his While walking through his cornfield, Ray hears a voice whisper, "If you build it, he will come" (often misquoted as "If you build it, they will come"), and sees a vision of a baseball field. Believing he is somehow being asked to build it, and fearing he is in danger of "turning into" his father—whom he resented for his lack of spontaneity—Ray strongly wishes to do so. Although skeptical, Annie is supportive. Watched by disbelieving neighbors, Ray plows under his corn and builds the field. A year passes without incident. Ray and Annie are eventually forced to consider replacing the field with corn to



Genre: Drama , Fantasy , Family

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  • MormonMovieCritic (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    It's a classic.

    August 9th, 2013 · Details
  • nicolevonschoff (Female)

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    One of the best baseball moves of all time

    June 17th, 2013 · Details
  • ventor (Male)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    All I'll say about this is the plot and movie build in such a way that the final scene will take your breath away. Personally the final scene is a little taste of what heaven will be like.
    The only problem with this movie is the swearing. There are a few scenes where the cussing is just to strong and unnecessary. Despite this the overall message of the film is awesome.

    June 24th, 2011 · Details
  • ChrisHicks (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating |

    There's no question that "Field of Dreams" is a throwback to movies of yesteryear. After all, how long has it been since we've had a flat-out fantasy laced with innocence and a gentle, yet powerful pro-family message?
    Even the recent "Chances Are" had its smarmy moments.
    But "Field of Dreams" never loses its focus or its sense of what it wants to be, and consequently the film achieves a euphoric state that seems rare in modern movies. And my guess is it's something that has been missed, and once word gets out about this picture it will play to standing-room-only audiences all over the country.
    The film begins with a brief biographical sketch of Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), whose father loved baseball — his hero was Chicago White Sox player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson — and hoped his son might grow up to be the player he was never able to become. Unfortunately, it resulted in an alienation between father and son that was never resolved.
    Ray married an Iowa girl (Amy Madigan) and somehow found himself a farmer raising fields of corn, along with a young daughter (Gaby Hoffman). He's never done a crazy thing in his life, Ray explains, but he's about to, and as the film's modern setting unfolds he is standing in his cornfield one early evening when he hears a whispering voice say, "If you build it, he will come."
    "If you build what, who will come?" his wife asks, but Ray has no answer.
    Eventually it comes to him that he is to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield, therefore mowing down his main crop. He thinks its a little crazy, of course — and so does his wife. But he is compelled to do it anyway.
    The result is a visit from "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who returns from the dead to play on the ball field and eventually brings with him the rest of the disgraced Chicago "Black Sox" who threw the 1919 World Series.
    Then Ray is guided to link up with a former radical '60s writer (James Earl Jones) and an aging former baseball player (Burt Lancaster), who eventually figure in the mystery of this bizarre spiritual experience.
    That description may sound more weird than enchanting, and I have to admit that the theatrical preview for this film left me cold when I saw it a few weeks ago. I can only say that cursory descriptions and the previews do a disservice to what is actually a magical, often funny, utterly delightful movie, one that will stay with you for some time to come.
    The performances, appropriately low-key and perfect for this piece, are played superbly by the actors, and writer-director Phil Alden Robinson, basing his screenplay on W.P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe," manages to at once evoke an old-fashioned style of filmmaking with nostalgic overtones and an up-to-date yearning for the ability to reconcile our past mistakes with our present lives.
    Robinson also wrote and directed the delightful but underrated "In the Mood" last year and wrote the screenplay for Carl Reiner's hysterically funny "All of Me," which, in my book, remains Steve Martin's best film.
    This film proves those accomplishments were not flukes and Robinson is a talent to watch for in the future. And for me "Field of Dreams," rated PG for a few scattered profanities, is so far the best film of 1989.

    May 5th, 1989 · Details

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