Field of Dreams
If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true.
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 10, 2012
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Deleted scenes with introductions by Phil Alden Robinson
- "From Father to Son: Passing Along the Pastime"
- Feature commentary with writer-director Phil Alden Robinson and director of photography John Lindley
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- DTS Surround 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Frank Whaley, Dwier Brown, Kelly Coffield, Lee Garlington & Burt Lancaster|
|Directed by||Phil Alden Robinson|
|Edited by||Ian Crafford|
|Screenplay by||Phil Alden Robinson|
|Composition by||James Horner|
|Produced by||Charles Gordon & Lawrence Gordon|
|Director of Photography:||John Lindley|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"If you build it, he will come."
- an unearthly voice heard by Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner)
"Oh, you're from the Sixties. Get out! Go back to the past while you can!"
- reclusive writer Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) to Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner)
"I am pitching to Shoeless Joe Jackson."
- Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner)
"Do you think I'm crazy'"
- Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to his wife Annie Kinsella (Amy Madigan)
...It's tight, gripping, and a bit moving too...
[T]his is a magical, moving experience, featuring a rare filmic glimpse at the serene beauty of Middle America.
All of this would work better if Robinson built up the reality of the town more, made the citizens a more palpable presence, as Frank Capra did in Hollywood's greatest fable-fantasy, It's a Wonderful Life. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 4/5 -- Rightfully a ballgame classic, this is sentimental nonsense, sure, but charmingly so. Full Review
Rating: C+ -- ... view baseball as much a business as a sport and can't imagine getting gushy over such mush. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
...A work so smartly written, so beautifully filmed, so perfectly acted, that it does the almost impossible trick of turning sentimentality into true emotion...
New York Times
Rating: 3/4 -- The sentimentality, of which there is plenty, is nicely balanced by a humor of ironic pragmatism, as when Ray, having built his baseball field as a monument to human dreams, decides to charge tourists $20 a head to visit it. Full Review
In this film that epitomizes the American love for baseball, Ray Kinsella, a struggling Iowa farmer (Kevin Costner), obeys a mysterious voice in his cornfield that tells him to replace part of his crop with a baseball diamond, resulting in the magical meeting of baseball heroes from the past, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the seven other Chicago White Sox players who were suspended for purposefully losing the 1919 World Series. Even after building the diamond, Ray continues to hear voices, and seeks the help of a hermit-like author in sorting out the mystery, which allows the confrontation of ghosts of other sorts.
Kevin Costner plays a former Sixties idealist who runs a farm in Iowa with his wife and young daughter. After hearing a mysterious, heavenly voice one day, Costner turns one of his cornfields into a baseball diamond. Of course, everyone thinks he's crazy, but in time "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and other ghostly outcasts, who had previously languished in a sort of baseball purgatory, show up to play the game they still love. Soon men from all over the country join them at this baseball shrine, some just to play with the greats, others to mend the broken relationships they had with their fathers -- But all are trying to get back in touch with simpler times through the purity of America's grandest game.
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- The baseball playing field created for the movie still stands in Iowa as a popular tourist attraction. The field is actually owned by two different farmers, and they have competing souvenir stands.
- From November 18 to December 15, 1994, MCA/Universal offered this video for $5.99 through a special promotion with participating McDonald's restaurants.
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