Field of Dreams

1989

Field of Dreams

Critics Consensus

Field of Dreams is sentimental, but in the best way; it's a mix of fairy tale, baseball, and family togetherness.

86%

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"If you build it, he will come." That's the ethereal message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. At first, "he" seems to be the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who materializes on the ballfield and plays a few games with the awestruck Ray. But as the weeks go by, Ray receives several other messages from a disembodied voice, one of which is "Ease his pain." He realizes that his ballfield has been divinely ordained to give a second chance to people who have sacrificed certain valuable aspects of their lives. One of these folks is Salingeresque writer Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), whom Ray kidnaps and takes to a ball game and then to his farm. Another is Doc Graham (Burt Lancaster), a beloved general practitioner who gave up a burgeoning baseball career in favor of medicine. The final "second-chancer" turns out to be much closer to Ray. That "magical" field in Dyersville, Iowa still draws thousands of baseball-happy tourists each year. ~Rovi

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Cast

Kevin Costner
as Ray Kinsella
Amy Madigan
as Annie Kinsella
Ray Liotta
as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
James Earl Jones
as Terence Mann
Burt Lancaster
as Dr. "Moonlight" Graham
Gaby Hoffmann
as Karin Kinsella
Frank Whaley
as Archie Graham
Dwier Brown
as John Kinsella
James Andelin
as Feed Store Farmer
Mary Anne Kean
as Feed Store Lady
Fern Persons
as Annie's Mother
Kelly Coffield Park
as Dee, Mark's Wife
Michael Milhoan
as Buck Weaver
Steve Eastin
as Eddie Cicotte
Charles Hoyes
as Swede Risberg
Art LaFleur
as Chick Gandil
Lee Garlington
as Beulah, Angry PTA Mother
Mike Nussbaum
as Principal
Larry Brandenburg
as PTA Heckler
Robert Kurcz
as PTA Heckler
Don John Ross
as Boston Butcher
Bea Fredman
as Boston Yenta
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Boston Pump Jockey
Anne Seymour
as Chisolm Newspaper Publisher
C. George Baisi
as Man in Bar
Howard Sherf
as Man in Bar
Joseph R. Ryan
as Man in Bar
Joe Glasberg
as Costumer
Brian E. Frankish
as Clean-shaven Umpire
Jeffrey Neal Silverman
as Clean-shaven Center Fielder
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Critic Reviews for Field of Dreams

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (13)

  • In Costner, writer-director Robinson has found the perfect player for a personal-stakes game, a guy with a leg-it-out intensity and kidlike enthusiasm. It's Costner's eye-on-the-ball exuberance that carries Dreams past its often mechanical aesthetic.

    Apr 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite a lovely cameo turn by Burt Lancaster, Field of Dreams is the male weepie at its wussiest.

    Mar 16, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The life-equals-baseball masterpiece still packs an unexpected kick.

    Nov 3, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Field of Dreams sustains a dreamy mood in which the idea of baseball is distilled to its purest essence: a game that stands for unsullied innocence in a cruel, imperfect world.

    Mar 21, 2007 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Field of Dreams

The truest definition of a magical film, with great performances, one of the most beautiful scores I can remember and a touching narrative that is not about baseball as it is about going the distance and making amends with the past - and the ending is simply wonderful.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Is the film 100% perfect? No, but it's damn close. Kevin Costner leads with a powerhouse performance, being told by "the voice of god" to build something in order to have someone come. Once he realizes it is a field he must build, in order to have his most beloved player on the field, he gives himself a mission, which has him travelling across the globe, trying his best to accomplish the tasks at hand. As this is happening, the bank is about to foreclose on his home. This film really tells the incredible story of how life itself is more important than any tangible thing. The direction is brilliant, the script is wonderful, and the performances are true. I loved "Field of Dreams" from start to finish. One of my all-time favourite films revolving around sports/family!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

It's delightful for what it is...but what it is is a movie about ghost baseball players that I wouldn't watch over and over again, unlike Die Hard. Once is enough :~P The beginning has a nice thrillery feel, and I enjoy how Ray's wife is happily supportive, but when it becomes a buddy road trip movie, the flimsy connections between Terence Mann and Doc Graham just don't cut the cheap ballpark mustard.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

The premise of someone building a baseball diamond over his corn field because a voice and a vision told him to may sound a bit silly. But it's presented so convincingly and charmingly that you're easily on Ray's side and curious about what his journey through modern US American (sports) myths) has in store for him. The more often the voice returns, the more fantastic the film gets without ever becoming ludicrous or giving up its sweet sense of humor. Costner is of course the perfect man to play that leading role. The rest of the cast delivers excellent performances as well, especially James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster fill their lovable characters with so much charisma. How all this makes perfect sense in the end is nothing less than a fairy tale, but a sweet, charming one that will leave you with a satisfied grin on your face. There's a feel-good-movie, if I ever saw one. And you don't even have to be into Baseball to love this.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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