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Field of Dreams (1989)

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

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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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PG
Genre:
Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Sports & Fitness
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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
Beatrice 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
Mike Hodge
as Additional Ballplayer
Jeffrey Neal Silverman
as Clean-shaven Center Fielder
Fred Martin
as Additional Ballplayer
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Critic Reviews for Field of Dreams

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (12)

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… | March 20, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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… | March 20, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Despite a lovely cameo turn by Burt Lancaster, Field of Dreams is the male weepie at its wussiest.

Full Review… | March 16, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The life-equals-baseball masterpiece still packs an unexpected kick.

Full Review… | November 3, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The conception is sentimental, but the storytelling remains assured and effective.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Field of Dreams

½

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

½

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

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