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Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of Dreams (1989)

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Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Writer: W.P. Kinsella (book), Phil Alden Robinson
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, & Burt    Lancaster
Reviewed By: Sammy the Blade


Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), a corn farmer, living in a small farming community in Iowa with his beloved wife Annie (Amy Madigan) and his daughter Karin, who is hearing a repeated ghostly phrase while working in his precious corn fields.  A phrase that would change his life, as well as a group of old timey disbanded ghosts of baseball players forever.  The haunting spirit-like voice preaches to Ray, “If you build it, he will come.”  Ray is not exactly sure who “he” is or what he has to build exactly, but is determined to figure this omen out.  Ray soon receives another message while tending to his crop, but this time in the form of a vision.  A mirage of a baseball diamond appears off in the distance within his crop of corn, and now it is exactly clear to Ray must this task is …but now he is not sure who will come.  Building the baseball diamond is not easy for Ray, due to the lack of general funds and overall general knowhow; however, Ray is determined to not strikeout swinging as his wife and daughter are his support, no matter who disapproves of his cockamamie scheme of building a baseball diamond.


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As time goes by, and as the seasons change from winter to spring and back again, Ray builds the diamond but still no sign of this mystical “Him”.  Then by the sighting of Ray’s daughter, a man appears standing in the greenest grass in left field and she quickly alerts her dad of what she sees and as quick as rabbit Ray bolts outside.  Ray runs to left field and greets the man in an old fashioned wool baseball uniform, who is none other then the ghost of the great Shoeless Joe Jackson.

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Ray thinks that everything is done and complete and has paid his dues to the voice but he soon receives another message from the ghostly voice from the Iowa sky.  An adventure unfolds, like the middle innings of a baseball game, in the form of a road trip to Boston’s Fenway Park, as Ray knows now that he must complete this task.  This time Ray is not alone, as he has the company of an outcast, ostracized, and now hermit living author.  The trip to Fenway now leads to another road…the road to Minnesota, as another message is received by Ray and his new companion while watching the Red Sox play the Twins.  Ray knows he must go on this trip to Minnesota, with his new companion or not, because he came this far, what more is a little more…even though the fate and livelihood of his family and his farm is in the balance.

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This is the classic baseball film that will live on and test the pendulum of time within the minds of baseball fans.  Based off the book by W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe, the movie is pretty dead on with the original story.  Field of Dreams has just about everything you could want in a movie.  This movie has a fantastic plot, a great script, and wonderful acting throughout from Costner, Jones, and especially Burt Lancaster – playing Dr. Archibald ‘Moonlight’ Graham – which is my favorite character from the film.  This movie even has a few laughs scattered throughout, a touch of dramatic effects between family and characters, and even an emotional scene at the end that chokes me up every time.

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There is only one minor detail that truly keeping me from giving this movie a perfect game of a rating, being 3 guys.  For those that are not that deep into baseball you may feel that I am a bit nuts, and for those that know me I’m sure you can support that feeling with facts, but Shoeless Joe Jackson (played by Ray Liotta) was shown hitting and throwing right handed in this film.  The real Joe Jackson was a left handed hitter, and great one to say the least.  He was so great of a hitter that Babe Ruth copied his swing and if you see pictures of both Jackson and Ruth, they look nearly identical.  Because The Great Bambino copied the swing of the great Joe Jackson, I feel that this movie should have shown Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) hitting left handed instead of right handed.  This is a minor detail and most will never pick up on it, but for the hard core baseball fan this movie went from a perfect game to a no hitter, which is pretty good. Field of Dreams earns two and half guys from me.

2 and a half


Homerun Line of the movie:


John Kinsella: “Is this heaven?”

Ray Kinsella: “It’s Iowa.”







– The Blade Abides –

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  • Adam June 20, 2013, 8:14 am

    Sammy, I am not gonna lie this film got me choked up a little bit when I watched it.

    • Sammy June 21, 2013, 8:29 am

      Yeah man, same here. The ending always gets to me.

  • scottydynamite June 20, 2013, 9:02 am

    This film chokes me up everytime I watch it, when Ray and his Dad play catch, c’mon.

    • Sammy June 21, 2013, 8:30 am

      Mostly every person can relate to that scene, whether it is actually playing catch with your dad or having that be a metaphorical catch with your dad.

  • Mark Griffith June 20, 2013, 9:08 am

    Welcome Sammy, Nice write up!

    • Sammy June 21, 2013, 8:31 am

      Thank you sir! Much appreciated!

  • cindybruchman June 20, 2013, 7:57 pm

    This is my favorite sports film, surpassing even ‘Rudy’. I think FOD is a rare, perfect film. Can’t you give it 2.90 stars?

    • Sammy June 21, 2013, 8:38 am

      Hey Cindy,

      This is also one of my top favorite movies, not just sport movies, of all time. If i could have given it 2.90 I would have, believe me. Just the fact that Joe Jackson was a left handed hitter, and one of the greatest of all time in MLB history too! The movie depicted him as a right handed hitter and it lost a few points in my book. I love that scene in Rudy when Rudy is in the locker room giving “the speech.” That is a great movie moment!

  • Marilyn Armstrong June 20, 2013, 9:31 pm

    Wow, you’re really STRICT!

    Garry really loves this movie. The tears just pour down his face every time he watches it. I like it too, but I suspect this is the guy equivalent of a chick-flick. That’s not a criticism, just observation. I loved Burt Lancaster’s little role … it was lovely. It was also his last film appearance and it was as if he was giving his own eulogy.

    • Sammy June 21, 2013, 8:45 am


      I love that analogy of Field of Dreams being an equivalent of a man chick flick movie! I just feel that I had to ding this movie a little bit because of the fact that Joe Jackson was a left handed hitter, has the 3rd highest (.356) career average in MLB history, only behind Cobb (.367) and Hornsby (.359). And the fact that the great Babe Ruth copied Joe Jackson’s swing has to have some levity to it. At least in my eyes and my mind.

      Burt Lancaster’s character is awesome in this movie too! I love that line he says a few times “Now I must get going…Alicia might think I got a girlfriend (winks and smiles).”

      • Marilyn Armstrong June 21, 2013, 1:05 pm

        Garry is a HUGE baseball fan. But he isn’t so fanatical about authenticity in movies. He is more tolerant than I am as a rule. It’s a movie. He accepts it as fiction and thus differing from reality. He doesn’t — as I often do — grouse that “they got that wrong!” He just LOVES Field of Dreams. I mean … LOVES it.

  • Mark Walker June 21, 2013, 1:35 am

    Love this movie, man. It’s one of those that take me back to my childhood and remind you of the magic of movies. Good stuff.

    • Sammy June 21, 2013, 8:47 am

      Yeah this is one of my favorite movies too Mark. Almost makes me want to move to Iowa and build my own baseball field and see if Joe Jackson will come.

  • Joe June 26, 2013, 6:58 pm

    Great review, Adam.
    Field of Dreams is a classic that’s originality is even more appreciated today than when it was released.

    • Adam June 26, 2013, 7:57 pm

      Joe I just posted that review for our new contributor, Sammy the Blade

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