Field of Dreams
FIELD OF DREAMS (PG)
D: Phil Alden Robinson
Universal/Carolco (Lawrence Gordon & Charles Gordon)
USA 🇺🇸 1989
W: Phil Alden Robinson [based on the novel 'Shoeless Joe' by W. P. Kinsella]
DP: John Lindley
Ed: Ian Crafford
Mus: James Horner
PD: Dennis Gassner
Kevin Costner (Ray Kinsella), Amy Madigan (Amy Kinsella), Gaby Hoffman (Karin Kinsella), Ray Liotta (Shoeless Joe Jackson), Timothy Busfield (Mark), James Earl Jones (Terence Mann), Burt Lancaster (Dr. 'Moonlight' Graham), Frank Whaley (Archie Graham)
Field Of Dreams is a very clever film which works on a number of levels. Through innocent eyes it's merely a spiritual fable about ghosts bringing a prosperous future to a struggling farming family, but through older eyes it's clearer to see that it's a metaphor for bonding between a father and his son.
Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella keeps hearing cryptic ethereal voices in his cornfield, messages such as "if you build it, he will come", promoting Ray to tear up his crops and build a baseball pitch so spirits of the disgraced Chicago White Sox players of the 1919 World Series can make their atonements.
Even if your baseball knowledge is slim to none, the film's opening montage tells you all you need to know, but even if that doesn't follow, there's no need to fret, this is less a sports fantasy and more so a bittersweet drama about second chances. A wonderful piece of work.