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Field of Dreams Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

"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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 21, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Horner Best Score 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lawrence Gordon Best Picture 1989 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Phil Alden Robinson Best Director 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Phil Alden Robinson Best Adapted Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Gordon Best Picture 1989 Nominee

Cast

Kevin Costner
as Ray Kinsella
Amy Madigan
as Annie Kinsella
James Earl Jones
as Terence Mann
Ray Liotta
as Shoeless Joe Jackson
Burt Lancaster
as Dr. Graham
Timothy Busfield
as Mark
Gaby Hoffmann
as Karin Kinsella
Frank Whaley
as Archie Graham
Dwier Brown
as John Kinsella
Mike Hodge
as Additional Ballplayer
Joseph R. Ryan
as Man in Bar
Kelly Coffield
as Dee, Mark's Wife
Charles Hoyes
as Swede Risberg-C
Fern Persons
as Annie's Mother
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Boston Pump Jockey
Art La Fleur
as Chick Gandil-1B
Brian Frankish
as Clean-shaven Umpire
Howard Sherf
as Man in Bar
James Andelin
as Feed Store Farmer
Joe Glasberg
as Costumer
Larry Brandenburg
as PTA Heckler
Lee Garlington
as Beulah, Angry PTA Mother
Michael Milhoan
as Buck Weaver-3B
Mike Nussbaum
as Principal
Robert Kurcz
as PTA Heckler
Beatrice Fredman
as Boston Yenta
Steve Eastin
as Eddie Cicotte-P
Anne Seymour
as Chisolm Newspaper Publisher

Crew

Phil Alden Robinson
Director
Phil Alden Robinson
Screenwriter
John Lindley
Cinematographer
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Ian Crafford
Editor
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Leslie McDonald
Art Director
Lawrence Gordon
Co-producer
Charles Gordon
Co-producer
Brian Frankish
Executive Producer
Nancy Haigh
Set Designer
Linda M. Bass
Costume Designer
Callum McDougall
Unit Production Manager
Richard Arrington
Makeup
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