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Field of Dreams Details


"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


Awarded by
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


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
James Andelin
as Feed Store Farmer
Larry Brandenburg
as PTA Heckler
Brian Frankish
as Clean-shaven Umpire
Charles Hoyes
as Swede Risberg-C
Fern Persons
as Annie's Mother
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Boston Pump Jockey
Michael Milhoan
as Buck Weaver-3B
Art La Fleur
as Chick Gandil-1B
Anne Seymour
as Chisolm Newspaper Publisher
Joe Glasberg
as Costumer
Mike Nussbaum
as Principal
Howard Sherf
as Man in Bar
Lee Garlington
as Beulah, Angry PTA Mother
Mike Hodge
as Additional Ballplayer
Robert Kurcz
as PTA Heckler
Joseph R. Ryan
as Man in Bar
Kelly Coffield
as Dee, Mark's Wife
Steve Eastin
as Eddie Cicotte-P
Beatrice Fredman
as Boston Yenta


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