Baseball Movies in the 80s: Field of Dreams


Released: April 29, 1989
Distributor: Universal
MPAA Rating: PG
Total Run Time: 107 mins.
Cast: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan, Burt Lancaster, Gaby Hoffman, Timothy Busfield
Plot: An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago "Black" Sox come.
Weeks as Box Office #1: N/A
Box Office Rank: #19 overall in 1989
US Domestic Gross: $64.4 million
Budget: N/A

RD80s take:
My favorite baseball movie of all time. Just something about it that anytime I'm channel surfing and see it's on, I usually get sucked in to watching it. Ray Kinsella's vision of building a baseball field for no apparent reason but other than to appease the voice in his head, is the type of blind faith that not many people have. The story that unfolds to reconnect Ray with his dad is the stuff dreams are truly made of. This isn't your typical baseball story with an underdog comeback, which is why I like it so much. Instead of relying on the people to come up with the "magic," Ray trusts the "magic" of baseball for the end result. Terrence Mann's plea to Ray to trust that "magic" is one of my favorite scenes...

Memorable lines:

Ray Kinsella: It's okay, honey. I... I was just talking to the cornfield.

Ray Kinsella: [being rushed out of Mann's loft] You've changed - you know that?
Terence Mann: Yes - I suppose I have! How about this: "Peace, love, dope"? Now get the hell out of here!

Ray Kinsella: What are you grinning at, you ghost?
Shoeless Joe Jackson: If you build it...
[nods toward John Kinsella]
Shoeless Joe Jackson: ... HE will come.

Ray Kinsella: This is my corn. You people are guests in my corn.

Terence Mann: ...People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

[Archie's at bat and is almost hit by the pitcher's throws, twice]
Archie Graham: Hey ump, how 'bout a warning?
Umpire: Sure, kid. Watch out you don't get killed.

Ray Kinsella: The Voice is back.
Annie Kinsella: Oh, Lord. You're supposed to build a football field now?

Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham: Well, you know I... I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases - stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?

John Kinsella: Is this heaven?
Ray Kinsella: It's Iowa.
John Kinsella: Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven.
[John starts to walk away]
Ray Kinsella: Is there a heaven?
John Kinsella: Oh yeah. It's the place where dreams come true.
[Ray looks around, seeing his wife playing with their daughter on the porch]
Ray Kinsella: Maybe this is heaven.

Ray Kinsella: Well, you lied to me!
Terence Mann: You said your finger was a gun!
Ray Kinsella: That's a good point.

The Voice: Ease his pain.

The Voice: Go the Distance.

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