Field of Dreams

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Cover from the first edition of Shoeless Joe

Based on the 1982 novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, the 1989 movie Field of Dreams starred Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, James Earl Jones as Terrence Mann, Amy Madigan, Burt Lancaster as Moonlight Graham, and Ray Liotta (as Shoeless Joe Jackson).

The plot revolves around Iowa corn farmer Kinsella, a baseball obsessive, who hears voices telling him to build a baseball field in his plot of land ("If you build it, they will come"). After he builds the field, much to the dismay of his wife, ghosts of past baseball players start appearing on the field, while Kinsella undertakes a cross-country trek to meet reclusive writer Mann and bring him to a baseball game, and eventually to the "Field of Dreams".

Like Costner's previous baseball movie, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams was a big success, both critically and at the box office. He later made a third baseball film, For Love of the Game.

The ballpark built in a cornfield for the purpose of shooting the film was preserved as a tourist attraction in Dyersville, IA.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Adam Doster: "Field of Schemes", The Atlantic Monthly, April 2014, pp. 46-52.
  • W.P. Kinsella: Shoeless Joe, Turtleback Books, St. Louis, MO, 1999 (originally published in 1982). ISBN 978-0785729020
  • Brett H. Mandel: Is This Heaven?: The Magic of the Field of Dreams, Diamond Communications, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2002. ISBN 978-1888698411

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