Director Phil Alden Robinson
Year 1989
Starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Burt Lancaster, James Earl Jones, Gaby Hoffman, Timothy Busfield, Frank Whaley
Rating PG
Run Time 107min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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It may be the Great American Pastime, but for decades, Hollywood believed baseball movies were box office poison. Leave it to Kevin Costner to change that notion.

In 1988, Costner scored a surprise summer hit with the steamy romantic comedy BULL DURHAM, about a minor league catcher (Costner) and a potential star (Tim Robbins) competing for a small-town baseball fanatic (Susan Sarandon). One year later, Costner hit a home run with FIELD OF DREAMS, an entirely different kind of baseball movie that immediately put "If you build it, they will come" into the catalog of American catchphrases. (In between these two smashes, the raunchy comedy MAJOR LEAGUE also brought in big bucks.)

Based on W.P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe," FIELD OF DREAMS is truly the kind of movie you only get to make when you are certified as a bankable star. Its mix of fantasy, comedy, baseball history and sentimentality must have perplexed Universal executives and presented a formidable challenge for the marketing department. In an era ruled by high-concept movies, here was a picture that was not particularly easy to explain in a single sentence.

Thankfully, audiences immediately latched on to the story of  Ray (Costner), an Iowa farmer who is spooked by ethereal voices in his cornfield and decides to build a baseball diamond in his backyard. Neighbors and family members think he's lost his mind, until -- well, if you haven't seen FIELD OF DREAMS we won't spoil the surprises.

Costner is superbly supported by screen legends like Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones, as well as the endearingly feisty Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield and Frank Whaley (who was in just about everything in the late 1980s). Like a sorcerer, director and screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson combined the various elements of the tale into an absolutely captivating experience.  

If TERMS OF ENDEARMENT is the ultimate mother/daughter movie, FIELD OF DREAMS may take the prize as the ultimate father/son film: Even the toughest tough guys have been known to completely lose it midway through this one, so prepare accordingly. (James Sanford)  

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