- Title Field of Dreams
- Director Phil Alden Robinson
- Year 1989
- Run time 1hr 37m
- Genres Drama, Fantasy
- Tagline If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true
Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is encouraged by a mysterious voice to build a baseball pitch on his land. According to the celestial guide, this unusual step will result in the appearance of the ghost of his father's hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta). Bemused yet intrigued by the heavenly intervention, Ray risks his livelihood installing the pitch, and finds an unlikely, and unwilling, partner to help explain the reasons he is doing so: burned-out radical author Terence Mann (James Earl Jones).
In the mood for something relatively light, we picked this one because… well, I don’t really know why. Mr C and I were both under the impression that we might have seen it before but we could barely remember any of it.
00:02:54 - This isn’t a stunning start to a film, I must say. 00:04:24 - I think walking through crops up to your shoulder must be a bit claustrophobic. 00:04:47 - “If you build it, he will come.” We’re only five minutes in and that’s the whole film right there. 00:07:04 - I always thought it was “they” not “he.” 00:10:08 - I can’t see the wife being too happy about it. 00:13:49 - “If you really feel like you should do this, you should do it.” 00:14:38 - How can it be so exciting building a baseball field that all the neighbours come to watch? 00:16:15 - It must cost a fortune in electricity for those floodlights.**** **00:20:36 **- This is the weirdest film ever. **00:24:38 **- How did they film that? Amazing shot! **00:27:55 **- Iowa is definitely not heaven. No offence. **00:34:08 **- More voices! **00:35:35 **- She’s a pretty cool wife. **00:38:23 **- She’ll fight for him and everything. **00:40:25 **- Why did he decide Terence Mann was the one that needed his help? **00:43:06 **- “Why can’t the voice send somebody else?” **00:44:42 - That’s the theme to Top Gear!** **00:50:03 **- “I’m gonna beat you with a crowbar until you go away.” And yet… it’s amusing and not all that threatening. **00:55:56 **- Considering he managed to convince Mann to come all that way, he probably should just tell him what the voice said. **00:58:07 **- What other film would have the Bodyguard and Darth Vadar going on a road trip? **01:05:34 **- No one told me there was going to be time travel! **01:11:45 - “I play baseball.” No kidding. ****01:15:27 **- They just keep the lights on all the time? No wonder they’re bankrupt. 01:19:46 - What is loading the bases? **01:24:58 **- He will come, people will come. I’m not hearing “they.” Did I make that up? **01:28:22 - The doctor came from the other side of the line though. He was young then. Why would it make a difference now? ****01:41:20 **- That is quite a lot of people. What are they going to do with them all?
This gets off to a slow start, and gradually builds in both humour and weirdness. I like that there are a couple of laugh out loud moments without it specifically being a comedy. I must say, by the end, I had to sort of give up following the ins and outs of the story and just go with it, but even so, it was still good.
I don’t know much about baseball, but I don’t think you really need to. The bases thing was the only bit where I didn’t really understand.
After a bit of research, it turns out that “they will come” is one of the top ten misquoted film lines so at least I am not the only one.
Rating: 3 / 5