Field of Dreams
A film by Phil Alden Robinson starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, and Amy Madigan.
Reviewed by S. Derby Gisclair
Perhaps one of the greatest baseball movies of all time, famous for making the phrase "If you build it, he will come" part of the American lexicon , w hispered by a voice heard in a cornfield that inspires an Iowa farmer played by Kevin Costner to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield to bring back the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson. But as the weeks go by, Costner receives several other messages and 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 a 1960s-era writer played wonderfully by James Earl Jones, who provides one of the movie's most memorable scenes. Another is a marginal baseball player played by Burt Lancaster, a beloved general practitioner who gave up a burgeoning baseball career in favor of medicine. That's all I'll tell you. If you've been living in a cave for the past seven years and haven't seen this movie then go out and rent it or buy it.