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As a dane I know Next to nothing about baseball, but that doesn't matter, because even thougt baseball is a big part of this movie it's not what makes it great -but the story of beliving and the general atmosphere is.
Great actors as well Burt Lancaster, Costner and James Earl Jones - joined by (then) young rising stars ad Ray Liotta and Frank Whaley.
|Kevin Costner||Ray Kinsella|
|James Earl Jones||Terence 'Terry' Mann|
|Amy Madigan||Annie Kinsella|
|Gaby Hoffmann||Karin Kinsella|
|Ray Liotta||"Shoeless" Joe Jackson|
|Burt Lancaster||Dr. Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham|
|Frank Whaley||Dr. Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham|
|Dwier Brown||John Kinsella|
|Lee Garlington||Beulah Gasnick|
|Art LaFleur||Chick Gandil - 1B|
|Ben Affleck||Baseball Fan at Fenway Park|
|Matt Damon||Baseball Fan at Fenway Park|
|Michael Milhoan||Buck Weaver - 3B|
|Geoffrey Nauffts||Boston Pump Jockey|
|Fern Persons||Annie's Mother|
|Steve Eastin||Eddie Cicotte - P|
|Anne Seymour||Chisolm Newspaper Publisher|
|Larry Brandenburg||PTA Heckler|
|Charles Hoyes||Swede Risberg - C|
|Nancy Haigh||Set Decoration|
|James Horner||Original Music Composer|
|Dennis Gassner||Production Design|
|Phil Alden Robinson||Director|
|John Lindley||Director of Photography|
|Leslie McDonald||Art Direction|
|Linda M. Bass||Costume Design|
|Phil Alden Robinson||Writer|
"If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true."
"All his life, Ray Kinsella was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him."
While walking in his cornfield, novice farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice that whispers, "If you build it, he will come", and sees a baseball diamond. His wife, Annie, is skeptical, but she allows him to plow under his corn to build the field.
Nothing happens, and Ray soon faces financial ruin. Ray and Annie discuss replanting the corn, but their daughter, Karin, sees a man on the ballfield. Ray discovers that he is Shoeless Joe Jackson, a dead baseball player idolized by Ray's father. Thrilled to be able to play baseball again, Joe asks to bring others to play on the field. He later returns from the cornfield with the seven other players banned in the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
Ray's brother-in-law, Mark, cannot see the baseball players, and warns Ray that he will go bankrupt unless he replants his crops. While in the field, Ray hears the voice again, this time urging him to "ease his pain." After attending a PTA meeting involving a resolution to ban books by author and activist-turned recluse Terrence Mann, Ray decides the voice is referring to Mann. Ray finds a magazine interview about Mann's childhood dream of playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and his heartbreak when the team moved to Los Angeles, and convinces Annie that he should seek out the author after they both dream about Ray and Terrence attending a baseball game.
Mann denies making the statement in the magazine, but Ray persuades him to attend a baseball game at Fenway Park. Ray hears the voice again, which urges him to "go the distance." The scoreboard shows statistics for a player named Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, who played one game for the New York Giants in 1922, but never had a turn at bat. Mann eventually admits to sharing the vision, and they travel to Chisholm, Minnesota where they learn that Graham became a doctor, but died 16 years earlier.
During a late night walk, Ray realizes that he is in 1972, the year of Graham's death; he finds Graham who confesses to him that although he regrets never getting to bat, he would have regretted not being a doctor even more. He declines Ray's invitation to fulfill his dream.
Theatrical : 1989-04-21 : United States of America
DVD : 2004-06-01
DVD : 1998-03-31