The narrative of Field of Dreams is rather simple. Iowa farmer (Kevin Costner) hears a voice one day, If you build it, it will come, prompting him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield so that he can make peace with his dead father. The ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) shows up, followed by other players who were disgraced at the 1919 Black Sox World Series scandal (the subject of John Sayless Eight Men Out).
Is the movie Capracorn or Capraesque That will depend on your values and the kind of movies you like. Then and now, its a rare movie. In 1989, some perceived it as a magical experience, offering a rare glimpse at the vastness, goodness, and grandeur of Middle America. These days our movies are so cynical, reflecting paranoia, disillusionment and mistrust, that Field of Dreams is almost refreshing in its simplicity and naivet. A film without any cynicism, it demands uncritical receptivity from its viewers. ] The interaction between Costner and the ghost recalls classic films like Harvey, in which James Stewart communicated with a six-foot invisible rabbit. Though soaked with rather basic Freudian psychology, Costners reconciliation scene with his dead father is moving; it affected strongly young men in similar position to Costners. The strong supporting cast includes Amy Madigan, Burt Lancaster, and James Earl Jones, who delivers a powerful speech about how baseball once reflected America, disregarding the racial segregation and discrimination against black actors that prevailed at the time.
In 1989, the picture touched many people in the same way as Frank Capras Depression era fables, evoking nostalgia for simpler, more innocent times. A mystical fantasy about belief and hope in the mundane life, Field of Dreams is a meditation on how to regain passion for life while maintaining your conscience and identity intact. A uniquely American film (that indeed didnt play well in foreign countries), Field of Dreams was typical of many 1980s movies in its peculiar blend of countercultural and traditional values. The films sentimental premise struck a chord and the movie became a surprise box-office hit, defying the more conventional wisdom that baseball movies are not commercial.
Field of Dreams was nominated for three Oscars: Best Picture, Robinsons adapted screenplay, and James Horners original score. James Horner. It lost Best Picture to Driving Miss Daisy, which also won for Alfred Uhrys screenplay; the score award went to Alan Menken for The Little Mermaid.