"If you build it, they will come..." So says the voice in Iowa farmer Kevin Costner's head, thus inspiring him to turn his cornfield into a baseball ground. His wife (Amy Madigan) obviously thinks he's mad, but the ghost of legendary player 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) assures him otherwise. Rich in atmosphere and character, Phil Alden Robinson's adaptation of WP Kinsella's feelgood fantasy novel emits a warm and captivating glow.
Phil Alden Robinson
James Earl Jones
This winning feel-good fantasy is one of a kind. Kevin Costner plays an Iowa farmer who hears voices that tell him to build a baseball field in the middle of one of his corn fields.
When he does, a ghost team of legendary outlawed players appears. Further voices drive him to locate a self-exiled author (James Earl Jones) and an obscure doctor (Burt Lancaster) who missed playing major league baseball by a whisker.
The story makes for a bizarre movie, but one which frequently touches the heart and spirit and has a winning line in magic.
The baseball field was built for the movie in Iowa and after filming a shop was built to sell souvenirs.