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Famous Field Of Dreams Quotes
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Famous Field Of Dreams Quotes

"If you build it, he will come." These seven quiet words open one of the loudest box office bangs heard in 1989. Field of Dreams was released by Universal Studios on April 21, 1989 to rave reviews from both movie goers and critics alike. Propelled by a mysterious voice that whispered three memorable phrases in all, the movie went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Not only did the film generate some Hollywood buzz, it also created five famous Field of Dreams quotes that have become a permanent part of American culture.

As Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella works in his cornfield on a hot summer day, he hears a whispering voice: "If you build it, he will come." The next day, the same voice returns: "If you build it, he will come." This time the voice brings with it a vision of Shoeless Joe Jackson and a baseball field, built snugly in the middle of Kinsella's corn field. Not quite understanding, but moved and inspired by the visions, Kinsella decides to plow under parts of his corn field and build a baseball diamond, convinced that Shoeless Joe Jackson and other banned members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox will get to play baseball once again.

After the field is completed, Shoeless Joe Jackson does indeed appear one evening, shagging fly balls from Kinsella and taking some wicked cuts at the plate, nearly decapitating farmer Ray after he throws an ill-advised curve ball. As Jackson trots off the field, still uncertain of his whereabouts, he turns to Kinsella and asks, "Is this heaven?" Grinning, the farmer replies, "No, it's Iowa." Chalk up the second famous Field of Dreams quote, one Iowans were quick to run with and plaster all over bumper stickers and banners.

Eventually the other seven banned White Sox players show up on the field, and after practice one evening, Kinsella hears from the whispering voice again: "Ease his pain." The very unspecific voice doesn't say what pain or whose pain, but after both Kinsella and his wife share the same dream on the same night, the farmer interprets the pain to be that of famous writer Terence Mann. Jumping in a throwback 1960's style orange VW van, Kinsella makes a long journey to Boston in search of both Mann and the remaining pieces to an incredible puzzle.

After finding Mann in Boston and convincing him to attend that evening's baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs A's), Kinsella hears from the voice one last time: "Go the distance." Amazingly, Mann also hears the voice and sees the scoreboard display: 'Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham, Chisholm, Minn, New York Giants, 1922, Lifetime Statistics 1 Game, 0 At Bats'. Neither man knows exactly how to 'go the distance'; all they know for sure is that the next leg of this incredible journey leads to Minnesota and Moonlight Graham.

Eventually, all the necessary pieces are in place back in Iowa--the field, Shoeless Joe, the White Sox, Terence Mann, Moonlight Graham, and even Ray Kinsella's deceased father, John. With the field and farm facing foreclosure, however, Terence Mann attempts to convince farmer Ray to keep his miracle in the corn by stepping forward to deliver the film's most eloquent and moving dialogue.

In the speech, writer Mann tells Kinsella that people will come to Iowa, not even realizing why they're doing it. Since they yearn for the past, money is no object--they'll pay just about anything to capture the peace and serenity they lack. They'll find seats they occupied as youngsters and root for their heroes, and it will be as if magic waters enveloped them. Mann continues, telling Kinsella that America has been transformed on numerous occasions, but baseball has endured and withstood the test of time. Baseball reminds everyone of the good things that once were and could still be again. "People will most definitely come, Ray."

Twenty four years have passed since the movie was filmed in Dyersville, Iowa during the summer of 1988. Other baseball movies have come and gone, but Field of Dreams has indeed withstood the test of time. The movie, the farmhouse, and even the Field of Dreams quotes still remain. Ready to greet future generations, ready to 'go the distance'.


Street Talk

Dom Wells  

I remember growing up watching Wayne's World 2 when Wayne sees a vision of Jim Morrison telling him to put on a festival. Throughout the movie he repeats "If you build it, they will come". Nice to know where that quote came from finally!

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  about 9 years ago

The power of stories is amazing and all the more so when well crafted into a movie. Pull that all together with one of the country's favorite sports and some of the dialogue begins to seem "prophetic!"

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  about 9 years ago

I think I've already commented on this, but Bill, great work on this article! Thanks again for sending the movie to me! That was very nice of you and the movie is very inspiring to me!

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  about 9 years ago

Oh those are such good lines and even better when you go back and watch the movie. Thanks to your website we went back and watched the movie again last weekend. It was even better than I remembered because I had all the fine tidbits of information and good points you had made stored away. So thanks for making it even more enjoyable. The fashions have changed since that period, but the message is still timeless. Thanks, Bill for a good read once again.

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  about 9 years ago

OK, OK, I can see that from those quotes that Field of Dreams, that it might just be a smidge more than a baseball movie. Just a smidge, though, don't get too excited. Very good article my friend, and the website is really coming along. You're doing a great job, my friend.

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  about 9 years ago

Not you again. LOL. Just kidding, my baseball-loving friend! You know I appreciate all your comments and encouragement. I can see you've begun to lean ever so slightly in my direction, and that slight list is all the advantage I need. Albeit begrudgingly, you're showing signs of admission--signs that my FOD masterpiece is SOOO much more than a 'baseball movie'. It's all downhill from here, my friend. The party's over. Turn out the lights. The fat lady is singing.

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  about 9 years ago

I know I have seen that movie but it was a very long time ago and i don't remember half of the stuff you described lol. I will see if I can find that movie here and watch it again. I do remember that I enjoyed it very much. That was Costner right?

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  about 9 years ago

Right, Ty, it was Kevin Costner playing the lead role of farmer Ray Kinsella. You'll definitely need to watch the movie again to appreciate the multiple themes involved: love, family, hope, dreams, redemption, and most importantly, second chances. Oh yeah, there's a little baseball in there, too. But not much. :-)

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  about 9 years ago

I think I may have to revisit this movie. It is definitely one to be watched more than once for the lessons learned.

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  about 9 years ago

Exactly, John. It took me several trips through the movie to finally connect all the pieces and realize the multiple lessons and messages involved. Director and screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson is a genius! Field of Dreams has got to be the most complicated and lesson-laden 'baseball movie' I've ever encountered. (You seein' this, McConaha?) LOL

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  about 9 years ago

"If you build it, he will come." Yes!

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  about 9 years ago
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