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Field of Dreams
Director: Phil Alden Robinson (Dir)
Release Date:   5 May 1989
Premiere Information:   World premiere: 20 Apr 1989 in Dubuque, IA; Los Angeles and New York openings: 21 Apr 1989
Production Date:   late spring/summer 1988 in Iowa, Boston, MA, and Galena, IL
Duration (in mins):   106
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Cast:   Kevin Costner (Ray Kinsella)  
    Amy Madigan (Annie Kinsella)  
    James Earl Jones (Terence Mann)  
    Timothy Busfield (Mark)  
    Dwier Brown (John Kinsella)  
    Frank Whaley (Archie Graham)  
  With Ray Liotta (Shoeless Joe Jackson) as Shoeless Joe
  And Burt Lancaster (Dr. "Moonlight" Graham) as Doc Graham
    Gaby Hoffman (Karin Kinsella)  
    James Andelin (Feed store farmer)  
    Mary Anne Kean (Feed store lady)  
    Fern Persons (Annie's mother)  
    Kelly Coffield (Dee, Mark's wife)  
    Michael Milhoan (Buck Weaver (3B))  
    Steve Eastin (Eddie Cicotte (P))  
    Charles Hoyes (Swede Risberg (C))  
    Art LaFleur (Chick Gandil (1B))  
    Lee Garlington (Beulah, the angry PTA mother)  
    Mike Nussbaum (Principal)  
    Larry Brandenburg (PTA heckler)  
    Mary McDonald Gershon (PTA heckler)  
    Robert Kurcz (PTA heckler)  
    Don John Ross (Boston butcher)  
    Bea Fredman (Boston yenta)  
    Geoffrey Nauffts (Boston pump jockey)  
    Anne Seymour (Chisolm newspaper publisher)  
    C. George Biasi (First man in bar)  
    Howard Sherf (Second man in bar)  
    Joseph Ryan (Third man in bar)  
    Joe Glasberg (Customer)  
  Additional ballplayers: Mark Danker    
    Frank Dardis    
    Jim Doty    
    Mike Goad    
    Jay Hemond    
    Mike Hodge    
    Steve Jenkins    
    Terry Kelleher    
    Ron Lucas    
    Fred Martin    
    Curt McWilliams    
    Jude Milbert    
    Steve Olberding    
    Gene Potts    
    James Rogh    
    Paul Scherrman    
    Dale Till    
  [and] Tom Vogel    
    Brian Frankish (Clean-shaven umpire)  
    Jeffrey Neal Silverman (Clean-shaven center fielder)  
    Himself (The Voice)  

Summary: Ray Kinsella recalls his late father, John, a one-time minor league baseball player and devoted fan of the sport. After Ray’s mother died, John Kinsella took care of his son, but Ray ultimately clashed with him and went to college in Berkeley, California, far away from their home in New York City. Ray joined the hippie movement, then married his college sweetheart, Annie, just before his father died. The young couple had a daughter, Karin, and when Ray turned thirty-six, Annie convinced him to buy a farm in Iowa. Ray claims he never did anything crazy until he heard “the voice.” One day, walking through the cornfields on his farm, Ray hears a voice whisper repeatedly, “If you build it, he will come.” Later, the voice wakes him up and Ray responds by asking what he should build. The next day, as the voice speaks to him, Ray hallucinates a baseball field and the late “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, an outfielder who was ousted from the Major Leagues after his team, the Chicago White Sox, were found guilty of conspiring to lose the 1919 World Series. Back in the house, Ray tells Annie the voice wants him to build a baseball field so Shoeless Joe can play again, and she responds that it is the craziest idea she ever heard. However, Ray fears becoming like his father, who aged too quickly and never followed his dreams. Annie offers to support him, even though he must plow down a large portion of their corn to build the field. Neighbors watch in disbelief as Ray begins plowing. His daughter, Karin, joins him as he recounts the story of Shoeless Joe, who earned his nickname when he removed an uncomfortable pair of spikes during the middle of a game and played barefoot. Recalling the 1919 World Series controversy, Ray insists there was no evidence that Shoeless Joe conspired to lose, given his exemplary performance in the games. Ray tells Annie that his father once saw Shoeless Joe playing in the minor leagues under a different name, and Annie notices Ray is smiling. She says it is the first time she has seen her husband look happy when talking about his father. The baseball field is completed, but Shoeless Joe does not appear for some time. One night, Annie tallies the bills and announces that the farm is losing money due to the lost acreage. She also reminds Ray that they spent all of their savings on the field, which they should now replant with corn. Karin interrupts, saying a man is standing outside. Ray finds a young Shoeless Joe standing on his baseball field and greets him in disbelief. He hits balls for the outfielder to catch, then pitches to him. After hitting a homerun, Shoeless Joe comments about how much he misses baseball. Annie and Karin come to greet their guest, but he cannot walk past the border of the baseball field. He mentions that seven other players would like to join him next time, and Ray says they are welcome. Before he disappears into the cornfield, Shoeless Joe asks if he is in heaven, and Ray responds, “No, it’s Iowa.” Later, Annie’s brother, Mark, informs Ray that he is going to lose his farm and offers to buy the property before the bank forecloses on it. Karin announces that “the game is on,” and Ray leaves the room with her. Mark follows, and sees them watching Shoeless Joe and his seven companions warming up on the field. However, Mark cannot see the players and mocks Ray as he leaves. When the voice speaks to Ray again, it says, “Ease his pain.” Confused by the instruction, Ray attends a Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meeting with Annie, where a concerned mother named Beulah discusses her desire to ban 1960s counterculture books written by Terence Mann. Annie defends Mann and convinces the majority of the crowd to side with her before Ray drags her out of the meeting, announcing that he has had an epiphany. He reminds Annie that Mann is his favorite author as well as hers, and believes the voice was telling him to ease Mann’s pain. The novelist, now a recluse, once gave an interview in which he described a recurring dream of playing baseball at Ebbets Field with Jackie Robinson. Thus, Ray thinks he must bring Mann out of hiding to attend a baseball game. Annie forbids him going on a trip because they cannot afford it, but when she remembers the dream she had the night before in which Ray attended a Boston Red Sox game with Mann, he reveals he had the same dream. Changing her mind, Annie offers to help him pack. In Boston, Massachusetts, Ray bribes a mechanic for Mann’s home address and goes to the author’s apartment. There, he informs Mann of his mission and persuades him to attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, even though the author denies having had a recurring dream about Ebbets Field. At the game, Ray sees the statistics of 1922 New York Giants player Archibald “Moonlight” Graham on the Jumbotron. Graham, who only played one game and never went to bat, was from Chisolm, Minnesota. Ray deduces that he must go to Chisolm, and offers to take Mann home early, apologizing that he was not needed after all. However, just after Ray drops him off, Mann blocks the car and reveals that he also saw the message about Graham. He joins Ray on the trip to Chisolm, where they learn that Graham, who became a doctor and devoted husband, died in 1972. That night, Ray takes a walk in town and realizes he has been transported back to 1972. He sees Graham walking down the street and follows him to his office, where he tries to convince the doctor to come to Iowa with him for another chance to play baseball. However, Graham refuses to leave his wife, even for a short trip. Ray calls home to Annie, who reports that Mark has taken over the loan on their house and will foreclose if they do not agree to sell to him. Rushing back to Iowa, Ray is joined by Mann and a young hitchhiker, who turns out to be a younger version of Graham who calls himself “Archie” and aspires to play baseball. When Archie falls asleep, Ray tells Mann that he played baseball as a child but quit at age fourteen when he read Mann’s novel, The Boat Rocker, and decided to rebel against his father’s wishes, including the desire for him to play baseball. Ray laments that he left home at seventeen after telling his father he could never respect a man who idolized a criminal like Shoeless Joe. For years he did not speak to his father, too ashamed to apologize, and the next time he saw him was at his funeral. That night, they arrive at the farm and discover Shoeless Joe on the field with two full teams. Mann and the Kinsellas watch as Archie joins the seasoned players for a game. The next day, Mark arrives to find Ray and the Kinsellas on the sidelines, watching another game. Karin announces that her father will not have to sell the farm because people will pay to watch the game. Believing the girl is delusional, Mark shakes her, causing her to fall from the bleachers and lose consciousness. Annie goes to call for help, but Ray stops her, certain that Archie can aid their daughter. Archie approaches, and at the edge of the field, transforms into the older Dr. Graham, who discovers Karin is choking and slaps her back to dislodge a hot dog. Having witnessed the rescue, Mark changes his mind and agrees that Ray should keep the farm. When the baseball players retire for the day, Shoeless Joe invites Mann to join them. Ray wants to come too, but Mann reminds him he has a family and claims this is an opportunity for him to write a new story. Mann finally admits he did dream about playing at Ebbets Field, and Shoeless Joe reminds Ray, “If you build it, he will come,” before leaving the field. One last player remains, and Ray realizes it is his father. Upon Annie’s encouragement, he introduces John to his wife and daughter, but does not reveal that he is his son. John compliments the beauty of the field and says it is a “dream come true.” The men discuss whether or not it is heaven or simply Iowa, and Ray finally calls him “Dad” when he asks him to play catch.  

Production Company: Gordon Company  
Production Text: A Gordon Company Production
A Phil Alden Robinson
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures (an MCA Company)
Director: Phil Alden Robinson (Dir)
  Brian Frankish (Unit prod mgr)
  William M. Elvin (1st asst dir)
  Alan Edmisten (2d asst dir)
  Grant Gilmore (2d 2d asst dir)
  Lou Puopolo (Boston 2d unit dir)
Producer: Lawrence Gordon (Prod)
  Charles Gordon (Prod)
  Brian Frankish (Exec prod)
  Lloyd Levin (Assoc prod)
  Paul Hauser (Lamp op)
Writer: Phil Alden Robinson (Written for the screen by)
Photography: John Lindley (Dir of photog)
  Ken Ferris (Cam op)
  Lawrence Karman (1st asst cam)
  David Kessler (Addl 1st asst cam)
  Mark Karen (Addl 1st asst cam)
  Joey Cicio (Addl 1st asst cam)
  Frank Byrne (2d asst cam)
  Brad Ruby (2d asst cam)
  Tom Ryan (2d asst cam)
  Gregory Jackson (Cam loader)
  Cynthia Pusheck (Cam loader)
  Todd Gavin (Cam loader)
  Jim Muro (Panaglide op)
  Randy Nolan (Panaglide op)
  Jimmy McConkey (Panaglide asst)
  Tom Selman (Panaglide asst)
  Robert Gersicoff (Panaglide asst)
  John M. Stephens (Aerial photog)
  Scott Fuller (1st asst cam [Aerial photog])
  Patrick Reddish (Gaffer)
  John Carney (Best boy elec)
  Jules LaBarthe (Rigging gaffer)
  John Vecchio (Lamp op)
  Kim Kono (Lamp op)
  Mark Martins (Lamp op)
  Richard Vest (Lamp op)
  John Friday (Lamp op)
  Roger Tang (Lamp op)
  Charles Brady (Lamp op)
  Bud Young (Rigger)
  Charles King (Rigger)
  Gary Goldman (Rigger)
  Ron Cook (Rigger)
  Tim Pershing (Key grip)
  Dan Pershing (Best boy grip)
  Tracy Nfetzger (Dolly grip)
  James Early (2d grip)
  Mike McFadden (Grip)
  J.D. Ault (Grip)
  Richard Bond (Grip)
  Tyree Miller (Grip)
  Jeff Smith (Grip)
  Paul Schnieder (Grip)
  K. Janice Metcalf (Grip)
  Jeffrey Zucker (Grip)
  Art Bartels (Grip)
  Tim Forrest (Grip)
  Tom Osman (Grip)
  Tyler Osman (Grip)
  Tim Osman (Grip)
  Geraldine Shea (Grip)
  Melinda Sue Gordon (Still photog)
  Brian Roberts (Video playback)
  Steve Bradarich (Video playback)
  Dick Clark (Video playback)
  David Crookham (Musco Mobile lighting gen mgr)
  Roger Spurgon (Tech, Musco Mobile lighting)
  Brad Chelesvig (Tech, Musco Mobile lighting)
  Mike DeMeyer (Tech, Musco Mobile lighting)
  George Glass (Tech, Musco Mobile lighting)
  Jerome Fynaardt (Tech, Musco Mobile lighting)
  Todd Braden (Tech, Musco Mobile lighting)
  Brian Pollpeter (Tech, Musco Mobile lighting)
  Ron Kunecke (Tech, Musco Mobile lighting)
  Ricky Bravo (Dir of photog, Boston 2d unit)
  Peter Norman (Cam op, Boston 2d unit)
  Ricky Bravo, Jr. (1st asst cam (Focus), Boston 2d unit)
  Ralph Bradofino (2d asst cam, Boston 2d unit)
  Rick Raphael (Panaglide op, Boston 2d unit)
  Richard Cruedo (Panaglide asst, Boston 2d unit)
  Du-Art (Film processing)
  Filmtrucks (Grip & elec equip)
Art Direction: Dennis Gassner (Prod des)
  Leslie McDonald (Art dir)
Film Editor: Ian Crafford (Ed)
  Justine Turner (1st asst ed)
  Mitch Marcus (Apprentice ed)
  Howard Spiro (Apprentice ed)
  Joanna Jimenez (Asst ed)
  Gary Burritt (Negative cutter)
Set Decoration: Douglas Fox (Prop master)
  Doug DuRose (Asst prop master)
  Craig Schaeffer (Prop prod asst)
  Nancy Haigh (Set dec)
  Paige Augustine (Asst set dec)
  Brian Kasch (Lead dec)
  Claire Gaul (Set dresser)
  Leslie Linville (Set dresser)
  Dawn Snyder (Set des)
  Kathleen McKernin (Set des)
  Jess Moreno (Swing gang)
  James Meehan (Swing gang)
  Dan Janssen (Swing gang)
  John Blackman (Swing gang)
  Kurt Walleser (Swing gang)
  Frank Viviano (Const coord, Set)
  John Snyder (Const foreman, Set)
  Erich Schultz (Gang boss, Set)
  Kim McDonald (Carpenter, Set)
  John Moore (Carpenter, Set)
  Gene Tully (Carpenter, Set)
  Steve Feldman (Carpenter, Set)
  Joseph Huseman, Jr. (Carpenter, Set)
  William Primasing (Carpenter, Set)
  George Hinzo (Scenic artist, Set)
  Gilbert Johnquest (Scenic painter, Set)
  Steven L. Meyer (Const coord, Farm)
  Gary Schmitt (Const foreman, Farm)
  Bob Roling (Lead carpenter, Farm)
  Dennis Tully (Carpenter, Farm)
  William Gourley (Carpenter, Farm)
  Tim Gourley (Carpenter, Farm)
  Steve Koch (Carpenter, Farm)
  Richard Hess (Carpenter, Farm)
  Stan Maiers (Carpenter, Farm)
  Roger Kelzer (Carpenter, Farm)
  Pat Swan (Carpenter, Farm)
  Phil Heid (Carpenter, Farm)
  Gene Schlichte (Const elec, Farm)
  Eldon Trumm (Farm adv)
  Carol Petrick (Gardener)
  Pacific Sod and Grain (Baseball field const)
  Pro Turf Division (Baseball field const)
  Neil Beason (Baseball field const)
Costumes: Linda Bass (Cost des)
  P. Kay Morris (Cost supv)
  Pamela Knourek (Ward asst)
  Cynthia Robey (Ward asst)
Music: James Horner (Mus comp)
  Shawn Murphy (Mus scoring mixer)
  Billy May (Addl orch)
  Ralph Grierson (Instrumental soloist)
  Tony Hennigan (Instrumental soloist)
  James Horner (Instrumental soloist)
  Mike Taylor (Instrumental soloist)
  Ian Underwood (Instrumental soloist)
  Jim Henrikson (Mus ed)
  Nancy Fogarty (Mus ed)
  Jim Flamberg (Assoc mus ed)
Sound: Russell Williams, II (Sd mixer)
  Albert Aquino (Boom op)
  Russ Neiderhauser (Cable)
  Sandy Gendler (Supv sd ed)
  Noah Blough (Sd ed)
  Jayme Parker (Sd ed)
  Niels Jensen (Sd ed)
  Donald Meluth (Sd ed)
  John Morris (Sd ed)
  Becky Sullivan Coblentz (Supv ADR ed)
  Solange Schwalbe Boisseau (Supv foley ed)
  Donald Flick (Foley ed)
  Neil Eric Wenger (Asst sd ed)
  Lee Grubin (Asst sd ed)
  Cathy Chase (Apprentice sd ed)
  Lions Gate Studios (Post-prod facilities)
  Bob Deschaine (ADR mixer)
  Elizabeth Snyder DeSantis (ADR rec)
  Leigh French (Loop group)
  Joan Rowe (Foley artist)
  Jerry Trent (Foley artist)
  Lee Tinkham (Foley mixer)
  Robert Edmonson (Foley rec)
  Ken Johnson (Sd FX rec)
  Goldwyn Sound Facility (Re-rec at)
  Donald O. Mitchell (Re-rec mixer)
  Kevin O'Connell (Re-rec mixer)
  Rick Kline (Re-rec mixer)
  Jim Cavaretta (Rec)
  Jack Keller (Rec)
  Jeannette Cremarosa (Rec)
Special Effects: Robbie Knott (Spec eff)
  Industrial Light & Magic (Spec visual eff by)
  Bruce Nicholson (Visual eff supv, ILM)
  Kim Marks (Visual eff cam op, ILM)
  Marty Rosenberg (Visual eff cam op, ILM)
  Ian Bryce (Eff prod mgr, ILM)
  Susan Fritz Monahan (Eff prod supv, ILM)
  Kim Nelson (Eff coord, ILM)
  Peg Hunter (Opt photog supv, ILM)
  Matthew Yuricich (Matte artist)
  Richard Yuricich (Matte visual consultant)
  Robert Hippard (Matte coord)
  Dan Perri (Title des)
  Cinema Research Corp. (Titles and opticals)
  Clay Marsh (Opt supv)
Make Up: Richard Arrington (Key make-up artist)
  Enid Arias (Key hair stylist)
  Elle Elliott (Hair stylist to Amy Madigan)
  Donald Morand (Hair consultant)
  Bonita DeHaven (Addl make-up artist)
  Cindy Stratton (Addl make-up artist)
  Sharon McDonald (Addl make-up artist)
  Lesly Ehrman (Addl make-up artist)
Production Misc: Margery Simkin (Casting)
  Jan Evans (Scr supv)
  T. David Jones (Helicopter pilot)
  Rod Dedeaux (Head baseball coach)
  Don Buford (Asst baseball coach)
  Gene Potts (Iowa baseball coach)
  Jay Hemond (Baseball trainer)
  Pam Jaeckle (Casting asst, Los Angeles)
  Susan Riedel (Iowa casting coord/Bat girl)
  Lynne Allison (Casting asst, Iowa)
  Jim Meyer (Casting asst, Iowa)
  Tom Robbins (Casting asst, Iowa)
  Mitch Marcus (Loc mgr)
  Bob Hudgins (Loc mgr)
  Steve Moes (Asst loc mgr)
  Pamela Hoffman (Prod coord)
  Patricia Walsh (Prod secy)
  James McCarthy (Prod accountant)
  Beccie Hilliard (Asst accountant)
  Robert H. Lemer (Promotional coord)
  Dave Fulton (Unit pub)
  Bill Durr (Loc projectionist)
  Peter Rathje (Key set medic)
  Janice McDonnell (Set nurse)
  Christine Resch (Teacher)
  Sunrise Catering (Caterer)
  Patrick Crowley (Craft service)
  Ken Kringle (Craft service)
  Randy Peters (Transportation coord)
  Candace Wells (Transportation capt)
  Billy Palmer (Transportation co-capt)
  Mike Cain (Filmtrucks driver)
  Dan Loveless (Chapman crane driver)
  Ross Hobday (Prop truck driver)
  Tim Perry (Shotmaker op)
  Steve Humphrey (Honeywagon driver)
  William Badalato (Driver)
  Michael McMahan (Driver)
  Don Feeney (Driver)
  Joe Feeney (Driver)
  Lonnie Kragel (Driver)
  Doug Tonn (Driver)
  Jeff Carney (Driver)
  John Miller (Driver)
  Dave Willford (Driver)
  Mary Delaney (Driver)
  Don Beck (Driver)
  Jean Frye (Prod asst)
  Wendy Spence (Prod asst)
  Kelly LeClere (Prod asst)
  Chris Prew (Prod asst)
  Brett Eilers (Prod asst)
  Derek Johansen (Prod asst)
  Mary Coyle (Prod asst)
  Eric Salmu (Prod asst)
  Melinda Sue Gordon (Opening montage)
  American Stock Photos (Montage historical source)
  California Historical Society (Montage historical source)
  Producers Library Service (Montage historical source)
  Twentieth Century-Fox Movietone News, Inc. (Montage historical source)
  UCLA Film and Television Archive (Montage historical source)
  Wide World Photos (Montage historical source)
  Sherman Grinberg Film Libraries (Montage historical source)
  Puopolo Productions, Inc. (Boston 2d unit prod)
  Janice Wilde (Asst to Lou Puopolo, Boston 2d unit)
  Lou Puopolo, Jr. (Prod assoc, Boston 2d unit)
  Albert G. Ruben (Insurance)
  The Completion Bond Co. (Completion bond)
  Beth Fortenberry (Asst to Phil Alden Robinson)
  Jane DeVries (Asst to Phil Alden Robinson)
  Stacey Basoff (Asst to Lawrence Gordon)
  Kellet Tighe (Asst to Lawrence Gordon)
  Annie Saunders (Asst to Charles Gordon)
  Robert H. Lemer (Asst to Brian Frankish)
  Allison Conant (Asst to Kevin Costner)
Stand In: Randy Peters (Stunt coord)
Color Personnel: Dale Grahn (Col timer)
  Bob Hagans (Col timer)
  DeLuxe® (Col by)
MPAA Rating: PG
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "Crazy," written by Willie Nelson, performed by Beverly D'Angelo; "Daydream," written by John Sebastian, performed by the Lovin' Spoonful, courtesy of Buddah Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products; "Jessica," written by Dickie Betts, performed by the Allman Brothers Band, courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.; "China Grove," written by Tom Johnston, performed by the Doobie Brothers, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc., by arrangement with Warner Special Products; "Lotus Blossom," written by Billy Strayhorn, performed by Duke Ellington, courtesy of Bluebird Records/RCA Records.
Composer: Dickie Betts
  Tom Johnston
  Willie Nelson
  John Sebastian
  Billy Strayhorn
Source Text: Based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella (Boston, 1982).
Authors: W. P. Kinsella

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal City Studios, Inc. 2/8/1989 dd/mm/yyyy PA423046

PCA NO: 29682
Physical Properties: Sd: Spectral Recording Dolby Stereo SR™ in selected theatres
  Lenses: Panaflex® camera and lenses by Panavision®

Genre: Drama
Subjects (Major): Baseball
  Fathers and sons
Subjects (Minor): Baseball players
  Berkeley (CA)
  Boston (MA)
  Boston Red Sox (Baseball team)
  Chicago White Sox (Baseball team)
  Fathers and daughters
  Fixed baseball games
  Political activists
  Voyages and travel

Note: End credits include the statement: “Special Thanks to: Waveform Corporation; Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox, the Oakland A’s; Wendol Jarvis and Susan Reynolds, Iowa Film Office; Rob Apel, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce; Connie Trencamp, Dyersville Chamber of Commerce; and especially to Don Lansing, Al Amescamp, and the people of Dubuque County, Iowa and Galena, Illinois.” The following dedication appears on a title card following end credits: “...For Our Parents.”
       A 2 Mar 1983 HR brief announced that film rights to W. P. Kinsella’s novel, Shoeless Joe (Boston, 1982), were optioned by producers William Blaylock and Peter W. Rea of Ocelot. According to a 22 Nov 1985 Publishers Weekly brief, the option was dropped two years later, and Twentieth Century-Fox obtained the film rights on the day they became available, with Phil Alden Robinson slated to adapt the novel.
       As reported in a 21 Jun 1988 LAT news item, production in Dyersville, IA, was delayed due to a drought. Executive producer Brian Frankish explained that corn growing on the Dyersville farm location which stood in for the home of “Ray Kinsella” was only two feet tall and needed to be much higher. A 23 Oct 1989 article in People stated that filmmakers paid Don Lansing a $10,000 location fee in addition to living expenses to use his farm, and made improvements to his home, adding air conditioning, a white picket fence, a porch extension, and two bay windows. The baseball diamond was built in four days by professional baseball field designers. Principal photography began earlier in Dubuque, IA, where $5.2 million was spent, as stated in a 29 Mar 1989 Var brief. Production moved from Dubuque to Boston, MA, on 18 May 1989, according to a 10 Jun 1988 HR brief, which reported that filming in Boston would be completed 27 May 1988. Production charts in the 8 Jun 1988 Var noted that filming had returned to Iowa that month.
       The world premiere took place 20 Apr 1989 in Dubuque, as reported in a 14 Apr 1989 HR news item. The film opened one day later in seventeen cities and, in its opening weekend, grossed $531,346 on twenty-two screens for a $24,152 per screen average, as reported in a 28 Apr 1989 HR item. The release was scheduled to expand to 109 screens in the second weekend, with a wide release on roughly 650 screens slated for 5 May 1989. An article in the 21 Jul 1989 LAT stated that the film had grossed more than $55 million, helping set a second-quarter earnings record for MCA, Inc., the parent company of Universal, which took in $861.4 million in revenue for the quarter ending in Jun 1989, earning a $42 million profit.
       Field of Dreams received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Music (Original Score), and Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium). The film was ranked twenty-eighth on AFI’s 2006 100 Years…100 Cheers list of the most inspiring films of all time, and thirty-ninth on AFI’s 2005 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes list for the quote, “If you build it, he will come.”
       A 23 Aug 1989 LAT news item reported that the Iowa Department of Economic Development licensed the lines, “Is this heaven?” and, “No, it’s Iowa” to promote tourism and filming in the state. The logo, on T-shirts, coffee mugs and buttons, was set to debut at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines late Aug 1989.
       According to the 23 Oct 1989 People, Don Lansing chose to keep the baseball field on his property and allowed visitors to come view the location for free, although donations were accepted. Lansing sold T-shirts and soft drinks to visitors in addition to providing bats and baseballs for those who wanted to play baseball. Left field, which was on a neighbor’s property, was replanted with corn. As of Oct 1989, Lansing estimated 5,000 people had come to see the field. According to a 26 Aug 2007 LAT brief, a group of locals calling themselves “the ghost players” began performing there, emerging from the cornfields in 1919 Chicago White Sox uniforms and playing games, sometimes inviting onlookers to join. In 1991, Lansing hosted a Fantasy Baseball Camp and charity game, as noted in a 3 Jul 1991 HR item, with former Major League players Randy Hundley, Bob Gibson, and Reggie Jackson in attendance. The charity game was reprised in 1992, according to a 5 Sep 1992 Long Beach Press-Telegram item, which stated that rock and roll musician Meat Loaf sang the national anthem before the game, and television stars Kelsey Grammar and Mark DeCarlo played against retired Major League players, including Jackson and Gibson, who were there for the second year in a row. A 3 Aug 2006 LAT item reported that Kevin Costner and his band were slated to play at an 11 Aug 2006 outdoor screening of the film on Lansing’s field, organized by Netflix. A year later, the ghost players performed for the last time on 30 Sep 2007, and on 14 May 2010, LAT reported that Lansing was selling his farm for $5.4 million, after it had been in his family for over a century. The baseball diamond was still intact and drawing tourists. According to several contemporary sources, including the 16 Jun 2014 Concord, NH Concord Monitor, a three-day event beginning 13 Jun 2014 celebrated the film's twenty-fifth anniversary, drawing cast members, including Kevin Costner and Timothy Busfield, and professional baseball players once more to the field in Dyersville. Over the weekend, celebrity softball games, concerts, and an outdoor screening of the film took place.
       A 7 Feb 1990 DV news brief stated that Kevin Costner sued Prism Entertainment Corp. for featuring a picture of the actor in a baseball uniform on the home video cover of the 1985 film Chasing Dreams, in order to profit from the popularity of Field of Dreams. Although Costner had appeared in Chasing Dreams, he played a minor role and did not depict a baseball player. Universal Pictures acted as Costner’s co-plaintiff. The outcome of the lawsuit could not be determined as of the writing of this Note.  

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