I think it means that if I build a baseball field out there that Shoeless Joe Jackson will get to come back and play ball again. -Ray Kinsella
About the movie
:: Director Phil Robinson described Field of Dreams as "a story about making dreams come true. This story teaches you that you've got to have dreams, but you should keep yourself open to the possibility that a fork in the road may lead you to something just as good. And you shouldn't be disappointed that the dream you specifically put into words doesn't come true."
Field of Dreams was based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella and is "the story of one man's quest to transform his vision into reality. Written for the screen and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, it stars Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, a simple Iowa farmer who, against all odds, finds the courage to believe in his dreams."
Producer Charles Gordon described Field of Dreams as "a sensitive and emotional story about relationships, without the usual fare of explosions, car chases and guns. The strength of the film is in the story and its characters, and I believe it will be hard for an audience to watch this movie and not be moved."
Both the Gordons and Phil Alden Robinson "felt fortunate with the casting of ‘Shoeless Joe.’ When Robinson heard that Kevin Costner had read and loved the script, he said, ‘Let's search no more. We have the perfect Ray’."
Field of Dreams was released in theaters on April 21st, 1989 and grossed over $64,000,000 as well as over $30,000,000 in rentals. It has since become a classic... not only for baseball fans but for dreamers everywhere. It has changed people's lives, including mine. It's one of my favorites, and I hope it's one of yours.