“This is my most special place in all the world, Ray. Once a place touches you like this, the wind never blows so cold again. You feel for it, like it was your child.” – Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham
Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Theater in 1989, cable, video, DVD, 22 Nov 2001 and 7 Apr 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A Iowa farmer hears a voice telling his to build a baseball field in his cornfield and it changes his life.
My Take on it – I remember seeing this movie as a 15 year old and loving it.
I have always been a big baseball fan and also a fan of movies with a phantasmagorical twist to them.
This movie has both.
Lots of people don’t like Kevin Costner movies very much, but I think he was very good in many of his earlier movies (especially in Dances With Wolves (1990) and JFK (1991) and only started to go downhill with Waterworld (1995) and some of his other movies afterwards).
This was Costner’s second movie about baseball. His first was Bull Durham (1988) and then he closed out the genre in 1999 with For Love of the Game (1999).
This movie is a feel good movie that lets it characters try to find a way to return to the times where they felt were the happiest in their lives. The movies bases the fact that the characters would revert to their love of baseball as a child to go back to the innocence that youth provides in order to accomplish that.
This movie is one of the best movies about the love of baseball and is fun for anyone who want to relive their childhood innocence and are looking for a way to revisit those memories. It is also a story about trying to find a way to make up for past regrets.
Great supporting roles by Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster.
Bottom Line – Great movie that tries to find a way to give people second chances in life to correct mistakes they feel they have made. Great meld of baseball and fantasy. One of the best baseball movies made. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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