Monday, 23 May 2016

Freeview film of the day : monday 23rd of May

Field Of Dreams (1989 101min.) [Film4 6.55pm & +1]

A farmer hears a mysterious voice inspiring him to mark out a baseball diamond in a cornfield - which, to his surprise, is visited by the ghost of the star player of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team, whose career was cut short by scandal. It later dawns on him the pitch has a greater purpose - to give people who have sacrificed important parts of their lives a second chance. Fantasy, starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones.

Kevin Costner clearly likes a baseball story - by my count he's so far involved in five films about the sport and is rumoured to be working on yet another.
Field Of Dreams is clearly the best of the lost though, and it could be argued that it's one of the best sport related films ever made.

Director Phil Alden Robinson channels the spirit of Frank Capra to produce a big hearted, warm, fantasy that walks the line between feelgood and schmaltz with skill.

Amy Madigan and Eay Liotta add steel and strength to the cast while the imperious Burt Lancaster adds a touch of class in his last on-screen appearance.

Of course, it's not a film about baseball but rather a celebration of the human spirit and will to succeed.

Very well done and a delight to watch.

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