Field of Dreams

00:01:37My father's name was John Kinsella.
00:01:40It's an lrish name.
00:01:42He was born in North Dakota in 1896
00:01:44and never saw a big city until he came back from France in 1918.
00:01:50Settling in Chicago, he learned to live and die
00:01:52with the White Sox.
00:01:54Died a little when they lost the 1919 World Series,
00:01:58died a lot when eight White Sox were accused of throwing that Series.
00:02:03He played some in the minors, but nothing came of it.
00:02:07Moved to Brooklyn in '35, married Mom in '38,
00:02:11was already an old man at the naval yards
00:02:14when I was born in 1952.
00:02:17My name's Ray Kinsella.
00:02:19Mom died when I was three, and I suppose Dad did the best he could.
00:02:24Instead of Mother Goose, I was put to bed to stories of Babe Ruth,
00:02:28Lou Gehrig, and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson.
00:02:32Dad was a Yankees fan then, so I rooted for Brooklyn.
00:02:36In '58, the Dodgers moved away, so we had to find other reasons to fight.
00:02:41We did.
00:02:42When I chose a college,
00:02:44I picked the farthest from home I could find.
00:02:48This drove him up the wall, which, I suppose, was the point.
00:02:53Officially, my major was English, but really, it was the '60s.
00:02:57I marched, I smoked some grass,
00:03:00I tried to like sitar music, and I met Annie.
00:03:04The only thing we had in common
00:03:06was that she came from Iowa, and I'd once heard of lowa.
00:03:11After graduation, we moved to the Midwest
00:03:13and stayed with her family as long as we could,
00:03:16almost a full afternoon.
00:03:19Annie and I got married in June of '74.
00:03:22Dad died that fall.
00:03:24A few years later, Karin was born.
00:03:27She smelled weird, but we loved her anyway.
00:03:30Then Annie got the crazy idea she could talk me into buying a farm.
00:03:35I'm 36 years old, I love my family,
00:03:37I love baseball, and I'm about to become a farmer.
00:03:41But until I heard the voice,
00:03:44I'd never done a crazy thing in my whole life.
00:04:25If you build it, he will come.
00:04:47If you build it, he will come.
00:04:59Hey, Annie!
00:05:01Annie, what was that?
00:05:03What was what?
00:05:06That voice just now. What was it?
00:05:12We didn't hear anything.
00:05:18All right.
00:05:22If you build it, he will come.
00:05:31Okay, you must have heard that!
00:05:33Sorry. Hey, come on in to dinner.
00:05:37Let's go, pumpkin.
00:05:58Is there, like, a sound truck on the highway?
00:06:01Nope. Hey, Karin, dinner's ready!
00:06:05Kids with a radio?
00:06:06Nope.
00:06:08Hey, are you really hearing voices?
00:06:11Just one.
00:06:13What did it say?
00:06:16"If you build it, he will come."
00:06:22if you build what, who will come?
00:06:24He didn't say.
00:06:27I hate it when that happens.
00:06:28Me, too.
00:06:44If you build it, he will come.
00:07:02Build what? What is this?
00:07:05Ray?
00:07:10It's okay, honey. I... I'm just talking to the cornfield.
00:07:19Anyway, I was walking down along the street,
00:07:21and I heard this voice saying,
00:07:24"Good evening, Mr. Dowd."
00:07:26Well, I turned around,
00:07:29and here was this big, six-foot rabbit leaning up against the lamppost.
00:07:37Why did you do that? It was funny.
00:07:40Trust me, Karin. It's not funny.
00:07:42The man is sick. Very sick.
00:07:44Karin, honey, get your book bag. Let's go!
00:07:47Hon, I'll take her today.
00:07:49I've got errands to do in town.
00:07:51Far out.
00:07:56Hey. What if the voice calls while you're gone?
00:08:01Take a message.
00:08:02Bye.
00:08:03Bye.
00:08:08In all those years, did you ever...
00:08:11it's just I've heard that sometimes farmers in the field...
00:08:14They hear things. You know, voices.
00:08:17You hearing voices?
00:08:18No. it's just I heard some farmers do.
00:08:22I, of course, don't, so I was wondering if I was doing something wrong.
00:08:28Did you... Did you ever hear voices out there?
00:08:31Who's hearing voices?
00:08:32Ray is.
00:08:34Out in the fields. No, I'm not.
00:08:36I'm...
00:08:41Noises. That darned tractor...
00:08:45I'm just going to get some 3-in-1 oil. That ought to do it.
00:08:49It was nice... Nice talking to you.
00:09:20If you build it, he will come.
00:09:23All right, that's it! Huh? Who the...
00:09:28Who are you, huh? What do you want from me?
00:09:30Son of a...
00:09:32if you build it, he will come.
00:09:37If you build it...
00:09:47if you build it,
00:09:56he will come.
00:10:26You don't suppose this is like an acid flashback, do you?
00:10:30I never took acid.
00:10:31Maybe you will someday. It's like a flash-forward.
00:10:35Annie, there's more.
00:10:37Honey, why don't you eat a little bit?
00:10:40I... I think I know what "if you build it, he will come" means.
00:10:45Why do I not think this is so good?
00:10:48I think it means that if I build a baseball field out there,
00:10:53Shoeless Joe Jackson will get to come back and play ball again.
00:10:59You're kidding?
00:11:01Uh-uh.
00:11:04Wow.
00:11:06Yeah.
00:11:08You're kidding.
00:11:12Boy, I thought my family was crazy, but this is the craziest thing ever.
00:11:17I know. it's totally nuts. I mean, Shoeless Joe!
00:11:20He's dead. Died in '51. He's dead.
00:11:23They suspended him, right?
00:11:25Right.
00:11:26He's still dead?
00:11:28As far as I know.
00:11:33Did you know Babe Ruth copied his swing?
00:11:37If I did, I've forgotten it.
00:11:45He was supposed to be so graceful and agile.
00:11:49I'd actually like to see him play again,
00:11:52to let him play, to right an old wrong.
00:11:55Wait. Wait a minute, Bosco.
00:12:00Are you actually thinking of doing this?
00:12:04No.
00:12:06I mean, I can't think of one good reason why I should, but...
00:12:18I'm 36. I have a wife, a child, and a mortgage,
00:12:22and I'm scared to death I'm turning into my father.
00:12:26What's your father got to do with all of this?
00:12:30I never forgave him for getting old.
00:12:36By the time he was as old as I am now, he was ancient.
00:12:43I mean, he must have had dreams, but he never did anything about them.
00:12:49For all I know, he may have even heard voices, too,
00:12:52but he sure didn't listen to them.
00:12:57The man never did one spontaneous thing in all the years I knew him.
00:13:02Annie, I'm afraid of that happening to me,
00:13:07and something tells me this may be my last chance to do something about it.
00:13:15I want to build that field.
00:13:20Do you think I'm crazy?
00:13:22Yes.
00:13:28But I also think if you really feel you should do this,
00:13:35then you should do it.
00:13:51What the hell is he doing?
00:13:53He's plowing under his corn.
00:13:56Why?
00:14:03Ty Cobb called him the greatest left fielder of all time.
00:14:07He said his glove was the place where triples go to die.
00:14:11- Could he hit? - Could he hit?
00:14:13Lifetime average .356, third highest in history.
00:14:17Why'd they call him Shoeless Joe?
00:14:19When he was still in the minors,
00:14:21he bought a new pair of spikes and hurt his feet.
00:14:24In the sixth inning, he took them off and played in his socks.
00:14:28The players kidded him,
00:14:29called him "Shoeless Joe," and the name stuck.
00:14:33He's going to lose his farm.
00:14:35Damned fool.
00:14:36Then in 1919, his team, the Chicago White Sox,
00:14:39they threw the World Series.
00:14:42What's "threw"?
00:14:43It means they lost on purpose.
00:14:45Gamblers paid them to. Except Shoeless Joe.
00:14:50He did take their money,
00:14:52but nobody ever proved he did one thing to lose those games.
00:14:57If he threw it,
00:14:58how do you explain he hit .375 for the Series and committed no errors?
00:15:03I can't.
00:15:04Twelve hits including the Series' only home run,
00:15:07and they said he's trying to lose?
00:15:09It's ridiculous.
00:15:11The commissioner of baseball suspended eight of the players,
00:15:14including the great Shoeless Joe Jackson, for life.
00:15:17What's "suspend"?
00:15:20It means they never let him play the game again.
00:15:26My father said he saw him years later
00:15:28playing under a made-up name in some 10th-rate league in Carolina.
00:15:33He'd put on 50 pounds, and his spring was gone from his step
00:15:36but he could still hit.
00:15:39Dad used to say nobody could hit like Shoeless Joe.
00:15:44I think that's the first time I've ever seen you smile
00:15:47when you mentioned your father.
00:15:53Well...
00:16:03I have just created something totally illogical.
00:16:10That's what I like about it.
00:16:15Am I completely nuts?
00:16:19Not completely.
00:16:22It's a good baseball field, Ray.
00:16:26It's kind of pretty, isn't it?
00:16:28Mmm-hmm.
00:16:51Any sign?
00:16:55Something's going to happen out there.
00:16:59I can feel it.
00:17:20So, for the veteran southpaw, his summer of woes continues.
00:17:24That's four straight hits in the inning.
00:17:26Daddy, what's a "southpaw"?
00:17:31It means a left-handed pitcher, honey.
00:17:35So how bad is it?
00:17:38Well, considering how much less acreage we have for corn,
00:17:42I say we'll probably
00:17:45almost break even.
00:17:51We used up all our savings on that field, Ray.
00:17:55Daddy?
00:17:56Just a minute, Karin.
00:18:02So what are you saying? We can't keep the field?
00:18:08Makes it real hard to keep the farm.
00:18:15Daddy.
00:18:16In a minute, Karin!
00:18:19There's a man out there on your lawn.
00:19:08I'll put up some coffee. Why don't you go on outside?
00:21:10Sorry.
00:21:15I'll get some out there.
00:21:48Hi.
00:21:51Ray Kinsella.
00:21:54Joe Jackson.
00:22:24I bet it's good to be playing again, huh?
00:22:34Getting thrown out of baseball
00:22:38was like having part of me amputated.
00:22:42I've heard that old men wake up
00:22:44and scratch itchy legs that have been dust for over 50 years.
00:22:50That was me.
00:22:53I'd wake up at night
00:22:56with the smell of the ballpark in my nose,
00:23:00with the cool of the grass on my feet,
00:23:05the thrill of the grass.
00:23:15Can you pitch?
00:23:18Yeah,
00:23:21not bad.
00:23:39Don't we need a catcher?
00:23:40Not if you get it near the plate.
00:23:44Right.
00:23:58I'm pitching to Shoeless Joe Jackson.
00:24:10Nice hit.
00:24:26See if you can hit my curve.
00:24:38You can hit the curve ball.
00:24:41Put one right here, huh?
00:24:44Right.
00:24:59Right, you're a low ball hitter.
00:25:02Man, I did love this game.
00:25:06I'd have played for food money.
00:25:10It was the game,
00:25:12the sounds, the smells.
00:25:16Did you ever hold a ball or a glove to your face?
00:25:22Yeah.
00:25:23I used to love traveling on the trains from town to town.
00:25:29The hotels,
00:25:31brass spittoons in the lobbies, brass beds in the rooms.
00:25:40It was the crowd,
00:25:43rising to their feet when the ball was hit deep.
00:25:50Shoot,
00:25:54I'd have played for nothing.
00:26:04It's my family.
00:26:09What's with the lights?
00:26:10Oh, all the stadiums have them now.
00:26:14Even Wrigley Field.
00:26:16It's harder to see the ball.
00:26:18The owners found that more people can attend night games.
00:26:22Owners.
00:26:37Mr. Jackson, this is my wife Annie and my daughter Karin.
00:26:41Ma'am. Hi.
00:26:44Are you a ghost?
00:26:47Karin.
00:26:49She's kidding.
00:26:50That's okay.
00:26:52What do you think?
00:26:55You look real to me.
00:26:57Then I guess I'm real.
00:26:59Would you like to come inside?
00:27:03Thanks. I don't think I can.
00:27:14Can I come back again?
00:27:17Yeah. I built this for you.
00:27:24There are others, you know.
00:27:28There were eight of us. It would really mean a lot to them.
00:27:32Yeah, anytime. They're all welcome here.
00:27:46Hey, is this heaven?
00:27:50No.
00:27:54It's lowa.
00:28:02Where's he going?
00:28:04I don't know.
00:28:18We're keeping this field.
00:28:21You bet your ass we are.
00:28:24You're going to lose your farm, pal.
00:28:27How can you lose something so big?
00:28:29He misplaced the house once. Yeah, but it turned up.
00:28:33Ray, come on. Ray? Ray?
00:28:36This stupid baseball field's going to bankrupt you.
00:28:39If you default on your loan, you're going to lose everything.
00:28:43My partners will give you a fair price.
00:28:46Thanks, Mark. Thanks, Mark, but no.
00:28:48No.
00:28:50What are you holding onto this place for?
00:28:52You never liked lowa.
00:28:54That's not true.
00:28:56You don't know the first thing about farming.
00:28:59I know a lot about farming. More than you think.
00:29:03Well, then how could you plow under your major crop?
00:29:07What's a crop?
00:29:11Come on. That is funny. What's a crop?
00:29:14Daddy, the baseball game is on.
00:29:17Excuse us.
00:29:27Annie, I don't believe this guy.
00:29:29I'm trying to bail him out, and he leaves to watch television.
00:29:33He used to be normal. Yeah.
00:30:11Buck!
00:30:12Whoa!
00:30:14All right.
00:30:20Hoy! Hoy! Hoy!
00:30:23All right! Home base!
00:30:27Watch Joe's feet.
00:30:29A good left fielder knows what pitch is coming.
00:30:34He can tell from the bat's angle which way the ball's heading.
00:30:40Show off!
00:30:42Stick it in your ear, Gandil.
00:30:44If you'd have run like that against Detroit, I'd have won 20 games!
00:30:49For Pete's sakes, Cicotte, that was 68 years ago.
00:30:52Give it up!
00:30:54Hey! You guys want to play ball or what?
00:30:58Muscle-bound jerk.
00:31:00At least I got muscles.
00:31:02At most you got muscles.
00:31:04Come on, asshole! Pitch!
00:31:06Weaver, be nice.
00:31:13Sorry, kid!
00:31:14It's okay. I don't mind.
00:31:17All right, Karin.
00:31:18Hey, hey, hey!
00:31:32Ray? Honey, Mom and everybody's leaving now.
00:31:36Okay.
00:31:38Oh, well, it was... You know.
00:31:41Thanks for coming.
00:31:44Ray, think about what I said. I'm just trying to help.
00:31:47I know.
00:31:49Thought you two were watching some game.
00:31:52It's not really a game. It's more like practice.
00:31:59There's only eight of them. They can't play a real game.
00:32:06Eight of what?
00:32:09Them.
00:32:13Who them? Them them.
00:32:16You don't see them?
00:32:18Karin, honey, what are you watching?
00:32:20The baseball men.
00:32:23Baseball men?
00:32:27Do you see the baseball men right now?
00:32:29Of course I do.
00:32:33What, you really don't see them?
00:32:36It's not very polite to try to make other people feel stupid.
00:32:41Mom, wait a minute. Mom! Wait a minute.
00:32:45Dee. Dee, wait. You don't see these people?
00:32:47It's not funny, Annie.
00:33:03They couldn't see it.
00:33:06This is really interesting.
00:33:12Hey, Ray, look at this.
00:33:14Sixty-eight years since I wore this uniform, still fits me like a glove.
00:33:19You must keep in pretty good shape.
00:33:22Now let's see, I died in '70.
00:33:24That means I haven't had a cigarette in 18 years.
00:33:29You don't smoke, do you?
00:33:30No.
00:33:31Karin! Ray! Dinner!
00:33:35"Ray, dinner." "Dinner, Ray."
00:33:38All right, all right.
00:33:40Come on. Let's hit the showers.
00:33:42See you later.
00:33:49See you, guys.
00:33:57I'm melting! I'm melting!
00:34:01Come on, you knucklehead.
00:34:04That is so cool.
00:34:11Ease his pain.
00:34:14What?
00:34:17I'm sorry. What? I didn't understand. What?
00:34:20Ease his pain.
00:34:23Ease his pain. What...
00:34:26What the hell does that mean, ease his pain?
00:34:29What pain? All right. Whose pain?
00:34:39Thanks a lot.
00:34:51Come on, honey, wash up. We got the PTA meeting after dinner.
00:34:55Talking about banning books again, really subversive books,
00:34:58like The Wizard of Oz, Diary of Anne Frank.
00:35:01What happened to you?
00:35:03The voice is back.
00:35:04You don't have to build a football field, do you?
00:35:08He said, "Ease his pain."
00:35:11Ease whose pain?
00:35:12I asked him. He wouldn't say.
00:35:14Shoeless Joe's?
00:35:16I don't think so.
00:35:18One of the other players?
00:35:19I don't think so.
00:35:21This is a very nonspecific voice out there, and he's starting to piss me off.
00:35:28I was having a fun day today, a good day.
00:35:31Want a fry?
00:35:38And I say, smut and filth like this has
00:35:41no place in our schools.
00:35:48Fascist. I'd like to ease her pain.
00:35:51Mrs. Kessinik, Mrs. Kessinik.
00:35:53That book you're waving about is hardly smut.
00:35:57It's considered by many critics to be the classic novel about the 1960s.
00:36:01It's pornography!
00:36:03No, no. The Supreme Court says it's not.
00:36:06And it's author, Mr. Mann... ls sick!
00:36:09Terence Mann is a Pulitzer Prize winner.
00:36:11He's widely regarded as the finest satirist of his time.
00:36:15He's a pervert!
00:36:17Probably a Communist, too!
00:36:20What planet are these people from?
00:36:22Mr. Harris, the so-called novels of Terence Mann
00:36:26endorse promiscuity, godlessness,
00:36:29the mongrelization of the races,
00:36:31and disrespect to high-ranking officers of the United States Army.
00:36:37And that's why right-thinking school boards all across the country
00:36:41having been banning this man's S-H-l-T
00:36:44since 1969.
00:36:49Terence Mann?
00:36:55You know why he stopped writing books. Because he masturbates.
00:37:01Excuse me, madam.
00:37:04Excuse me.
00:37:08Terence Mann was a warm, gentle voice of reason
00:37:11during a time of great madness.
00:37:15He coined the phrase, "Make love, not war."
00:37:19While other people were chanting, "Burn, baby, burn,"
00:37:22he was talking about love and peace and understanding.
00:37:26I cherished his books, and I dearly wish he had written more.
00:37:31Maybe if you had experienced even a little bit of the '60s,
00:37:36you might feel the same way, too.
00:37:40I experienced the '60s.
00:37:44No, you had two '50s and moved right on into the '70s.
00:37:48Annie, look at this.
00:37:50Your husband plowed under his corn and built a baseball field.
00:37:56Now, there's an intelligent response.
00:38:00The weirdo.
00:38:03Annie... Honey, it's all right. I'll be cool.
00:38:07At least he is not a book burner, you Nazi cow.
00:38:14At least I'm not married to the biggest horse's ass in three counties.
00:38:18All right, Beulah, do you want to step outside?
00:38:21Fine!
00:38:23Annie.
00:38:25All right, honey. I've got a better idea.
00:38:28Let's take a vote. Who's for Eva Braun?
00:38:32Who wants to burn books?
00:38:34Who wants to spit on the Constitution of the United States of America? Anybody?
00:38:46All right. Now, who's for the Bill of Rights?
00:38:49Who thinks freedom is a pretty darn good thing?
00:38:53Come on! Come on! Let's see those hands!
00:39:00Who thinks we have to stand up to the kind of censorship
00:39:03they had under Stalin?
00:39:20All right. There you go. America, I love you. I'm proud of you.
00:39:24Let's go. We got to go.
00:39:26This is great!
00:39:29I figured it out. I figured it out.
00:39:33Was that great, or what? I figured it out.
00:39:35It's just like the '60s again! I just figured it out.
00:39:38"Step outside, you Nazi cow."
00:39:40I know whose pain I'm supposed to ease.
00:39:42What? I know whose pain I'm supposed to ease.
00:39:44I just halted the spread of neofascism in America...
00:39:48Terence Mann. What about him?
00:39:50That's whose pain. You sure?
00:39:52I was right about building the field, wasn't I?
00:39:56Well, what's his pain? I don't know.
00:39:57How are you supposed to ease it? I don't know.
00:39:59Ray. Well, Ann...
00:40:01Look, he's my favorite writer, too,
00:40:04but what's Terence Mann got to do with baseball?
00:40:35Annie, it's incredible. By the early '70s,
00:40:38Mann decides people have become either too extremist
00:40:40or too apathetic to listen.
00:40:42So he stops writing books,
00:40:45he starts writing poetry about whales,
00:40:48and then he starts fooling around with a computer.
00:40:52Know what he does now?
00:40:53He writes software for interactive children's videos.
00:40:56They teach kids how to resolve their conflicts peacefully.
00:41:00God, what an amazing guy.
00:41:02What's that got to do with baseball?
00:41:04In the April 1962 issue of Jet Magazine,
00:41:06there's a story called "This ls Not A Kite."
00:41:09it's not his best work,
00:41:11but the story's hero
00:41:15is named John Kinsella, my father.
00:41:17Wow.
00:41:18What do you mean, "Wow"?
00:41:20Big wow! What's it got to do with baseball?
00:41:24You drive.
00:41:31Okay, the last interview he ever gave was in 1973.
00:41:34Guess what it's about.
00:41:35Some kind of team sport.
00:41:37Mann was a baseball fanatic. Listen to this.
00:41:40"My earliest recurring dream was to play at Ebbets Field
00:41:44"with Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
00:41:46"It never happened. The Dodgers left Brooklyn.
00:41:49"Ebbets Field is gone, but I still dream that dream."
00:41:54That's sad.
00:41:58The man wrote the best books of his generation.
00:42:02He was a pioneer in the civil rights and the antiwar movement.
00:42:05I mean, he made the cover of Newsweek.
00:42:07He knew everybody. He did everything. He helped shape his time.
00:42:12The guy hung out with the Beatles.
00:42:14It wasn't enough. What he missed was baseball.
00:42:17Oh, my God! What?
00:42:19"As a small boy, he had a bat named Rosebud."
00:42:22Give me that. Sorry.
00:42:24The guy hasn't been to a baseball game since 1958.
00:42:28So, in order to ease his pain, you're supposed to take him to a ballgame.
00:42:32Yes.
00:42:34Ray, this is nuttier than building the baseball field.
00:42:37No. No, it's not.
00:42:39It's pretty weird, but building the field was 5, 10% weirder.
00:42:43I'm going to have to nip this one in the bud.
00:42:45We're having moderate-to-heavy financial difficulties here.
00:42:49And you can't take off for Boston while we're going broke in lowa.
00:42:52This is really new territory for us,
00:42:55but we're dealing with primal forces of nature.
00:42:57The prudent thing is not to quibble over details.
00:43:01Yeah, but why do you have to go? Why can't the voice send somebody else?
00:43:06How about Shirley MacLaine? Is she too busy?
00:43:09What does this have to do with you?
00:43:11That's what I have to find out.
00:43:13Ray, we are behind on the mortgage. That field ate up all of our savings.
00:43:18We could lose this farm.
00:43:19I won't even stay in motels. I'll sleep in the car. I'll beg for food.
00:43:23No. No! Now, this is too much!
00:43:28Now, look. I understand your need to prove to yourself and to the world
00:43:32you are not turning into your father, but you've done it.
00:43:34You believed in the magic. It happened. Isn't that enough?
00:43:38It's more than that. I know this is totally nuts,
00:43:41but there's another reason I'm supposed to do it.
00:43:44I feel it as strongly as I've felt anything.
00:43:47There's a reason.
00:43:48What? Just tell me what it is.
00:43:51Something's going to happen at the game.
00:43:53There's something at Fenway Park.
00:43:55I got to be there with Terence Mann to find it out.
00:43:59Is Fenway the one with the big green wall in left field?
00:44:04Yeah.
00:44:07I dreamt last night you were at Fenway with Terence Mann.
00:44:11Was I sitting on the first base side? Yes.
00:44:14About halfway up on the aisle?
00:44:16Yeah. Eating a hot dog. Eating a hot dog.
00:44:19I had the same dream.
00:44:21I'll help you pack.
00:44:49Hi, I'm...
00:44:51Hi, I'm Ray Kinsella.
00:44:53Hi. No.
00:44:54Hi.
00:44:56Hi, I'm Ray Kinsella. It's a great pleasure to finally get to...
00:44:59Hi, I'm Ray Kinsella. I'm a big fan of yours.
00:45:02Hi.
00:45:07How do you do, Mr. Mann?
00:45:09I have to take you to a base...
00:45:12All right, stupid, put your hands up and get in the trunk.
00:45:16Good. Good.
00:45:20He lives right around here. Do you know him?
00:45:24He's sort of a tall black man. I'm a friend of his.
00:45:27If he was much of a friend, he could give you the directions himself.
00:45:35That's a good point. Thank you.
00:45:39I don't know where he lives. Get away from me!
00:45:43I ain't going to tell you nothing.
00:45:45Go away! You're a pest!
00:45:52Two blocks down, right-hand side.
00:45:54First door that don't have a chicken in the window is his.
00:45:58No chicken.
00:46:44Who the hell are you?
00:46:49Sir, my name's Ray Kinsella.
00:47:11We got a learning disability here?
00:47:13If I could just have one minute, please.
00:47:15Look, I can't tell you the secret of life,
00:47:18and I don't have any answers for you.
00:47:20I don't give interviews, and I'm no longer a public figure.
00:47:24I just want to be left alone, so piss off.
00:47:28Wait! Wait!
00:47:30Look, I've come 1,500 miles to see you
00:47:33at the risk of losing my home and alienating my wife.
00:47:37All I'm asking is one minute.
00:47:40Please.
00:47:45One minute.
00:47:56Okay, I understand your desire for privacy,
00:48:00and I wouldn't dream of intruding if this weren't extremely important.
00:48:03Oh, God. I don't do causes anymore.
00:48:07This isn't a cause.
00:48:09I don't need money or an endorsement.
00:48:11Refreshing.
00:48:13You once wrote,
00:48:14"There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place
00:48:18"and the universe opens itself up for a few seconds
00:48:21"to show you what's possible."
00:48:24Oh, my God!
00:48:26What?
00:48:27You're from the '60s.
00:48:29Well, yeah. Actually...
00:48:32Out! Hey!
00:48:33Back to the '60s.
00:48:35No place for you here in the future. Get back while you still can!
00:48:42You've changed, you know that?
00:48:44Yes, I suppose I have.
00:48:46How about this? Peace, love, dope. Now get the hell out of here!
00:49:34You've really pissed me off.
00:49:38Hold it.
00:49:40I was hoping I wouldn't have to do it this way.
00:49:42What the hell is that?
00:49:44It's a gun.
00:49:45It's your finger.
00:49:46No, it's a gun.
00:49:48Let me see it.
00:49:49I'm not going to show you my gun.
00:49:52I'm not going to hurt you. I need you to come with...
00:49:57What are you doing?
00:49:58I'll beat you with a crowbar until you go away.
00:50:01Whoa! Wait! You can't do that.
00:50:03There are rules here? Oh, no. There are no rules here.
00:50:08You're a pacifist!
00:50:15Shit.
00:50:16Thank you. Thank you.
00:50:20So what? You kidnapping me? What's the deal here?
00:50:24I was...
00:50:28I was hoping I could just convince you to come with me.
00:50:31So you are kidnapping me?
00:50:33I have to take you to a baseball game.
00:50:37You what?
00:50:39Tonight's game. Red Sox, A's.
00:50:41Why?
00:50:44Something will happen there.
00:50:46I don't know what, but we'll find out when it does.
00:50:52My name's Ray Kinsella.
00:50:53You used my father's name for a character in one of your stories.
00:50:57John Kinsella.
00:50:59You're seeing a whole team of psychiatrists, aren't you?
00:51:01I don't blame you for thinking that, but, no, I'm not.
00:51:07I swear to God, I'm the least crazy person I've ever known.
00:51:11Why are you kidnapping me to a baseball game?
00:51:15May I...
00:51:16Oh, please.
00:51:18Want a cup of coffee?
00:51:20No.
00:51:22Want some cookies?
00:51:25No.
00:51:28I read an interview you gave a long time ago
00:51:31about how you always dreamed of playing at Ebbets Field
00:51:33and how sad you felt when they tore it down.
00:51:36I never said that.
00:51:39You didn't?
00:51:40I don't even recall thinking that.
00:51:46This is so weird.
00:51:51This whole...
00:51:54This whole thing is so weird.
00:51:58Then why go through with it?
00:52:04It's a long story.
00:52:10But it's a really good story.
00:52:12I'll tell you on the way.
00:52:15I'm not going to get rid of you, am I?
00:52:17Come to this game. I'll never bother you again, not even...
00:52:22Not even a Christmas card.
00:52:33So what do you do with yourself these days?
00:52:35I live, I work.
00:52:37I learned how to cook.
00:52:39I take walks and watch sunsets.
00:52:43Don't you miss being involved?
00:52:46I was the East Coast distributor of involved.
00:52:50I ate it and drank it and breathed it.
00:52:52Then they killed Martin and Bobby,
00:52:56they elected Tricky Dick twice,
00:52:58and now people like you think
00:53:00I must be miserable because I'm not involved anymore.
00:53:02I've got news for you.
00:53:05I spent all my misery years ago.
00:53:07I have no more pain left for any of you.
00:53:10I gave at the office.
00:53:13So what do you want?
00:53:15I want them to stop looking to me for answers,
00:53:18begging me to speak again, write again, be a leader.
00:53:22I want them to start thinking for themselves.
00:53:24I want my privacy.
00:53:27No, I meant what do you want?
00:53:35Oh.
00:53:37Dog and a beer.
00:53:41Two.
00:53:4210 bucks.
00:53:45Okay, I understand.
00:53:46You should be entitled to as much privacy as you want,
00:53:49but why stop writing?
00:53:52I haven't published a word in 17 years,
00:53:54and still I have to endure lunatics like you.
00:53:57What do you think would happen if I suddenly came out with a new book?
00:54:01They'd bleed me dry.
00:54:17Go the distance.
00:54:27Go the distance.
00:54:49What's the matter?
00:54:55You didn't see that?
00:54:56See what?
00:55:04I'm sorry. I guess you didn't have to be here.
00:55:07What?
00:55:11Whenever you want to go, we can go.
00:55:14Fine. Let's go.
00:56:02What is it you're not telling me?
00:56:06I've already taken up too much of your time.
00:56:21I wish I had your passion, Ray.
00:56:23Misdirected though it might be, it is still a passion.
00:56:27I used to feel that way about things, but...
00:56:33You got another message, didn't you?
00:56:36You'll think I'm crazy.
00:56:37I already think you're crazy.
00:56:39What did it say?
00:56:44It said, "The man's done enough. Leave him alone."
00:57:07"Moonlight" Graham.
00:57:10You saw it.
00:57:11Saw what?
00:57:13You saw it. New York Giants, 1922.
00:57:16He played one game. He never got to bat.
00:57:19What did I see? Chisholm, Minnesota.
00:57:22We were the only ones who saw it. Did you hear the voice, too?
00:57:26It's what told me to find you. Did you hear it?
00:57:32"Go the distance"?
00:57:35Yes. Do you know what it means?
00:57:38Yes.
00:57:39What?
00:57:40It means we're going to Minnesota to find "Moonlight" Graham.
00:57:43We're going... We?
00:57:45I must be out of my mind.
00:57:47What do we do when we find him?
00:57:49How the hell am I supposed to know?
00:57:52That's right. You're right. You're right.
00:57:55This is so bitching.
00:57:57I don't believe I'm doing this.
00:58:17Hey, Annie, guess what? I'm with Terence Mann.
00:58:20Oh, my God. You kidnapped him.
00:58:22No, I didn't. He wanted to.
00:58:25Sorry, but I'm going to be a few days longer.
00:58:28We're going to Minnesota. I don't believe this.
00:58:31What's in Minnesota?
00:58:33An old ballplayer. I'll explain when I get home.
00:58:36How are things with you?
00:58:38Fine.
00:58:39Great. Look, Ann, I got to go, okay?
00:58:42Give Karin a hug for me,
00:58:45and I love you.
00:58:46I love you, too.
00:58:48Hey, someday explain all this to me, okay?
00:58:51I'll try.
00:58:52Bye-bye.
00:58:54Bye.
00:59:02Why didn't you tell him?
00:59:06Annie, you got no choice in the matter.
00:59:14Half a dozen Grahams.
00:59:16No Archibald. No "Moonlight."
00:59:20Follow me.
00:59:33Hello.
00:59:36Excuse me. Maybe you can help us.
00:59:38We're looking for an ex-baseball player named Archibald Graham.
00:59:42Oh, you mean Doc Graham.
00:59:43No. I think his nickname was "Moonlight."
00:59:46Well, that's Dr. Graham.
00:59:47Dr. Graham?
00:59:49His baseball career never amounted to much.
00:59:51He went back to school.
00:59:53His father was a doctor.
00:59:55Do you know where we can find him?
00:59:56It's nothing bad. We're not from the IRS.
01:00:01Doc Graham is dead.
01:00:03He died in 1972.
01:00:08"And there were times when children could not afford
01:00:10"eyeglasses or milk or clothing.
01:00:13"Yet, no child was ever denied these essentials
01:00:16"because, in the background, there was always Dr. Graham.
01:00:19"Without any fanfare or publicity,
01:00:21"the glasses or the milk or the ticket to the ballgame
01:00:25"found their way into the child's pocket."
01:00:29You wrote that.
01:00:31The day he died.
01:00:32Can I see that?
01:00:34You're a good writer.
01:00:35So are you.
01:00:43Something's missing.
01:00:46Well, he sounds like he was a wonderful man.
01:00:50Half the towns in North America have a Doc Graham.
01:00:54What makes this one so special we travel across the country to find him
01:00:5816 years after he died?
01:01:01There's got to be more.
01:01:09What else?
01:01:11He always wore an overcoat,
01:01:13he had white hair,
01:01:15and he always carried an umbrella.
01:01:17What was the umbrella for?
01:01:19It got to be a habit, something to hang on to.
01:01:22He said he used it to beat away his lady admirers.
01:01:27Tell me about his wife.
01:01:29Alicia.
01:01:32She moved to South Carolina after Doc passed.
01:01:37She passed a couple years later.
01:01:40She always wore blue.
01:01:44The shopkeepers in town would stock blue hats
01:01:48because they knew if Doc walked by, he'd buy one.
01:01:55When they cleaned out his office,
01:01:58they found boxes of blue hats
01:02:03that he never got around to give her.
01:02:06I'll bet you didn't know that.
01:02:08No, I didn't.
01:02:13No screwing, no drinking, no opium, no midnight abortions,
01:02:19no illegitimate children,
01:02:22no shady finances.
01:02:24You sound disappointed.
01:02:27Shoeless Joe had a problem. That's why he needed you.
01:02:31This guy doesn't need us.
01:02:33Terence.
01:02:37Do you know you're missing?
01:02:43Oh, God.
01:02:46"His father, who lives in Baltimore,
01:02:49"notified police after receiving no answer to repeated telephone calls."
01:02:53Shoot.
01:02:55I better call him.
01:02:56You want me to...
01:02:58Thanks.
01:03:06I'm taking a walk. Be back in a while.
01:03:14What do I tell him?
01:03:44"This year's"?
01:04:27Dr. Graham?
01:04:43My name's Ray Kinsella. I'm from lowa.
01:04:49Are you "Moonlight" Graham?
01:04:56No one's called me "Moonlight" Graham in 50 years.
01:05:02Well, I've come a very long way to see you.
01:05:04I couldn't sleep tonight. Usually I sleep like a baby.
01:05:08I told Alicia I was taking a walk.
01:05:12Do you mind if I join you?
01:05:15I'd like to talk to you.
01:05:17Let's walk over to my office.
01:05:21What do you want to talk to me about?
01:05:23When you got to the majors, you played only one inning of one game.
01:05:27What happened that inning?
01:05:30It was the last day of the season,
01:05:33bottom of the eighth, we were way ahead.
01:05:35In three weeks, I hadn't seen any action.
01:05:40Suddenly old John McGraw points a bony finger in my direction
01:05:43and he says, "Right field."
01:05:46I jumped up like I was sitting on a spring,
01:05:49grabbed my glove, and ran out on the field.
01:05:56Did you get to make a play?
01:05:58They never hit the ball out of the infield.
01:06:02The game ended. The season was over.
01:06:06I knew they'd send me back down.
01:06:09I couldn't bear the thought of another year in the minors.
01:06:12So I decided to hang them up.
01:06:17Go on. Sit down.
01:06:19Thank you.
01:06:22So what was that like?
01:06:26It was like coming this close to your dreams,
01:06:30then watch them brush past you, like a stranger in a crowd.
01:06:34Then, you don't think about it.
01:06:36We just don't recognize life's most significant moments
01:06:39while they're happening.
01:06:40Back then I thought, "Well, there'll be other days."
01:06:44I didn't realize that that was the only day.
01:06:48And now, I want to ask you a question.
01:06:53What's so interesting about half an inning that you'd come from lowa
01:06:57to talk to me about it 50 years after it happened?
01:07:02I didn't really know till just now,
01:07:05but I think it's to ask you if you could do anything you wanted,
01:07:09if you could have a wish...
01:07:16And you're the kind of a man who could grant me that wish?
01:07:20I don't know. I'm just asking.
01:07:25Well, you know,
01:07:27I never got to bat in the major leagues.
01:07:29I'd have liked to have had that chance, just once,
01:07:32to stare down a big-league pitcher.
01:07:35Then just as he goes into his windup, wink.
01:07:40Make him think you know something he doesn't.
01:07:42That's what I wish for.
01:07:44The chance to squint at a sky so blue it hurts your eyes to look at it,
01:07:48to feel the tingle in your arms as you connect with the ball,
01:07:51run bases, stretching a double into a triple and flop face first into third,
01:07:56wrap your arms around the bag.
01:07:59That's my wish. That's my wish.
01:08:04Is there enough magic out there in the moonlight
01:08:07to make this dream come true?
01:08:10What would you say if I said yes?
01:08:14I think I'd actually believe you.
01:08:17There's a place where things like that happen.
01:08:20If you want to go, I can take you.
01:08:27This is my most special place in all the world.
01:08:31Once a place touches you like this, the wind never blows so cold again.
01:08:36You feel for it, like it was your child.
01:08:42I can't leave Chisholm.
01:08:44I understand. I do.
01:08:49But I really think you're supposed to come with us.
01:08:54No.
01:08:59But your wish?
01:09:01It'll have to stay a wish.
01:09:03I was born here, I lived here, I'll die here, but no regrets.
01:09:09Fifty years ago, for 5 minutes you came this close.
01:09:13It would kill some men
01:09:15to get that close to their dream and not touch it.
01:09:19God. They'd consider it a tragedy.
01:09:21If I'd only gotten to be a doctor for five minutes,
01:09:25now that would have been a tragedy.
01:09:31I better be getting home. Alicia will think I got a girlfriend.
01:09:37And he smiled.
01:09:40And then I figured, maybe we're not supposed to take him with us.
01:09:45I don't know.
01:09:49I don't know why in the hell we were supposed to come here.
01:09:52Maybe it's to find out if one inning can change the world.
01:09:56Think it did?
01:09:58Did for these people.
01:09:59If he'd gotten a hit, he might have stayed in baseball.
01:10:04I don't know.
01:10:06Oh, your wife called. She wants you to call her tonight.
01:10:15Ray?
01:10:18I'm fine. I'm just so glad it's you.
01:10:21Listen, I talked to the bank,
01:10:25and I asked them if we could miss a payment or two,
01:10:28and they told me that they had just sold the note on the farm
01:10:33to Mark and his partners.
01:10:37Right. So they own the paper now.
01:10:39He says if we don't sell to them, they're going to foreclose.
01:10:43Ray, we don't have the money.
01:10:48Look, I've got to take Mr. Mann back to Boston first.
01:10:52Okay? So, it's...
01:10:53No.
01:10:55Wait a second.
01:10:57I'm going to lowa with you.
01:11:03We're coming home.
01:11:08Hell, I can't quit now. I got to see this ballpark.
01:11:12Not everyone can see it. You might not.
01:11:16Give it a try.
01:11:24I need all the karma I can get right now.
01:11:32Thanks. You're the first car by.
01:11:34How far you going?
01:11:37Iowa.
01:11:38If it's okay, I'll just ride along a while. I play baseball.
01:11:44Hop in. All right.
01:11:55I'm looking for a place to play.
01:11:56I heard that all through the Midwest, they have towns with teams.
01:12:00In some places, they'll find you a day job
01:12:04so you can play ball nights and weekends.
01:12:06It's your lucky day. We're going someplace kind of like that.
01:12:12All right.
01:12:13I'm Ray Kinsella. This is Terence Mann.
01:12:16Hi.
01:12:18I'm Archie Graham.
01:12:32It's funny the way he described towns finding you a job
01:12:35so you could play on their team.
01:12:38They haven't done that for years.
01:12:40Dad did that for a while, but that was in the '20s.
01:12:45What happened to your father?
01:12:47He never made it as a ballplayer. He wanted his son to make it for him.
01:12:52By 10, playing baseball got to be like eating vegetables or taking out garbage.
01:12:58When I was 14, I started to refuse.
01:13:02Can you believe that?
01:13:04American boy refusing to have a catch with his father?
01:13:08Why 14?
01:13:11That's when I read The Boat Rocker by Terence Mann.
01:13:14Oh, God.
01:13:15I never played catch with him again.
01:13:17That's the crap people always lay on me.
01:13:19It's not my fault you wouldn't play catch with him.
01:13:22I know.
01:13:26Anyway, when I was 17,
01:13:29I packed my things, said something awful, and left.
01:13:33After a while, I wanted to come home, but I didn't know how.
01:13:38Made it back for the funeral, though.
01:13:51What was the awful thing you said?
01:13:55To your father?
01:13:58Oh.
01:14:00I said I could never respect a man whose hero was a criminal.
01:14:06Who was his hero?
01:14:08Shoeless Joe Jackson.
01:14:12You knew he wasn't a criminal.
01:14:15Then why did you say it?
01:14:19I was 17.
01:14:24The son of a bitch died before I could take it back.
01:14:29Before I could tell him,
01:14:32you know.
01:14:36He never met my wife.
01:14:40He never saw his granddaughter.
01:14:44This is your penance.
01:14:46I know.
01:14:48I can't bring my father back.
01:14:50So the least you can do is bring back his hero.
01:14:55Well...
01:14:59Now I know what everybody's purpose here is,
01:15:03except mine.
01:15:10Hey.
01:15:36Daddy!
01:15:38Karin, come here.
01:15:43Hi!
01:15:44Oh, we missed you.
01:15:46Are you, okay?
01:15:48Yeah. This is Terence Mann.
01:15:50Terry.
01:15:51Welcome.
01:15:52Hi, Terry.
01:15:54And this young fella is...This is Archie Graham.
01:15:58Archie.
01:16:00He's come to practice with the team.
01:16:01He'll be able to do a lot more than that.
01:16:05What does that mean?
01:16:13What do you say? What do you say?
01:16:16Hey, Ray. Welcome back.
01:16:20Thanks, Joe.
01:16:21Oh, my God.
01:16:22What?
01:16:23That's Shoeless Joe Jackson.
01:16:25Of course it is.
01:16:27You didn't believe me?
01:16:28I thought I did, but...
01:16:30Oh, my God.
01:16:33Hi, Annie. Hi, Joe.
01:16:35Good to see you.
01:16:37Terry, I'd like you to meet Shoeless Joe Jackson.
01:16:41Joe, Terry Mann.
01:16:44It's a pleasure meeting you.
01:16:45The pleasure's mine.
01:16:47We got tired of just having practices,
01:16:51so we brought another team out so we'd have some real games.
01:16:55I don't mind.
01:16:57Where'd they come from?
01:16:58Where did we come from?
01:17:00So many wanted to play here. We had to beat them off with a stick.
01:17:04Hey, that's Smokey Joe Wood
01:17:07and Mel Ott
01:17:09and Gil Hodges.
01:17:11Ty Cobb wanted to play.
01:17:13Nobody could stand him when we were alive.
01:17:15We told him to stick it.
01:17:20Hey, are you Graham?
01:17:24Yes, sir.
01:17:25Why are you on the sidelines? Came to play ball, didn't you?
01:17:29Yes, sir.
01:17:32All right. Well, go warm up.
01:17:34Yes, sir.
01:17:38Rookies.
01:17:40Unbelievable.
01:17:43It's more than that.
01:17:46It's perfect.
01:18:00- Ho! - Safe!
01:18:11Go, Graham! Go, kid!
01:18:14Come on, Archie!
01:18:15He looks like a baby next to those guys.
01:18:18He is.
01:18:23Let's get a hit.
01:18:27Let's go.
01:18:32Oh!
01:18:34Watch it, boy!
01:18:37Say hey!
01:18:39Don't let him shake you up. Hang in there!
01:18:41Knuckles, what did you throw at the kid for?
01:18:45He winked at me.
01:18:47Don't wink, kid.
01:18:50Good thing for you he didn't throw the fastball.
01:18:57Let's see that fastball.
01:18:59Let's go. Come on.
01:19:03- Yeah! - Ball.
01:19:05Hey, ump! Come on. Give us a break!
01:19:09Hey, ump.
01:19:11How about a warning? Sure.
01:19:14Watch out you don't get killed.
01:19:16Time!
01:19:21Those first two were high and tight.
01:19:23What will the next one be?
01:19:26Well, either low and away or in my ear.
01:19:31He won't want to load the bases. So look for low and away.
01:19:34All right.
01:19:37But watch out for in your ear.
01:19:41- Come on, Archie! - Let's go, kid!
01:19:42Batter, batter, batter, batter!
01:19:44Come on, Arch. It just takes one.
01:19:47Never hit it, kid.
01:19:59Yeah. Yeah.
01:20:00That's deep enough.
01:20:02Go! Go!
01:20:04Go home!
01:20:07Safe!
01:20:08Son of a...
01:20:09Way to go, Arch! Way to go!
01:20:12Attaboy, Arch!
01:20:15This is the wave!
01:20:18- Way to go, man! - Yeah, Archie.
01:20:21All right.
01:20:22That's what we needed.
01:20:24Way to go.
01:20:25Yeah. Way to go.
01:21:00What is this?
01:21:03What is this jerk doing?
01:21:04Hi!
01:21:06Shit!
01:21:07Wreck him.
01:21:08Let me at him!
01:21:09You're interrupting the game, Mark.
01:21:12Ray, it's time to put away your little fantasies
01:21:16and come down to Earth.
01:21:17It's not a fantasy. They're real.
01:21:19Who is real?
01:21:21Shoeless Joe Jackson, the White Sox, all of them.
01:21:25You mean?
01:21:26He can't see any of them.
01:21:29Well, who is this, Elvis?
01:21:32Ray.
01:21:34As a matter of fact, it's Terence Mann.
01:21:36How do you do? I'm the Easter bunny.
01:21:39Let's settle this thing now. You have no money.
01:21:41Look. I'm not selling. You have no money!
01:21:44You have a stack of bills! Come fall, you got no crop to sell.
01:21:49I have a deal that allows you to stay on the land.
01:21:52We don't have to sell the farm.
01:21:56You'll live in the house rent-free.
01:21:59What about the team?
01:22:00Do you realize how much this land is worth?
01:22:02Yeah. Yeah.
01:22:062,200 bucks an acre.
01:22:08We can't keep a useless baseball diamond in rich farmland.
01:22:12Read my lips. We're staying, all right? We're staying.
01:22:15Ray, you're bankrupt!
01:22:17I'm offering you a way to keep your home because I love my sister.
01:22:20My partners don't care and are ready to foreclose.
01:22:25Daddy, we don't have to sell the farm.
01:22:28Karin, please!
01:22:29Just wait!
01:22:31Wait!
01:22:34People will come.
01:22:37What people, sweetheart?
01:22:39From all over.
01:22:41They'll just decide to take a vacation, see?
01:22:44And they'll come to lowa City.
01:22:46They'll think it's really boring. So they'll want to pay us.
01:22:51Like buying a ticket.
01:22:56You're not seriously listening to this, are you?
01:22:59Yes.
01:23:01Wait a minute.
01:23:02Why would anybody pay money to come here?
01:23:05To watch the games.
01:23:07It will be just like when they were little kids a long time ago.
01:23:12They'll watch the game and remember what it was like.
01:23:15What the hell is she talking about?
01:23:18People will come.
01:23:19All right. This is fascinating,
01:23:22but you don't have the money to bring the mortgage up to date.
01:23:26You're still going to have to sell.
01:23:29I'm sorry, Ray.
01:23:31We got no choice.
01:23:36Ray.
01:23:38People will come, Ray.
01:23:42They'll come to lowa for reasons they can't even fathom.
01:23:46They'll turn up your driveway, not knowing for sure why they're doing it.
01:23:50They'll arrive at your door
01:23:52as innocent as children, longing for the past.
01:23:56"Of course, we won't mind if you look around," you'll say.
01:24:01"It's only $20 per person."
01:24:04They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it.
01:24:07For it is money they have and peace they lack.
01:24:10Just sign the papers.
01:24:13Then they'll walk out to the bleachers
01:24:17and sit in their shirt sleeves on a perfect afternoon.
01:24:23They'll find they have reserved seats
01:24:26somewhere along one of the baselines,
01:24:30where they sat when they were children
01:24:32and cheered their heroes,
01:24:35and they'll watch the game,
01:24:37and it will be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters.
01:24:41The memories will be so thick,
01:24:44they'll have to brush them away from their faces.
01:24:47Ray, when the bank opens in the morning, they'll foreclose.
01:24:51People will come, Ray.
01:24:53You're broke, Ray. You sell now, or you lose everything.
01:24:58The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.
01:25:03America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers.
01:25:07It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again.
01:25:12But baseball has marked the time.
01:25:17This field, this game.
01:25:20It's a part of our past, Ray.
01:25:23It reminds us of all that once was good,
01:25:28and it could be again.
01:25:31Oh, people will come, Ray.
01:25:36People will most definitely come.
01:25:39Ray, you will lose everything.
01:25:43You will be evicted.
01:25:56Come on, Ray.
01:26:18I'm not signing.
01:26:20You're crazy. Absolutely nuts!
01:26:23I can't do it, pal.
01:26:24I mean, you build a baseball field
01:26:28in the middle of nowhere, and you stare at nothing.
01:26:31It's not nothing. Your daughter's turned into a space case.
01:26:34Get your hands off her!
01:26:38Karin?
01:26:44Is she all right? Is she breathing?
01:26:47Should I get the car?
01:26:54I'm going to call Emergency.
01:26:57Annie, wait.
01:26:59What?
01:27:18Just wait.
01:27:38What have we got here?
01:27:39She fell.
01:27:48This child's choking to death. Get her up.
01:27:52Hold her steady now.
01:27:59Hot dog. Stuck in her throat.
01:28:03She'll be all right.
01:28:04She'll be turning handsprings before you know it.
01:28:12Thank you, Doc.
01:28:15No, son.
01:28:16Thank you.
01:28:21Oh, my God. You can't go back.
01:28:23Hey, it's all right.
01:28:25I'm sorry. It's all right.
01:28:32I best be getting on home
01:28:34before Alicia begins to think I got a girlfriend.
01:28:43Hey, Doc.
01:28:45Good work, Doc.
01:28:48Nice going, Doc.
01:28:53Going to miss you, Doc.
01:28:57Win one for me one day, will you, boys?
01:28:59Okay, Doc.
01:29:01Yeah.
01:29:09When did these ballplayers get here?
01:29:17Hey, rookie!
01:29:31You were good.
01:29:46Do not sell this farm, Ray. You got to keep this farm.
01:29:50You've had a rough day. Go inside and get something cold to drink.
01:29:55Yeah. That's a good idea.
01:29:59Don't sell the farm, Ray.
01:30:10Ray?
01:30:12We're going to call it a day.
01:30:14See you tomorrow.
01:30:16Okay.
01:30:21Hey, do you want to come with us?
01:30:28You mean it?
01:30:29No, not you.
01:30:32Him.
01:30:36Him? Come with you?
01:30:39Out there.
01:30:40What is out there?
01:30:41Come and find out.
01:30:43Wait a second. Why him?
01:30:44I built this field. You wouldn't be here if it weren't for me.
01:30:47Ray, I'm unattached. You have a family.
01:30:49I want to know what's out there.
01:30:53But you're not invited.
01:30:56Not invited? What do you mean I'm not invited?
01:30:59That's my corn out there. You guys are guests in my corn.
01:31:03I've done everything I've been asked to do.
01:31:05I didn't understand it, but I've done it.
01:31:07I haven't once asked what's in it for me.
01:31:09What are you saying?
01:31:10I'm saying, "What's in it for me?"
01:31:14Is that why you did this?
01:31:16For you?
01:31:23I think you'd better stay here, Ray.
01:31:29Why?
01:31:32There's a reason they chose me,
01:31:35just as there's a reason they chose this field.
01:31:39I gave that interview.
01:31:40What interview? What are you talking about?
01:31:43The one about Ebbets Field, the one that sent you to Boston to find me.
01:31:50You lied to me.
01:31:51You were kidnapping me at the time. You lied.
01:31:54You said your finger was a gun.
01:31:59That's a good point.
01:32:01Ray.
01:32:07Listen to me, Ray. Listen to me.
01:32:11There is something out there,
01:32:14and if I have the courage to go through with this,
01:32:17what a story it'll make.
01:32:21"Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to lowa."
01:32:33What? Are you going to write about it?
01:32:35You bet I'll write about it.
01:32:37You're going to write about it.
01:32:40That's what I do.
01:32:45Good.
01:33:01Honey?
01:33:07Honey, where's he going?
01:33:09Terry's been invited to go out with the others.
01:33:12How are you feeling, sweetheart?
01:33:14Stupid.
01:33:15You mean out?
01:33:17Yeah.
01:33:19Out.
01:33:21Far out.
01:33:24I want a full description.
01:33:27Take care of this family.
01:33:31Be careful.
01:34:32Bye.
01:34:36What?
01:34:45What are you grinning at, you ghost?
01:34:48"If you build it,
01:34:52"he will come."
01:35:05Oh, my God.
01:35:07What? What is it?
01:35:13It's my father.
01:35:20"Ease his pain."
01:35:23"Go the distance."
01:35:27it was you.
01:35:33No, Ray.
01:35:35It was you.
01:36:03My God. I...
01:36:05I only saw him years later when he was worn down by life.
01:36:11Look at him.
01:36:14He's got his whole life in front of him, and I'm not even a glint in his eye.
01:36:23What do I say to him?
01:36:27Why don't you introduce him to his granddaughter?
01:36:33Hi.
01:36:36Hi.
01:36:38I just wanted to thank you folks for putting up this field,
01:36:41letting us play here.
01:36:43I'm John Kinsella.
01:36:47I'm Ray.
01:36:50My wife Annie. Hi.
01:36:53This is my daughter Karin.
01:36:55Karin, this is my...
01:36:59This is John.
01:37:02Hi, John.
01:37:06Hiya, Karin.
01:37:10Well, we're going to let you two talk.
01:37:14I mean, if all these people are going to come,
01:37:16we got a lot of work to do.
01:37:20It was very nice meeting you.
01:37:23Ma'am.
01:37:26Come on, hon.
01:37:42You catch a good game.
01:37:45Thank you.
01:37:49It's so beautiful here.
01:37:53For me...
01:37:57Well, for me it's like a dream come true.
01:38:03Can I ask you something?
01:38:09Is... Is this heaven?
01:38:15It's lowa.
01:38:18Iowa?
01:38:20Yeah.
01:38:25I could have sworn it was heaven.
01:38:35Is...
01:38:37ls there a heaven?
01:38:41Oh, yeah.
01:38:45It's the place dreams come true.
01:39:07Maybe this is heaven.
01:39:14Well...
01:39:16Good night, Ray.
01:39:20Good night, John.
01:39:32Hey, Dad?
01:39:37You want to have a catch?
01:39:42I'd like that.

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