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Friday, 21 April 2017 07:52

'Field of Dreams': THR's 1989 Review

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On April 21, 1989, Universal unveiled Kevin Costner's baseball drama Field of Dreams in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

As the movie baseball season continues in full swing, Universal's Field of Dreams, formerly Shoeless Joe, takes its turn at bat with Kevin Costner once again in the cleanup position.

Based on Costner's all-star, behind-the-plate performance last summer in Bull Durham, look for a full grandstand of both men and women at Dreams' opening weekend.

Like Bull Durham, Field of Dreams isn't so much about baseball as about life. Like those beer commercials where opposing sides of the bleachers shout out in opposition "More taste"/ "Less filling," so too will viewers of this big-hearted pitch yell in disagreement. Many fans won't make it to the seventh-inning stretch; others will be back for extra innings.

No matter what side of the plate you're hitting from, it's obvious that writer-director Phil Alden Robinson has a sure-gripped story arsenal of breaking stuff and slow floaters. Both good and bad for veteran moviegoers, it's possible to see very seam on Robinson's narrative pitches — many of them delivered out of a straight-on Spielbergian windup, with a few off-speed '60s spitters for perspective.

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