Friday, January 7, 2011

Field of Dreams

A Capraesque fantasy about redemption and baseball starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and, in one of his last roles, Burt Lancaster. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson.

It's just a small part for Lancaster, but he adds class to the whole film. Costner is very good, I think, in his role. The film works as well as it does partly because Robinson never overdoes it - it's not sirupy; I can only imagine what Spielberg would have done with it. Even as a European I could enjoy the film, not knowing anything about the rules of baseball, but connecting with it on an emotional level.

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