I love this movie. If I turn on the MLB Network and this is on I always end up watching it. And I have the DVD, too. I think the acting is well done and we're treated to James Earl Jones and the great Burt Lancaster. Both were outstanding. Costner and Madigan are perfect in their roles. Aside from the fact that Ray Liotta batted from the wrong side of the plate as Shoeless Joe Jackson, it was a great movie. It's sad to think that the real Shoeless Joe was banned for life from baseball after the Black Sox Scandal. Evidence of his participation was circumstantial at best and many baseball pundits question his participation based on the excellent stats he had during the series. He batted .345. In any event, baseball missed out on a great ballplayer. Check him out. Thirteen seasons and a lifetime average of .356. Considered by many baseball historians as one of the best hitters ever. He was thirty-two years old when he was banned but that last season, in his thirties, he batted .382.
But I digress. This movie was excellent. "If you build it, he will come" (not "they" will come.) Who is the he? Ray Kinsella has no idea and yet he follows the voice and embarks on a journey in his VW bus (I have the diecast model of it). Every part of this movie is beautifully done and it's one of those movies that when it ends you're sad to say goodbye to the characters. Word of advice: have a hankie or tissues on hand for the ending. And I'm talking to the male viewers.