Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 15: Iowa (Field of Dreams)

Category: Fantasy/Sports

Quote of Interest:

“Hey, is this heaven?”

“No, it’s Iowa.”

–‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson & Ray Kinsella

Three words to describe this film/state: Heed no naysayers

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Feed Store Farmer, played by James Andelin
  • Dee, Mark’s Wife, played by Kelly Coffield
  • Beulah, the Angry PTA Mother, played by Lee Garlington
  • Boston Yenta, played by Bea Fredman
  • Third Man in Bar, played by Joseph Ryan
  • Clean-shaven Umpire, played by Brian Frankish
  • Man at Christmas Party (uncredited), played by Dan Rohner

State food/recipe to try: Casey’s Gas Station Pizza / Blue Bunny ice cream

Earring Inspo Character: Beulah, the angry PTA mother

Other Notes: Another sports movie from the Midwest! We enjoyed this one more than we did Hoosiers. Since we watch everything with subtitles on, we discovered that the Voice is actually saying, “If you build it, he will come,” and not ‘they will come.’ IMDB listed Ed Harris as The Voice (unconfirmed). What does that mean? That it’s a rumor that the actor I can only picture as Jackson Pollock maybe did the creepy cornfield voice? Interesting. I thought I had seen this film at some point and maybe fell asleep or zoned out (sports), but I hadn’t because I didn’t remember the point of it. And my dad quoting it (albeit it incorrectly now), I think, when we were getting ready to open our art studio in NJ. But that could be my imagination. That’s the beauty of this movie–not that it’s not about sports, but that it celebrates the artists, dreamers, and visionaries out there. It’s the ones who are open to believing in something (that maybe only they can see or feel) who are the ones that will see things happen. A fun metaphor. The baseball field is still a tourist attraction today, located on neighboring farms in Dubuque County, Iowa. Field of Dreams turns 30 this year.

Grade: B

State Facts:

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