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Field of Dreams or A League of Their Own

Poll ended at Sat Apr 16, 2005 12:57 pm

Field of Dreams
26
79%
A League of Their Own
7
21%
 
Total votes : 33

BBM Round 1 - Field of Dreams vs. A League of Their Own

Postby ironman » Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:57 pm

Field of Dreams

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A phenomenal hit when it was released in 1989, Field of Dreams has become a modern classic and a uniquely American slice of cinema. It functions effectively as a moving drama about the power of dreams, a fantasy ode to our national pastime, and a brilliant adaptation of W.P. Kinsella's exquisite baseball novel Shoeless Joe. Kinsella himself found the film a delightful surprise, differing greatly from his novel but benefiting from its own creative variations. It is the film that cemented Kevin Costner's status as an all-American screen star, but the story resonates far beyond Costner's handsome appeal. As just about everyone knows by now, Costner stars as Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, who hears the mysterious words "If you build it, he will come," and is compelled to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. His wife (Amy Madigan) supports the wild idea, but a reclusive novelist (modeled after J.D. Salinger and played by James Earl Jones) is not so easily persuaded. The idealistic farmer is either a visionary or a deluded fool, but his persistence is rewarded when spirits from baseball's past begin appearing on the ball field. Past and present intermingle in the person of "Moonlight Graham" (superbly played by Burt Lancaster), an unknown player who sacrificed his dreams of baseball glory for a dignified life as a small-town physician ... but what all of this means is unclear until the film's memorably heartfelt conclusion. A meditation on family, memory, and faith, the film balances humor and magic to strike just the right chord of thoughtful emotion, affecting audiences so deeply that the baseball field created for the production has now become a mecca of sorts for dreamers around the world. -Amazon.com

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Penny Marshall's popular 1992 comedy sheds light on a little-known chapter of American sports history with its story of a struggling team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The league was formed when the recruiting of soldiers during World War II resulted in a shortage of men's baseball teams. The AAGPBL continued after the war (until 1954), and Marshall's movie depicts the league in full swing, beginning when a savvy baseball scout (Jon Lovitz) finds a pair of promising new players in small-town Oregonian sisters (Geena Davis, Lori Petty). The sisters are signed to play for the Rockford Peaches near Chicago, whose new manager (Tom Hanks) is a former home-run king who wrecked his career with alcoholism. They're all a bunch of underdogs, and Marshall (with a witty script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) does a fine job of establishing a colorful team of supporting players including Madonna and (in her movie debut) Rosie O'Donnell. It's a conventional Hollywood sports story (Marshall's never been one to take dramatic risks), but the stellar cast is delightful, and the movie's filled with memorable moments, witty dialogue, and agreeable sentiment. And just remember: there's no crying in baseball! -Amazon.com
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Postby slomo007 » Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:58 pm

Field of Dreams without a doubt....my favorite. ;-D
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Postby raiders_umpire » Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:02 pm

Field of Dreams easily here
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Postby logan » Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:12 pm

dreams ;-D
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Postby Mookie4ever » Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:13 pm

"If you build it they will come"

Field of Dreams - great movie, better book called "Shoeless Joe" by a great Canadian WP Kinsella. ;-D ;-D
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:20 pm

Hanks coaching girls

Costner coaching ghosts

Well I'll go with Field of Dreams on this one. A League of Their Own had some good scenes though. Unfortunately it also had Rosie O'Donnell in it.
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Postby ensanimal » Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:13 pm

Dreams no doubt ;-D
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Postby kimchi_chigae » Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:35 pm

field of dreams for me. ;-D

and no...no women in augusta...unless it's michelle wie. :-)
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Postby Lofunzo » Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:58 pm

Both were good and I can't believe that I am voting for a Costner film. :-o
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Postby Pacman » Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:06 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:"If you build it they will come"

Field of Dreams - great movie, better book called "Shoeless Joe" by a great Canadian WP Kinsella. ;-D ;-D



Agree -- the novel was excellent! Highly recommended.


I NEVER cry at movies, one exception: when Ray asks his dad if he wants to have a catch.... I teared up in the movie theatre. Go ahead, call me a wussbag... everybody else does that I admit that to.



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