“Go the distance”

Tonight I watched Field of Dreams. I had forgotten what a great movie it was with some classic lines. I really enjoy baseball quite a bit and memories of playing catch with my dad are some of my fondest, this movie is one that I will always come back to.

You know we just don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening.

This statement from “Moonlight” Graham (Burt Lancaster) can sometimes seem cliche, but coming from him, it seemed to have more impact (not sure why). And just because something is cliche, doesn’t mean it isn’t full of truth.

I’d wake up at night with the smell of the ball park in my nose, the cool of the grass on my feet… The thrill of the grass.

“Shoeless” Joe (Ray Liotta) really knows how to say it (If you like baseball of course)!

There are a lot of good lines in this movie. One of the funniest I think is when Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is trying to kidnap Mann (James Earl Jones):

Mann: I’m going to beat your head in with a crowbar until leave.
Kinsella: You can’t do that.
Mann: There are rules here? No, there are no rules here. [Mann comes at Kinsella with a crowbar]
Kinsella: You’re a pacifist!
Mann [stops before he strikes and pauses]: Shit.

Come on now, that is funny (sorry if you are offended by profanity).

Go out and watch the movie again, really, you know you want to.
I will leave you with Mann’s final (and moving) monologue.

Ray, people will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say. It’s only $20 per person. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

Categories: Daily Life, Movies
  1. June 26th, 2005 at 15:00 | #1

    Hey Matt…that’s so fun that you saw my blog! I hope things are going well and that
    you’re staying out of trouble :)

    Blogging is so fun, I can’t stop! Classes start up tomorrow so it might be enforced
    cut-back. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

    Take care, Jackie

  2. June 26th, 2005 at 15:08 | #2

    I agree it’s a great movie. I’d rank it among the greatest baseball movies ever. But the casting of Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe makes no sense. He’s righty. Shoeless Joe is a lefty. He’s a New Yorker, and Shoeless Joe was from the rural south.

    A better actor would have been D.B. Sweeney, who played Shoeless Joe well in another baseball classic, Eight Men Out.

    Otherwise, Field of Dreams is fantastic, and worth watching every time TBS shows it.

  3. June 26th, 2005 at 15:38 | #3

    Hey Jackie, great to see ya! I will have to check in to make sure you are focusing on the important things… blogging I mean, not studies. ;)

    I actually liked Liotta in the role, although that may just be because he is the only one I have seen the role. heh. One thing I thought was strange is the Joe batted left, threw right… Liotta batted right and threw left. Not sure how they managed that. I still have not seen Eight Men Out, one that I have been meaning to see, but always forget about 5 minutes after I think about it.

  4. June 26th, 2005 at 16:19 | #4

    Best baseball movies:

    1) Field of Dreams
    2) Eight Men Out
    3) The Rookie
    4) Bull Durham
    5) The Natural

    In terms of any sports movies, I would rank Seabiscuit #2 and Rocky #3.

  5. June 27th, 2005 at 00:39 | #5

    You know, I claim to be a big movie buff, but really, there are so many I haven’t seen! So sad!

  6. June 27th, 2005 at 16:34 | #6

    hehe I’ve never seen any of those movies… except “The Rookie”, “Seabiscuit” and “Rocky.” But then, who hasn’t seen at least on of the Rocky films??

  7. June 28th, 2005 at 17:09 | #7


    I thought you had disappeared off the face of the earth as my newsreader wasn’t showing any new posts in ages. Turns out I didn’t update it with your new address. DOH!!!

    Hope your summer is going well

  8. June 29th, 2005 at 19:37 | #8

    Hey Glenn, glad to hear from you! You can’t get rid of me that easy. ;) Hope Vancouver is treating you well!

  9. June 30th, 2005 at 21:27 | #9

    I remember watching this years ago! I loved it and watched it
    so many times.

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