Iowa Farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) obeys an inner voice telling him to turn part of his land into a baseball field. "If you build it, he will come," says the voice. And in this mystical parable of faith and hope, come he does, in the form of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson's ghost (Liotta), and some other spectral teammates from the disgraced 1919 Chicago White Sox team. But Ray has some traveling to do himself to get to the bottom of what is actually happening on his field — and why.
Adapted by the director from W.R. Kinsella's book, this beautifully realized, old-fashioned fantasy movie raises the spirit and touches the heart. Costner is perfect in a role originally intended for Tom Hanks, while James Earl Jones provides magnificent support as a reclusive writer who joins Kinsella on his crusade. Ray Liotta also scores in a pre-"Goodfellas" outing playing the legendary "Shoeless Joe" Jackson. This quintessentially American classic goes down just as well on repeat viewings.