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  • The baseball monologue. It stirs the heart just reading it. Add James Earl Jones delivering it, and you'll be in tears by the time you finish:
    Terrence Mann: 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.
    Mark: Ray, when the bank opens in the morning, they'll foreclose.
    Terrence Mann: People will come Ray.
    Mark: You're broke, Ray. You sell now, or you'll lose everything.
    Terrence Mann: 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 us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.
    The Voice: (whispering) Come on, Ray...
    • Meaningful Background Event: Pay attention as the ballplayers behind him stop playing and start surrounding Terrence as his gives the speech.
    • James Earl Jones did the speech normally on the first take. The director wasn't satisfied, and told James to orate it with a little more ham. It worked.
  • Moonlight putting baseball in perspective for Ray, who says that some people would consider his only playing 5 minutes in baseball a tragedy.
    Moonlight: If I had only been a doctor for 5 minutes, that would have been a tragedy.
  • Annie's defense of literature in the face of Moral Guardians is fantastic.
    Annie: At least [my husband] is not a book burner, you Nazi cow.
    • This moment works on a meta level, too: the book-banning scene was the first one shot for the film, and Amy Madigan had a bad case of stage fright at the thought of standing in front of an entire town's worth of extras to deliver her angry speeches. Needless to say, she pulled it off brilliantly.
  • The "Do not sell this field" scene when "Moonlight" Graham leaves the field to save Karin, and he becomes the old Dr. Graham again - but suddenly everyone, including Mark, can see the players.
  • The final shot. As Ray and his father play catch, we see the headlights of hundreds of cars, lining up to watch the baseball game, just as Terrence and Karin predicted.
    • The music over that scene is lovely, too.
    • It works from a behind-the-scenes perspective as well. Not only did 1,500 people get involved, but director Phil Alden Robinson realized late in the shoot that a simple line of headlights wouldn't look like movement. He quickly commandeered a local radio station and instructed the volunteers to flash their high beams on and off to simulate the illusion of the cars going behind various obstructions. No flashy gimmicks, no CGI tricks—just pure ingenuity—led to a gigantic, beautiful shot that closes the movie on a hopeful, gorgeous note.
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  • Terrence's reveal that he saw the message about Moonlight Graham, too. All he does is step out of the shadows and bellow as only James Earl Jones can, "Moonlight Graham!"

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