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  • Ability over Appearance: Phil Alden Robinson had originally envisioned "Shoeless" Joe Jackson as being played by an actor in his 40s, someone who would be older than Kevin Costner, and who could thereby act as a father surrogate. Ray Liotta did not fit that criteria, but Robinson thought he would be a better fit for the part, because Liotta had the "sense of danger" and ambiguity, which Robinson wanted in the character. Liotta was also a right-handed hitter, unlike Joe Jackson (who threw righty, but batted from the left side), but Robinson figured if baseball fans were gonna nitpick about that, they were going to have bigger problems with the fantastical parts of the movie anyway.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The film's Signature Line "If you build it, he will come." is too often misquoted as "If you build it, they will come".
  • California Doubling: Aside from a few scenes shot in Boston, most of the film was shot in eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.
    • The city of Dubuque stood in for most of the Boston scenes, excluding those scenes at Fenway Park and those of Ray traveling into Boston. The gas station where Ray finally gets Terry's address was at 3rd and Locust Streets in Dubuque note . Terry's neighborhood was mainly located around 17th Street and Central Avenue in Dubuque.
      • Traffic was shown heading north on Central Avenue in the film, however in real life Central Avenue was and still is a one-way street, with all traffic heading southbound.
    • Both Galena, Illinois and Dyersville stood in for Chisholm, Minnesota and both are very different in appearance from the actual Chisholm, which is located in northern Minnesota.
    • Most of the road trip scenes were filmed in rural Dubuque County, Iowa and Jo Daviess County, Illinois. US highways 61, 151, 52, and 20 along with some local and state roads stood in for the highways Kinsella and Mann traveled over on their road trip.
  • Creator Backlash: Ray Liotta tried to learn how to bat left-handed like Joe Jackson, but couldn't get the hang of it. He later regretted not being able to give a historically accurate portrayal.
  • Defictionalization: The field built for the movie is still there as a local tourist attraction, including a real field next to the original movie set field that hosted a rather special Major League Baseball game.
  • Deleted Scene: Several scenes were removed from the final cut, including Ray getting his hearing checked, Ray buying baseball equipment, Ray getting lost on the way to Fenway with Terrence, and Ray and Terrence watching batting practice.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Although his character delivers the movie's signature speech praising baseball, in real-life, James Earl Jones is rather indifferent about baseball.
  • Throw It In:
    • In the scene of Ray throwing pitches to Joe Jackson, Liotta hit a ball straight back at Costner and he jumped out of the way. The hit ball also smashed over the bag of balls next to his feet. The timing was too perfect.
    • The fog that appears later in that scene was completely natural as well. They shot all scenes of the field at "magic hour", so the fog was something to be expected.
  • Uncredited Role: The identity of the actor who provides "The Voice" has never been revealed. In the credits, The Voice is credited as being played by "Himself". Other than an actor who appeared in the film doubling as The Voice, the most frequently mooted candidate for the role is Amy Madigan's husband, Ed Harris, as the author of the original novel claimed that was he had been told.
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