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YMMV / Field of Dreams

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The fan theory that Terence Mann was a ghost himself, having died alone in that apartment, brought back to fulfill his dream of watching the game he loved as a child.
  • Award Snub: Lost the Best Picture Oscar in 1990 to Driving Miss Daisy.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Shoeless Joe tells Moonlight "you were good". It is Burt Lancaster's filmic epitaph, as it was his final role.
  • Memetic Mutation: "If you build it, he will come." Although it's too often quoted as "If you build it, they will come."
  • Strawman Has a Point: The closest the film has to an antagonist is Ray's brother-in-law Mark. Until Doc/Moonlight saved Karin's life, he couldn't see the ghosts. So, from his perspective, Ray—an inexperienced farmer—mowed his field to build a baseball diamond with no other means of supporting his family. He was concerned with having his sister and niece being bankrupt from Ray's field.
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  • Tear Jerker: This film has often been described as one of the ultimate "guy cry" movies.
  • Unfortunate ImplicationsSome have raised their eyebrows at the fact that no black or Latino players showed up in the movie. Granted, major league baseball wasn't integrated until the 50's, but the Negro Leagues had their own great players and if Shoeless Joe got to have his injustice addressed on the Field of Dreams, surely great ball players kept out by segregation could too. Some try to explain this by saying Shoeless Joe only brought back fellow Black Sox players, but that doesn't explain Moonlight Graham or Ray's dad. Later, he brings Mel Ott and other players who were never blacklisted.


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