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‘Field of Dreams’ 20th anniversary celebration cancelled

The owners of the Field of Dreams Movie site near Dyersville in northeast Iowa have called off plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film’s release.

Don and Becky Lansing say that with so many people losing their jobs, it makes no sense to spend money on a celebration.

Instead, the Lansings say they will donate $5,000 to a local food bank. They said in a statement the donation is a much better use of the money.

Commence “If you ____ it, they will ____” machine…..

NOW!

Gamingboy Posted: February 10, 2009 at 08:37 PM | 63 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: February 10, 2009 at 08:48 PM (#3073424)
If you spent that $5,000 on a party, you'd be putting caterers, florists, groundskeepers, drivers, etc. to work.

Just a thought.
   2. Randy Jones Posted: February 10, 2009 at 08:51 PM (#3073431)
Good, that movie sucked anyway.
   3. Gamingboy Posted: February 10, 2009 at 08:52 PM (#3073435)
Good, that movie sucked anyway.


Nobody asked you.
   4. Randy Jones Posted: February 10, 2009 at 08:55 PM (#3073442)
Nobody asked you.

Doesn't change the fact that it was a terrible movie.
   5. Halofan Posted: February 10, 2009 at 08:58 PM (#3073445)
The book was worse.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2009 at 08:59 PM (#3073448)
Thanks a lot A-Rod.
   7. Lassus Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:05 PM (#3073463)
Gamingboy brings the serious! Yowch.
   8. Portia Stanke Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:11 PM (#3073472)
Great book, great movie. Hollywood produced three Major League movies for those who disagree.
   9. frannyzoo Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:15 PM (#3073477)
Adequate movie, better book. As for Randy Jones, adequate pitcher, not so sure about the BBQ Sauce.
   10. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:15 PM (#3073479)
Godd*mn Dale Petroskey got to them, too.

Is there no limit to this man's power?

Let's just pray that he spares the 5th anniversary celebrations surrounding Mr. 3000.
   11. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:18 PM (#3073484)
Field of Dreams: better than The Big Chill, not as good as Forrest Gump. All fairly simmilar, though.
   12. Gamingboy Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:28 PM (#3073499)
The book is good and in some ways better, but it had a bunch of stuff that could never have worked on screen.

However, the Movie had James Earl Jones.

Call it a push.
   13. rr Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:34 PM (#3073509)
This is just a cover. The truth is that the guy who played John Kinsella in the movie was on steroids during filming.
   14. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:36 PM (#3073515)
No celebration? What, do we all have to be mopey now? I say we go all Busby Berkeley on this depression!
   15. Randy Jones Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:39 PM (#3073517)
Great book, great movie. Hollywood produced three Major League movies for those who disagree.

Actually, the first Major League movie was infinitely better than Field of Dreams. In fact, I could list a whole lot of baseball movies better than Field of Dreams, but it would be easier to list the ones that were worse...
   16. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:39 PM (#3073518)
Is there no limit to this man's power?

Not since he invented The Helm Of Obfuscation
   17. Obama Bomaye Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:49 PM (#3073531)
Let's just pray that he spares the 5th anniversary celebrations surrounding Mr. 3000.

I'm still waiting for Mr. 3000's stats to show up on B-R.
   18. Steve Treder Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:55 PM (#3073539)
Actually, the first Major League movie was infinitely better than Field of Dreams. In fact, I could list a whole lot of baseball movies better than Field of Dreams, but it would be easier to list the ones that were worse...

Absolutely.
   19. Charlie O Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:55 PM (#3073541)
I agree with Randy Jones. I think my expectations made it seem worse than it was. Everyone who knew how much I love baseball told me about this great baseball movie I just had to see. When it was done, I felt cheated.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2009 at 09:59 PM (#3073549)
In other news, the 20th Anniversary celebration of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" I am planning for my basement is still on.
   21. rr Posted: February 10, 2009 at 10:06 PM (#3073554)
In other news, the 20th Anniversary celebration of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" I am planning for my parents' basement is still on
.

I think you left out a word.
   22. winnipegwhip Posted: February 10, 2009 at 10:08 PM (#3073555)
75th anniversary celebration of the New Deal leads to cancellation of Field of Dreams anniversary celebration.
   23. AROM Posted: February 10, 2009 at 10:13 PM (#3073563)
Instead, the Lansings say they will donate $5,000 to a local food bank. They said in a statement the donation is a much better use of the money.


I don't get. Why can't you have the celebration AND help people?

Charge $20 a head. People will come. James Earl Jones said they would so it must be true. Then donate the gate receipts to the food bank.

Though I hate to break it to you guys, but Moonlight Graham was a roider. The whole reason he went into med school was so he could get access to the good stuff.
   24. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: February 10, 2009 at 10:21 PM (#3073576)
75th anniversary celebration of the New Deal leads to cancellation of Field of Dreams anniversary celebration.

In honor of the 70th anniversay of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, you could go to DC and complain.
   25. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: February 10, 2009 at 10:28 PM (#3073584)
75th anniversary celebration of the New Deal leads to cancellation of Field of Dreams anniversary celebration.

In honor of the 70th anniversay of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, you could go to DC and complain.

Or, in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the main expedition of the Albigsenian Crusade, you could muster your forces.

In honor of the 180th anniversary of John Adams, last survivor of the Bounty on Pitcairn Island, you could mutiny.

In honor of the 190th anniversary of Abner Doubleday, you could protest by having nothing to do with baseball whatsoever.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, you could free the film prints.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birth, you could deduce a solution to this problem.
   26. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: February 10, 2009 at 10:43 PM (#3073611)
Godd*mn Dale Petroskey got to them, too.

Is there no limit to this man's power?

Let's just pray that he spares the 5th anniversary celebrations surrounding Mr. 3000.


He's already taken care of that, and the 25th anniversary celebration of Tiger Town.
   27. Snowboy Posted: February 10, 2009 at 11:15 PM (#3073654)
Good, that movie sucked anyway.

Bombs like this
ring my ears louder
than ARod's admission.
   28. Gamingboy Posted: February 10, 2009 at 11:32 PM (#3073671)
What about the 15th Anniversary of Little Big League? Surely that is how the Twins would want to celebrate the closing of the Metrodome!
   29. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 10, 2009 at 11:51 PM (#3073686)
"In honor of the 180th anniversary of John Adams, last survivor of the Bounty on Pitcairn Island, you could mutiny."

Just don't get carried away.
   30. Scott Lange Posted: February 11, 2009 at 12:12 AM (#3073704)
Very good book, better movie. The field itself is a great place to visit as well, and since the Lansings bought out their neighbors I'd imagine its even better.
   31. wjones Posted: February 11, 2009 at 12:24 AM (#3073712)
Am I the only one who didn't know until recently that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day? February 12, 1809.
   32. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 11, 2009 at 12:30 AM (#3073715)
"Am I the only one who didn't know until recently that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day? February 12, 1809."

You should spend more time on Wikipedia.
   33. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: February 11, 2009 at 12:31 AM (#3073719)
31 posts and no mention of how much Amy Madigan is a ####### disgrace in this movie?

That dumb scene at the school where she argues with another parent makes me want to jump through the screen and rip her throat out.
   34. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: February 11, 2009 at 12:43 AM (#3073727)
If you spent that $5,000 on a party, you'd be putting caterers, florists, groundskeepers, drivers, etc. to work.

Just a thought.


Absolutely-adidily. Quality of the movie aside, as this poster notes, it would actually help people if they have the party.

Economy aside, when do people NOT want to have a party?
   35. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 11, 2009 at 01:26 AM (#3073750)
That dumb scene at the school where she argues with another parent makes me want to jump through the screen and rip her throat out.

That type of conflict seems really out of place in a movie about forgiveness. Particularly because the viewer is supposed to take her side on the issue, without compromise.
   36. Scott Lange Posted: February 11, 2009 at 01:42 AM (#3073762)
That type of conflict seems really out of place in a movie about forgiveness. Particularly because the viewer is supposed to take her side on the issue, without compromise.


The movie is more about second chances than it is about forgiveness. Doc Graham and Terrence Mann certainly didn't need to be forgiven for anything in particular, and Ray & John's story is also more about a second chance. The concept of a second chance doesn't have any particular application to Beulah the Bookburner.

Even if it was about forgiveness, the movie clearly establishes limits to who is deserving, so excluding a abhorrent character like Beulah is perfectly internally consistent. Just ask Ty Cobb ("[n]one of us could stand the son of a b---- when we were alive so we told him to stick it!")

31 posts and no mention of how much Amy Madigan is a ####### disgrace in this movie?

FWIW, I can't think of another actress who could better play the spunky, earthy Annie as written in the book. I think Madigan did a great job with the part.
   37. Steve Treder Posted: February 11, 2009 at 01:59 AM (#3073769)
I can't think of another actress who could better play the spunky, earthy Annie as written in the book. I think Madigan did a great job with the part.

Excuse me while I puke.

:-)
   38. The NeverEnding Torii (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) Posted: February 11, 2009 at 01:59 AM (#3073770)
As long as this doesn't affect the upcoming "Ed" 15th anniversary celebrations in 2011, this is not a big deal.
   39. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:03 AM (#3073771)
That type of conflict seems really out of place in a movie about forgiveness. Particularly because the viewer is supposed to take her side on the issue, without compromise.


Honestly, I saw this movie once when I was 13 and I remember that scene and the fact that James Earl Jones was supposed to be JD Salinger or someone like him (am I right?). I'm thinking the metaphor at the heart of that scene (because wasn't it about the other parents' efforts to ban a book in school. I'm not googling this because BBTF's collective memory will be a lot more interesting than the Truth)) is that JD Salinger left us (ie. he stopped creating his art) because of the small-mindedness of the types of people who banned his writing in schools, and that Madigan's character was simply articulating the anger of silent recluse.

But you're right actually. There's not much of an attempt to forgive on her part maybe because she feels Salinger was never forgiven in his time. Or maybe this scene was about something else. Freck Google. I'm not looking it up.

I remember liking the movie because I liked JD Salinger and baseball and I thought the idea of building a field behind your house was cool.
   40. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:03 AM (#3073773)
FWIW, I can't think of another actress who could better play the spunky, earthy Annie as written in the book. I think Madigan did a great job with the part.


Tim Robbins in a wig would have been better.
   41. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:07 AM (#3073776)
so excluding a abhorrent character like Beulah is perfectly internally consistent. Just ask Ty Cobb

But why dredge up the baby boomer culture wars for this purpose? There is the larger (from the story's POV) clash between the Kinsella's and the community which gets resolved, more or less.
   42. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:09 AM (#3073780)
FWIW, I can't think of another actress who could better play the spunky, earthy Annie as written in the book. I think Madigan did a great job with the part.

Tim Robbins in a wig would have been better.


Mickey Rourke sporting Ric Flair hair and dressed up in Jake the Snake Roberts' wrestling tights would have been ideal.
   43. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:16 AM (#3073793)
Tim Robbins in a wig would have been better.


Just so long as he is not allowed to pitch.

I put the Amy Madigan performance up there with Sofia Coppolla in Godfather III. One to forget about
   44. Steve Treder Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:23 AM (#3073799)
I put the Amy Madigan performance up there with Sofia Coppolla in Godfather III. One to forget about

Nah, Sofia Coppola was simply blunderingly incompetent. Amy Madigan was actively atrocious.
   45. Tuque Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:31 AM (#3073810)
Good, that movie sucked anyway.

You don't like Baby Boomers?
   46. John DiFool2 Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:36 AM (#3073816)
31 posts and no mention of how much Amy Madigan is a ####### disgrace in this movie?


But she is hot.
   47. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 11, 2009 at 02:46 AM (#3073826)
I never got the "Field of Dreams" love. But then, my dad and I always liked each other.

Best part of "Field of Dreams": a black-skinned man soliloquizing about how baseball has always been the one pure constant in America.
   48. Steve Treder Posted: February 11, 2009 at 05:20 AM (#3073930)
But she is hot.

Please, please tell me you're being sarcastic.
   49. Steve Treder Posted: February 11, 2009 at 05:22 AM (#3073933)
Best part of "Field of Dreams": a black-skinned man soliloquizing about how baseball has always been the one pure constant in America.

"Best part" as in "Just one of the many laughably ridiculous parts."
   50. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: February 11, 2009 at 05:41 AM (#3073952)
I'm still waiting for Mr. 3000's stats to show up on B-R.


If you are easily amused, like me, try typing "stan ross" into B-R...
   51. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 11, 2009 at 05:43 AM (#3073954)
Cool. Why don't other names do that, like "Pedro Cerrano" or "Henry Rowengartner"?
   52. Sam M. Posted: February 11, 2009 at 05:46 AM (#3073960)
"Best part" as in "Just one of the many laughably ridiculous parts."

Wow. I don't have all that many complete & total disagreements with Steve, but here goes.

I love Field of Dreams. Not as much as I love Bull Durham, mind you, but well enough. What in the heck is wrong with a movie that has the core message: listen to the dreams that speak to YOU? Don't conform to the fricking norms of convention, and what others expect you to do. Follow YOUR voice, through all the way to whatever end you seek, whatever path you must walk, and fulfill whatever dream you are destined to follow. If there is an ache in your heart that means reaching out to your father in some way that is meaningful to you, by all means, build a damn ball field. If it means ignoring your stupid ass investment banker of a brother-in-law, don't we need more frigging movies telling us to tell investment bankers to go #### themselves?

Ray Kinsella has a destiny, and so did Doc Graham. He had to step OFF that field to save the daughter -- because his path was to be a small town MD -- just as much as Ray's path was to BUILD that field.

And as for Terrence Mann, and whether "a black-skinned man" should "soliloquiz[e] about how baseball has always been the one pure constant in America," well, OK, that's laying it on a bit thick. But baseball and its racial arc has pretty much reflected America's path, from apartheid to a fitful racial integration. And if the black experience with baseball wasn't reflected in Terrence Mann, it wouldn't have been reflected at all in the film, so I will forgive not doctoring the dialog a bit to fit the way a man of Mann's pigmentation would have expressed his love of the game.

There. Let the argument begin! ;-)
   53. Steve Treder Posted: February 11, 2009 at 05:55 AM (#3073968)
What in the heck is wrong with a movie that has the core message: listen to the dreams that speak to YOU?

Conceptually, nothing. In practice, about a million things.

Amy freaking Madigan? Are you kidding me?

Joe Jackson is an innocent? With an East Coast accent, no less?

Awkwardly making Terrence Mann black, just for the desperate attempt to make an impossibly white movie taking place in white Iowa and appealing to syrupy white sentimentalities about how wonderful everything used to be, reflect the black experience? That's to be forgiven?

The movie would be terrible, if it had the depth to attain terribility.
   54. Sam M. Posted: February 11, 2009 at 06:01 AM (#3073981)
Amy freaking Madigan? Are you kidding me?

Amy Madigan was just fine. Just the kind of wife Ray Kinsella would have married, precisely because she was a latter-day hippie OK w/ letting him do what he needed to do. Madigan nailed that sensibility.

Joe Jackson is an innocent? With an East Coast accent, no less?

Funny. I didn't realize they were making a documentary in which historical accuracy was important, particularly as to Joe Jackson's accent.

Awkwardly making Terrence Mann black, just for the desperate attempt to make an impossibly white movie taking place in white Iowa and appealing to syrupy white sentimentalities about how wonderful everything used to be? That's to be forgiven?

If Mann had been an Iowa-based character, then maybe making him black would have been ridiculous. But surely it wasn't THAT implausible that a famous, reclusive writer whom Ray went thousands of miles away from Iowa to get could have been black. Could have been??? And you know, some old black men are sentimental about baseball. Go figure.
   55. Hugh Jorgan Posted: February 11, 2009 at 06:04 AM (#3073984)
There's only one anniversary anyone should be celebrating and its Charles Darwin 200th b-day/150th for Origin of Species...

A-rod proves that evolutionary process still has many eons to go before we can create the perfect ball player..

Yep, sorry to hijack it and turn it towards an a-rod/roid post.
   56. doc dynamo Posted: February 11, 2009 at 06:10 AM (#3073988)
There's a provision in the stimulus package to build luxury boxes at the field of dreams
   57. Steve Treder Posted: February 11, 2009 at 06:14 AM (#3073993)
Madigan nailed that sensibility.

With that nuanced flair that Madigan's long and distinguished career has so often demonstrated.

I didn't realize they were making a documentary in which historical accuracy was important, particularly as to Joe Jackson's accent.

Well, why do we call this character Joe Jackson at all, then? If we can take someone who was famously from the rural south (to the extent that his nickname was "Shoeless Joe," from his country-boy primitivity), and have him be slick-talking city boy Ray Liotta (batting and throwing right-handed, moreover), and decide that instead of being a guy who took money to throw the World Series he was some kind of vaguely falsely-accused good guy, then what's the point of calling this character Joe Jackson? He resembles Joe Jackson in absolutely, positively, no manner whatsoever. Is it an attempt to be simply stupefyingly wrong?

If Mann had been an Iowa-based character, then maybe making him black would have been ridiculous. But surely it wasn't THAT implausible that a famous, reclusive writer whom Ray went thousands of miles away from Iowa to get could have been black. Could have been??? And you know, some old black men are sentimental about baseball. Go figure.

Nice reaching, but no cigar. Making this character black achieves nothing except making it transparently obvious that otherwise the entire enterprise would be blindingly, suffocatingly white. Which it turns out to be anyway.
   58. Northpaw Posted: February 11, 2009 at 06:17 AM (#3073997)
Funny. I didn't realize they were making a documentary in which historical accuracy was important, particularly as to Joe Jackson's accent.

What about him batting right-handed?
   59. doc dynamo Posted: February 11, 2009 at 06:37 AM (#3074016)
Madigan nailed that sensibility

Like a skunk nailed to the fence

I didn't realize they were making a documentary in which historical accuracy was important, particularly as to Joe Jackson's accent.

Since D B Sweeney learned to bat left handed and had a proper southern accent when playing Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out, Liotta's perfomance is a sore point.

But surely it wasn't THAT implausible that a famous, reclusive writer whom Ray went thousands of miles away from Iowa to get could have been black]

Since it was supposed to JD Salinger it's pretty implausible. I assume this was "don't sue us JD" casting.
   60. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 11, 2009 at 06:40 AM (#3074018)
It was a perfect day for kinsellafish.
   61. doc dynamo Posted: February 11, 2009 at 07:08 AM (#3074038)
She was worse than that. I've tried several times to watch Godfather 3, and I just can't make it through. And it's all thanks to her. It takes a really bad performance to torpedo a movie like that.

Well it wa supposed to be Winona Ryder in that role. But she got sick, or went crazy or went shopping or something.

Lost in Translation was good though. Has Amy Madigan ever directed anything?
   62. Tiboreau Posted: February 11, 2009 at 07:40 AM (#3074043)
She was worse than that. I've tried several times to watch Godfather 3, and I just can't make it through. And it's all thanks to her. It takes a really bad performance to torpedo a movie like that.

Can't say that I would've cared for the movie much without Ms. Coppola. . . .

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