All of this would work better if Robinson built up the reality of the town more, made the citizens a more palpable presence, as Frank Capra did in Hollywood's greatest fable-fantasy, It's a Wonderful Life.
The sentimentality, of which there is plenty, is nicely balanced by a humor of ironic pragmatism, as when Ray, having built his baseball field as a monument to human dreams, decides to charge tourists $20 a head to visit it.
I have watched this movie since I was kid. My son just watched it and he loved it (hes not a big baseball fan). But if you are a baseball fan you will really love this movie it is like bring back the old players. He owns a farm that is planted with corn. One night he hears a voice (if you build it he will come) Then he see the vision of the baseball field. I will leave the rest for you to watch.\n\nIt is a Must watch movie.
Actually, I bought this DVD to replace the old VHS copy that had lots of wear. I love this movie, have visited The Field of Dreams a couple of times, and grew up close to Galena, Illinois, where part of it was filmed.
I have to say that Clift's plot is far less compelling than Lancaster's and something of the zip goes when Frank Sinatra disappears from the action, sent to the stockade. But what a punch this movie still packs.