‘Field of Dreams’ hosts 25th anniversary in Iowa
A weekend reunion in Iowa of fans and cast showed why “Field of Dreams” is one of the most beloved sports movies of all time.
The Associated Press
DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Actor Colin Egglesfield wasn’t in the classic baseball film “Field of Dreams.”
But if they built a screen in center field, he would come.
When Egglesfield heard about plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie’s release during Father’s Day weekend in Iowa, he flew to Sioux Falls, S.D., picked up his dad and drove six hours to the farm where it was filmed.
The Los Angeles-based Egglesfield, most recently seen on TV shows such as “Rizzoli and Isles” and “The Client List,” and his father reached rural Dyersville in time for a viewing of the movie on the outfield grass with scores of others, including star Kevin Costner.
That’s when “Hey dad, you want to have a catch?” got them all, all over again.
“My brother had one arm around my dad. I had my arm around him as well. It was just water works,” Egglesfield said of the film’s memorable final scene.
This weekend’s emotional reunion in Iowa showed why “Field of Dreams” still resonates with so many after so many years.
The site of the Oscar-nominated film about an Iowa farmer who hears a voice whisper “If you build it, he will come” and follows through on his vision by building a baseball diamond over a cornfield has itself become a tourist destination since the movie’s release in 1989.
So it was only natural for the farm in northeast Iowa to host a three-day celebration of the film that made it so famous.
Stars such as Costner and Timothy Busfield joined celebrities like Egglesfield, past American League Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen and thousands of fans from all over the Midwest at the remote locale.
Costner played the role of Ray Kinsella, the farmer whose diamond lured both the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” and his own long-gone father out of the cornstalks beyond left field.
Costner brought his wife and kids back to Iowa to reminisce about his role in one of the most beloved sports movies of all time.
The weekend was jampacked with activities like celebrity softball games and concerts.
What all the actors have in common are warm memories of a movie that’s nearly as popular now as when it was released in 1989.
“I don’t know if anybody thought that, 25 years later, it would still be an iconic movie. You don’t aim for the fences. You try to do your best job 12 hours a day,” Busfield said. “What it’s become, you don’t ever expect.”