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Field Of Dreams Behind The Scenes

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Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1989 Drama movie starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann et al.
Contributed by: Jerry
In the final scene of the movie, the camera pans up to the night sky with hundreds of cars on their way to the game.

The director achieved this shot by announcing what the scene would be via local radio and invited extras in thier cars to line up for the shot. When they were about to loose the light for the shot, the director (via local radio transmission) told each driver to flash their lights giving the shot a look of cars glittering in the night. You can see this if you watch just one of the cars --bright, unbright, bright, unbright. Pretty cool effect.
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Burt Lancaster was unaware that Timothy Busfield was part of the cast and had him fetching water and chairs before realizing Busfield was going to be in the scene with him.
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During filming, Iowa was in the middle of a drought, and the cornfields surrounding the diamond had to be given lots of extra water in order to grow tall enough for the actors to disappear into the stalks.
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Thousands of pallets of green grass were brought in to make the baseball field, but due to the haste in planting because of the shooting schedule, the grass was not able to grow appropriately and died. In order to keep the grass green, the production crew painted the grass.
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After the movie was completed test audiences didn't like the name "Shoeless Joe" because they said it sounded like a movie about a bum or hobo. Universal called director-screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson to tell him that "Shoeless Joe" didn't work, and the studio changed the title of the film to "Field of Dreams". When Robinson heard the news of the change, he called W.P. Kinsella, the author of the book, and told him the "bad" news, but apparently he didn't care, saying that "Shoeless Joe" was the title the publishing company gave the book. Kinsella's original title was "Dream Field".
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Tom Hanks was originally offered the role of Ray Kinsella but turned it down.
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The first day of shooting was the town hall scene. Amy Madigan was nervous about screaming in front of such a large group of people the first day.
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Fenway Park wanted too much money for additional shots, so the moment where Terrence orders his hot dog and a beer was actually shot in Iowa.
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The line, "Hey, Dad, you wanna have a catch," originally didn't include "Dad". Audiences were disappointed in the lack of acknowledgement of father and son, so the word "Dad" was looped in during post-production.
Contributed by: Jeremy
It's already been stated that there was a drought during the summer of filming and that the production crews had to irrigate the field in order to get the corn to grow tall enough. Well, they irrigated it so well that when it came time to film the scene where Ray is in the corn asking the voice what he's supposed to build, that they had to have him walk on a three foot tall scafold built between the rows just so he would be visible above the corn. It was really taller than him.
Contributed by: politeintruder
They had to loop dialogue for all the night scenes since they had such bright lights that made the surrounding cattle and roosters think it was morning and would be crowing and mooing, ruining their sound.
Contributed by: DJ Alliss
In 1989 I was in my early 20's and I was listening to 95 KJJO radio in a Des Moines and they were giving away tickets to be an extra to drive in an upcoming movie then called "Shoeless Joe".

All that was specified was the time and place outside of Dyersville, Iowa on an old county road. It was a super hot day and there were hundreds of us all parked in line sitting in the scorching heat for hours until filming at dusk. We were told to tune our radios on a particular station and to listen to the words "Action" we would then have to turn our lights on and off to give the illusion we were moving.

It was still light out and I was driving an 1982 Dodge Challenger at the time. I wondered why the make of vehicle did not matter??? We saw the helicopter above and got to drive by the farm and the excitement of being in a Hollywood film. The long wait of a year until the movie came out and the name of the movie was changed to "Field of Dreams".

I loved the movie and the message and the last shot I was in was blacked out so you just saw headlights only of the cars. It all made sense then. It was fun and exciting and I can say I was a small part of a big film! My headlights will forever be on film!
Deleted Scenes
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Several deleted scenes include 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.
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Field Of Dreams