Great American Road Trip
Movie: Field of Dreams (1989)
Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), “Is this Heaven?”
Ray Kinsella (Keven Kostner), “Nope, this is Iowa.”
You can still visit the real Field of Dreams in Iowa, near the town of Dyersville.
This is certainly the All American Movie–baseball, heartland, surviving against all odds, crazy optimism–yep, its American, all right. And although almost all of the movie stays put right on the farm where the unlikely baseball field was built, the main character (played by Kevin Kostner) does take a road trip. Another reason to pick this movie to represent Iowa.
Now, it might be somewhat controversial to choose a movie, since Iowa has more publishing companies and arguable has trained more fine American writers than any other state, but those books and authors will just have to get in line. This movie has Iowa corn fields, Iowa politics, and a beautiful Iowa farmhouse.
The wonderful cast includes the stentorian James Earl Jones, an actor I miss very much, Burt Lancaster.
How could you not love a movie that takes you back to the summer evenings, sitting in the soft warm light, listening to locusts in the surrounding fields and watching “the boys of summer” playing the all American game? The movie has given a phrase to us which threatens to be overused by people who don’t know its significance any more than Kevin Costner did when he first heard it in the movie–“If you build it, he will come.” Of course, the adaptation is usually “they” instead of “he” and unfortunately often applies to ill-thought-out plans for cities to build grandiose baseball stadiums to lure major league teams. Nevertheless, like that description of Iowa, it is stuck in our psyche where it rings true to American optimism.
Do you have memories of childhood evenings spent on baseball fields? Are you still a baseball fanatic? What’s your team? (Your comment enters you in the great Bella Italia Giveaway)
These gorgeous photos of Iowa come from Flickr, courtesy of the Creative Commons License. Pay the talented photographers a call by clicking on their pictures. Kerry Dexter, our musical partner for the Road Trip (I almost said our Disc Jockey) will have suggestions for music to play as you drive through Iowa. Click on over to Music Road and see what she recommends.
If my plans are still on track, I’ll be home today! But I have not missed a thing, have I??