G. I. Jane is a 1997 American action film directed by Ridley Scott, produced by Largo Entertainment, Scott Free Productions and Caravan Pictures, distributed by Hollywood Pictures and starring Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen and Anne Bancroft; the film tells the fictional story of the first woman to undergo training in U. S. Navy Special Warfare Group, it opened to mixed reviews with Moore's performance receiving criticism and winning her the Razzie Award for Worst Actress. Although it made moderate profits earning $97.1 million against its $50 million budget, it was considered a box office disappointment. Following the debacle of Striptease the year the failure of G. I. Jane marked the end of Moore's career as a leading actress in Hollywood. A Senate Armed Services Committee interviews a candidate for the position of Secretary of the Navy. Senator Lillian DeHaven from Texas criticizes the Navy for not being gender-neutral. Behind the curtains, a deal is struck: If women compare favorably with men in a series of test cases, the military will integrate women into all occupations of the Navy.
The first test is the training course of the U. S. Navy Combined Reconnaissance Team. Senator DeHaven hand-picks topographical analyst Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil, because she is physically more feminine than the other candidates. To make the grade, O'Neil must survive a grueling selection program in which 60 percent of all candidates wash out, most before the fourth week, with the third week being intensive; the enigmatic Command Master Chief John James Urgayle runs the brutal training program that involves 20-hour days of tasks designed to wear down recruits' physical and mental strength, including pushing giant ship fenders up beach dunes, working through obstacle courses, hauling landing rafts. Given a 30-second time allowance in an obstacle course, O'Neil demands to be held to the same standards as the male trainees; the master chief observes O'Neil helping the other candidates by allowing them to climb on her back to make it over the wall obstacle course. Eight weeks into the program, during SERE training, the Master Chief ties her to a chair with her hands behind her back, grabs hold of her and slams her through the door picking her up off the floor he dunks her head in ice cold water in front of the other crew members.
O'Neil fights back, is successful in causing him some injury despite her immobilized arms. In so doing, she acquires respect from him, as well as from the other trainees. Navy leaders, confident that a woman would drop out, become concerned. Civilian media learn of O'Neil's involvement, she becomes a sensation known as "G. I. Jane." Soon she must contend with trumped up charges that she is a lesbian, is fraternizing with women. O'Neil is told that she will be given a desk job during the investigation and, if cleared, will need to repeat her training, she decides to "ring out" rather than accept a desk job. It is revealed that the photo evidence of O'Neil's alleged fraternization came from Senator DeHaven's office. DeHaven never intended for O'Neil to succeed. O'Neil threatens to expose DeHaven, who has the charges voided and O'Neil restored to the program; the final phase of training, an operational readiness exercise, is interrupted by an emergency that requires the CRT trainees' support. The situation involves a reconnaissance satellite powered by weapons-grade plutonium that fell into the Libyan desert.
A team of U. S. Army Rangers is dispatched to retrieve the plutonium, but their evacuation plan fails, the trainees are sent to assist the Rangers; the Master Chief's shooting of a Libyan soldier to protect O'Neil leads to a confrontation with a Libyan patrol. During the mission, O'Neil, using her experience as a topographical analyst, realizes when she sees the team's map that the Master Chief is not going to use the route the others believe he will in regrouping with the others, she displays a definitive ability in leadership and strategy while rescuing the injured Master Chief, whom she and McCool pull out of an explosives-laden "kill zone." With helicopter gunships delivering the final assault to the defenders, the rescue mission on the Libyan coast is a success. Upon their return, all those who participated in the mission are accepted to the CRT. Urgayle gives O'Neil his Navy Cross and a book of poetry containing a short poem, "Self-pity", by D. H. Lawrence, as acknowledgment of her accomplishment and in gratitude for rescuing him.
G. I. Jane received mixed reviews from critics, it holds a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. Demi Moore won the Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performance in the film; the film was considered a box office disappointment. G. I. Jane opened at # 1 grossing $11,094,241 its opening weekend. In its second weekend the film stayed at # 1, playing in 1,973 theaters. In the end the film played in a widest release of 2,043 theaters and grossed $48,169,156 domestically, falling short of its $50,000,000 budget; the film made a total of $97,169,156 worldwide. G. I. Jane was released on DVD on April 22, 1998; the only extra feature was a theatrical trailer. It was released on Blu-ray on April 3, 2007 with no extra features aside from trailers for other movies; the film was released on LaserDisc. The film grossed $22,122,300 in rentals. List of films featuring the Un
Matt Houston is an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1985. Created by Lawrence Gordon, the series was produced by Aaron Spelling. Matt Houston stars Lee Horsley as a wealthy mustachioed Texas oilman named Matlock "Matt" Houston who worked as a private investigator in Los Angeles in his abundant free time; the show stars Pamela Hensley as his lawyer sidekick, C. J. and George Wyner as his continuously frustrated business manager. During the show's third and final season, Buddy Ebsen joined the cast as Matt Houston's uncle, Roy Houston. Most episodes involved one of Matt Houston's close friends being murdered or involved in some criminal enterprise, requiring his assistance. C. J. had access to an Apple III computer named "Baby" that contained a remarkable database on all living and deceased persons, allowing her to provide all necessary information. Lee Horsley... Mattlock'Matt' Houston Pamela Hensley... C. J. Parsons John Aprea... Lt. Vince Novelli Harry Shepherd... Lamar Pettybone Dennis Fimple...
Bo Penny Santon... Mama Rosa Novelli Lincoln Kilpatrick... Lt. Michael Hoyt Buddy Ebsen... Uncle Roy Houston George Wyner... Murray Chase On March 9, 2010, CBS DVD released season 1 of Matt Houston on DVD in Region 1 for the first time. Season 2 was released June 16, 2017 and Season 3 was released on July 21, 2017. On May 4, 2015, it was announced that all three seasons of Matt Houston would be released the summer of 2015 by VEI, Inc; the release was pushed back and was released on July 15, 2016. Matt Houston on IMDb Matt Houston at TV.com Matt Houston episode guide DVD Review of Season One with production history
Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 screenplay and stars Kevin Costner, who produced it with Charles Gordon and John Davis, it was distributed by Universal Pictures. The setting of the film is in the distant future. Although no exact date was given in the film itself, it has been suggested that it takes place in 2500; the polar ice cap has melted, the sea level has risen over 7,600 m, covering nearly all of the land. The plot of the film centers on an otherwise nameless antihero, "The Mariner", a drifter who sails the Earth in his trimaran; the most expensive film made at the time, Waterworld was released to mixed reviews, praising the futuristic setting and premise but criticizing the characterization and acting performances. The film was unable to recoup its massive budget at the box office; the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Sound at the 68th Academy Awards.
The film's release was accompanied by a novelization, video game, three themed attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Singapore, Universal Studios Japan called Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular, all of which are still running as of 2019. Long after the melting of the polar ice caps in the 21st century, the sea levels have covered every continent on Earth; the remains of human civilization live on ramshackle floating communities known as atolls, having long forgotten about living on land. People believe; the Mariner, a lone drifter, arrives on his trimaran to trade dirt, a rare commodity, for other supplies. The atoll's residents see that the Mariner is a mutant with gills and webbed feet and decide to drown him in the atoll's recycling pit—a kind of liquid compost facility. Just the atoll is attacked by the Smokers, a gang of pirates seeking a girl named Enola who, according to their leader the Deacon, has a map to Dryland tattooed on her back. Enola's guardian, attempts to escape with Enola on a gas balloon with Gregor, an inventor, but the balloon is released too early.
Helen instead insists that he take the two of them with him. The three escape to open sea aboard the trimaran, they are pursued by the Smokers, though they escape, Helen's naïve actions result in damage to the Mariner's boat and he angrily cuts her hair, followed by Enola's hair for taking his crayons. Helen explains that she believes humans once lived on land and demands to know where the Mariner collected his dirt, he provides her with a diving bell and dives with her underwater, showing the remains of a city and the dirt on the ocean's floor, affirming Helen's belief. When they surface, they find that the Smokers have caught up to them, threatening to kill them if they do not reveal Enola, hiding aboard the boat; the Smokers abduct try to kill Helen and the Mariner. The Mariner takes Helen, they dive underwater to avoid capture, with the gilled Mariner helping Helen to breathe; when they surface, they find. Gregor manages to catch up to and rescue them, taking them to a new makeshift atoll inhabited by the survivors of the first attack.
The Mariner takes a captured Smoker's jet ski to chase down the Deacon aboard the hulk of the Exxon Valdez. With most of the Smokers below deck to row the tanker, the Mariner confronts the Deacon, threatening to ignite the reserves of oil still on the tanker unless he returns Enola; the Deacon calls the Mariner's bluff, knowing that would destroy the ship, but, to his surprise, the Mariner drops a flare into the oil. The lower decks of the ship are engulfed in flame, the ship starts to sink; the Mariner rescues Enola and escapes via a rope from Gregor's balloon with Helen and the Atoll Enforcer aboard. As the Mariner brings Enola to Helen, the Deacon manages to grab the rope to escape the sinking ship, he climbs aboard a jet ski. He fires upon shaking Enola from the balloon and into the ocean; as The Deacon and some of his men converge on Enola to capture her, The Mariner makes an impromptu bungee jump from the balloon to grab Enola right before the Deacon and his men collide and die in the explosion.
Sometime Gregor has been able to identify the tattoo on Enola's back as coordinates with reversed directions. Following the map, the Mariner, the Atoll Enforcer and Enola discover Dryland, the top of Mount Everest, filled with vegetation and wildlife, they find a crude hut with the remains of Enola's parents. Realizing he does not belong on Dryland, the Mariner decides that he cannot stay as the sea calls to him, he departs as Helen and Enola bid their goodbyes to him. The film marked the fourth collaboration between Costner and Reynolds, who had worked together on Fandango, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Rapa Nui, the latter of which Costner co-produced but did not star in. Waterworld was co-written by David Twohy, who cited Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior as a major inspiration. Both films employed Dean Semler as director of photography. During production, the film was plagued by a series of cost overruns and production setbacks. Universal authorized a budget of $100 million, but production costs ran to an estimated $175 million, a record sum for a film production at the time.
Filming took place in a large artificial seawater enclosure similar to that used
Jumpin' Jack Flash (film)
Jumpin' Jack Flash is a 1986 American spy action comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The film was directed by Penny Marshall in her theatrical film directorial debut; the soundtrack includes two versions of the song "Jumpin' Jack Flash": the original by the Rolling Stones, a remake by Aretha Franklin heard over the end credits. Franklin's version was released as a single. Teresa "Terry" Doolittle transfers funds for the First National Bank in New York, she does not quite fit with the bank's corporate image, despite being a good employee and well-liked by her co-workers. She is chastised by her no-nonsense boss James Page. Set against the backdrop of the pre-Glasnost Cold War, Terry receives the message, "Knock, Knock," and is contacted by a man calling himself "jumpin' Jack Flash" who turns out to be a British Intelligence agent in Eastern Europe, being pursued by the KGB. After being given a riddle for his password, Terry determines the password to be B-flat, after the key in which "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is written.
Jack sends her to the British Consulate to deliver the message "Dog's barking, can't fly without umbrella" to Department C. Despite feeling ludicrous, Terry delivers the message to Jeremy Talbot, puzzled and informs her there is no Department C. Jack asks her to enter his apartment in New York to retrieve a frying pan, on which are Jack's CIA contacts to acquire a passport. Meanwhile, Marty Phillips arrives at First National Bank as a new coworker and, unbeknownst to her, Terry is being watched. A computer technician shows up at the bank to repair her terminal, but when Terry calls Sperry Corporation to confirm his identity, the technician vanishes; as she enters the taxi upon leaving Jack's apartment, she is frightened to find him as the driver. His plan to abduct her fails when she flees the cab. Using the contacts on the frying pan, Terry attempts unsuccessfully to contact Peter Caen, but does reach Mark Van Meter, who meets her at the docks. After being stunned to realize Terry is a civilian and has no relationship at all with the intelligence community, Van Meter notices they are being watched and pushes Terry off the docks and into the East River to save her life, but is shot and killed himself.
The police dismiss Terry's claim of the murder and Marty comes to the station and takes her home. After finding a listing in the local obituaries, Terry goes to Van Meter's funeral, where she meets Liz Carlson, the wife of Harry Carlson, one of Jack's contacts and another of his contacts, Archer Lincoln. Terry tries to talk to Lincoln. Liz gives her some information about Jack and her husband; when Terry tells him about the meeting that night, they both deduce that Harry has been killed. Jack tells her how to break into the British Consulate central computer. Conning her way in under the guise of an entertainer, she manages to enter the mainframe with help from Liz, there, but Talbot finds and deactivates the computer link before Jack receives a contact. Terry goes to Liz's house for help, only to find it deserted; as Terry leaves, she is approached by Archer Lincoln, who informs her that Liz and the children have been relocated and given new identities by the CIA. He tells Terry to "get off the stage before she gets carried off".
Going through one of Jack's romantic contacts, Sarah Billings, Terry is rebuffed and captured by the KGB, who lock her in a phone booth and drag her around the city. After escaping when the booth is knocked over, Terry is injected with truth serum by the computer tech, this time posing as a police officer, but escapes after trapping his arm in a car window and rolling the car into traffic. In a drug-induced haze, Terry makes an impassioned plea for her help. Sarah tells Terry. A disgusted Terry walks out, she stumbles into work and, after embarrassing Mr. Page by yanking off his hairpiece in front of the entire office, passes out. Terry awakens at home and is dropped in on by Sarah, who has had a change of heart and gives her a contact. After passing the contact to Jack, she is again captured by the KGB and learns that Talbot is a KGB mole and the contact he provided is a setup to kill Jack. After nearly being tortured with a reciprocating saw, Terry escapes and frightens the embassy receptionist into calling the police, who escort her away from Talbot.
After realizing the police are unwilling to let her go to warn Jack and are arresting her, Terry blinds the driver and escapes from the crashed police cruiser. She rushes to the bank to warn Jack, but the KGB and Talbot are there, masquerading as bankers. Terry is ordered to tell Jack nothing's wrong, but she tricks Talbot into sitting on a chair adjusted for a pregnant employee, causing him to fall over. One of Talbot's henchmen opens fire on the office with an Uzi. Terry manages to type out her warning about the contact being a setup to Jack, but Talbot grabs her before she can send it and the two begin fighting. Talbot's other henchman, grabs Terry and is about to kill her when he is shot by Marty. After Marty shoots the gunman, Terry manages to bite Talbot's groin and send Jack the message as Talbot collapses, saving him. Marty reveals to Terry that he is Peter Caen, one of the CIA conta
American Jews, or Jewish Americans, are Americans who are Jews, whether by religion, ethnicity or nationality. The current Jewish community in the United States consists of Ashkenazi Jews, who descend from diaspora Jewish populations of Central and Eastern Europe and comprise about 90-95% of the American Jewish population. Most American Ashkenazim are US-born, with a dwindling number of now elderly earlier immigrants, as well as some more recent foreign-born immigrants. During the colonial era, prior to the mass immigration of Ashkenazim and Portuguese Jews represented the bulk of America's small Jewish population, while their descendants are a minority today, they along with an array of other Jewish communities represented the remainder of American Jews, including other more recent Sephardic Jews, Mizrahi Jews, various other ethnically Jewish communities, as well as a smaller number of converts to Judaism; the American Jewish community manifests a wide range of Jewish cultural traditions, encompassing the full spectrum of Jewish religious observance.
Depending on religious definitions and varying population data, the United States has the largest or second largest Jewish community in the world, after Israel. In 2012, the American Jewish population was estimated at between 5.5 and 8 million, depending on the definition of the term, which constitutes between 1.7% and 2.6% of the total U. S. population. Jews have been present in the Thirteen Colonies since the mid-17th century. However, they were small in number, with at most 200 to 300 having arrived by 1700; those early arrivers were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, of Western Sephardic ancestry, but by 1720 Ashkenazi Jews from Central and Eastern Europe predominated. The English Plantation Act 1740 for the first time permitted Jews to become British citizens and emigrate to the colonies. Despite some being denied the ability to vote or hold office in local jurisdictions, Sephardic Jews became active in community affairs in the 1790s, after achieving political equality in the five states where they were most numerous.
Until about 1830, South Carolina had more Jews than anywhere else in North America. Large-scale Jewish immigration commenced in the 19th century, when, by mid-century, many German Jews had arrived, migrating to the United States in large numbers due to antisemitic laws and restrictions in their countries of birth, they became merchants and shop-owners. There were 250,000 Jews in the United States by 1880, many of them being the educated, secular, German Jews, although a minority population of the older Sephardic Jewish families remained influential. Jewish migration to the United States increased in the early 1880s, as a result of persecution and economic difficulties in parts of Eastern Europe. Most of these new immigrants were Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi Jews, most of whom arrived from the poor diaspora communities of the Russian Empire and the Pale of Settlement, located in modern-day Poland, Belarus and Moldova. During the same period, great numbers of Ashkenazi Jews arrived from Galicia, at that time the most impoverished region of the Austro-Hungarian empire with a heavy Jewish urban population, driven out by economic reasons.
Many Jews emigrated from Romania. Over 2,000,000 Jews landed between the late 19th century and 1924, when the Immigration Act of 1924 restricted immigration. Most settled in the New York metropolitan area, establishing the world's major concentrations of Jewish population. In 1915 the circulation of the daily Yiddish newspapers was half a million in New York City alone, 600,000 nationally. In addition thousands more subscribed to the numerous weekly papers and the many magazines. At the beginning of the 20th century, these newly arrived Jews built support networks consisting of many small synagogues and Landsmanshaften for Jews from the same town or village. American Jewish writers of the time urged assimilation and integration into the wider American culture, Jews became part of American life. 500,000 American Jews fought in World War II, after the war younger families joined the new trend of suburbanization. There, Jews became assimilated and demonstrated rising intermarriage; the suburbs facilitated the formation of new centers, as Jewish school enrollment more than doubled between the end of World War II and the mid-1950s, while synagogue affiliation jumped from 20% in 1930 to 60% in 1960.
More recent waves of Jewish emigration from Russia and other regions have joined the mainstream American Jewish community. Americans of Jewish descent have been disproportionately successful in many fields and aspects over the years; the Jewish community in America has gone from a lower class minority, with most studies putting upwards of 80% as manual factory laborers prior to World War I and with the majority of fields barred to them, to the consistent richest or second richest ethnicity in America for the past 40 years in terms of average annual salary, with high concentrations in academia and other fields, today have the highest per capita income of any ethnic group in the United States, at around double the average income of non-Jewish Americans. In 2016, Modern Orthodox Jews had a median household income of $158,000, while Open Orthodox Jews had a median household income at $185,000. Scholars debate whether the favorable historical experience for Jews in the United States has been such a unique experience as to validate American exceptionalism.
Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic unbelievable events are met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are but not limited to, car chases and gunplay or shootouts; this genre is associated with the thriller and adventure genres, they may contain elements of spy fiction.
Some historians consider The Great Train Robbery to be the first action film. During the 1920s and 1930s, action-based films were "swashbuckling" adventure films in which actors, such as Douglas Fairbanks, wielded swords in period pieces or Westerns. Indian action films in this era were known as stunt films; the 1940s and 1950s saw "action" in a new form through cowboy movies. Alfred Hitchcock ushered in the spy-adventure genre while establishing the use of action-oriented "set pieces" like the famous crop-duster scene and the Mount Rushmore finale in North by Northwest; the film, along with a war-adventure called The Guns of Navarone, inspired producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to invest in their own spy-adventure, based on the novels of Ian Fleming; the long-running success of the James Bond films or series introduced a staple of the modern-day action film: the resourceful hero. Such larger-than-life characters were a veritable "one-man army"; such heroes are ready with one-liners and dry quips.
The Bond films used fast cutting, car chases, fist fights, a variety of weapons and gadgets, elaborate action sequences. Producer-Director John Sturges' 1963 film The Great Escape, featuring Allied prisoners of war attempting to escape a German POW camp during World War II, featuring future icons of the action genre including Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, is an example of an action film prototype. During the 1970s, gritty detective stories and urban crime dramas began to evolve and fuse themselves with the new "action" style, leading to a string of maverick police officer films, such as Bullitt, The French Connection and The Seven-Ups. Dirty Harry lifted its star, Clint Eastwood, out of his cowboy typecasting, framed him as the archetypal hero of the urban action film. In many countries, restrictions on language, adult content, violence had loosened up, these elements became more widespread. In the 1970s, martial-arts films from Hong Kong became popular with Western audiences and inspired big budget films such as Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon.
Chuck Norris blended martial arts with'cops and robbers' in films such as Good Guys Wear Black and A Force of One. From Japan, Sonny Chiba starred in his first martial arts movie in 1973 called the Karate Kiba, his breakthrough international hit was The Street Fighter series, which established him as the reigning Japanese martial arts actor in international cinema. He played the role of Mas Oyama in Champion of Death, Karate Bearfighter, Karate for Life. Chiba's action films were not only bounded by martial arts, but action thriller and science fiction. In the 1980s, Hollywood produced many big budget action blockbusters with actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Dudikoff, Charles Bronson and Bruce Willis. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas paid their homage to the Bond-inspired style with Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1982, veteran actor Nick Nolte and rising comedian Eddie Murphy broke box office records with the action-comedy 48 Hrs. credited as the first "buddy-cop" movie.
That same year, Sylvester Stallone starred in First Blood, the first installment in the Rambo film series which made the character John Rambo a pop culture icon. 1984 saw the beginning of the Terminator franchise starring Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This story provides one of the grittiest roles for a woman in action and Hamilton was required to put in extensive effort to develop a strong physique.1987's Lethal Weapon starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Darlene Love was another significant action film hit of the decade, another "buddy-cop" genre classic, launching a franchise that spawned 3 sequels. The 1988 film, Die Hard, was influential on the development of the action genre. In the film, Bruce Willis plays a New York police detective who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a terrorist take-over of a Los Angeles office building high-rise; the use of a maverick, resourceful lone hero has always been a common thread from James Bond to John Rambo, but John McClane in Die Hard is much more of an'everyday' person whom circumstance turns into a reluctant hero
Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama sports film written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe, it stars Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster in his final film role. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. In 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant". Ray Kinsella, a novice corn farmer, lives with his wife and daughter, Karin on their Iowa farm. In the opening narration, he discusses his troubled relationship with his late father, John Kinsella, a devoted baseball fan. While walking through his cornfield one evening, he hears a voice whispering, "If you build it, he will come." Ray sees a vision of a baseball diamond in his field. Annie is skeptical, but agrees to him plowing part of the corn under to build a baseball field, despite the financial repercussions it will cause.
As he builds, he tells Karin about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. Months pass and one night a uniformed man appears on the field who Ray recognizes as Shoeless Joe Jackson, a deceased baseball player his father idolized. Thrilled to play baseball again, Joe asks if others can play there and returns with the seven additional players who were banned in the 1919 scandal. Ray's brother-in-law, unable to see the players, warns that Ray will go bankrupt unless the corn is replanted. Meanwhile, Ray hears the voice again, this time urging him to, "ease his pain." Ray and Annie attend a PTA meeting where some local citizens want to ban books by radical author Terence Mann from the school, considering his work obscene. Ray believes the voice he heard was referring to Mann, who had named a character'John Kinsella' in one of his books. Ray comes across a magazine interview about Mann's childhood dream of playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers; when Ray and Annie both have an identical dream about Ray and Mann attending a baseball game together at Fenway Park, Ray seeks out Mann in Boston.
He persuades a reluctant Mann to attend a game with him at Fenway Park. While there, Ray hears the voice urging him to, "go the distance." At the same time, the scoreboard "shows" statistics for a player named Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, who played one game for the New York Giants in 1922, but never had a turn at bat. After the game, Mann admits he heard the voice and saw the name on the scoreboard. Ray and Mann travel to Chisholm and learn that Graham died sixteen years earlier and was a doctor. During a late-night walk around Chisholm, Ray finds himself back in 1972, he encounters the now-alive and elderly Graham, who states he moved on from baseball for a satisfying medical career. He declines Ray's invitation to fulfill his dream. While Archie is asleep in the back seat, Ray tells Mann that his father had dreamed of being a baseball star. Ray says he stopped playing catch with his father at age 14 after reading Mann's books about the White Sox scandal. At 17, he caused a rift with his father by claiming that Shoeless Joe was guilty while his father believed him innocent.
Ray regrets never reconciling with his father before his death. Arriving back at Ray's farm, they find. A game is played, Archie gets his turn at bat; the next morning, Mark demands that Ray sell the farm. Karin insists there is no need to sell it because people will pay to watch the ballgames. Mann agrees, saying that, "people will come," in order to relive their childhood innocence; when Ray again refuses to sell, a scuffle breaks out between him and Mark, during which Karin is accidentally knocked off the bleachers and is unresponsive. The young Graham runs from the field, knowing he is unable to return once leaving, becomes old Dr. Graham, complete with Gladstone bag, saves Karin from choking, he reassures Ray that he has no regrets about leaving the field and says his true calling was always medicine. After being commended by the other players, Graham disappears into the corn. Mark can see the players and urges Ray to keep the farm. After the game, Shoeless Joe invites Mann to enter the corn.
Ray is angry at not being invited, but Shoeless Joe rebukes him: if he wants a reward for having sacrificed so much he should stay on the field. Shoeless Joe glances towards a player at home plate, saying, "If you build it, he will come." The player removes his catcher's mask to reveal. Shocked, Ray realizes that, "ease his pain," referred to his father, believes that Shoeless Joe was the voice all along. Joe disappears into the cornfield. Ray introduces John to Karin; as John heads towards the cornfield, Ray asks. They play as Annie watches. Meanwhile, hundreds of cars can be seen approaching the baseball field, fulfilling Karin and Mann's prophecy that people will come to watch baseball; the identity of the actor who provided “The Voice”, who speaks to Ray throughout the film, has remained unconfirmed since the film’s release. It’s been believed by some to belong to film stars Costner or Liotta, while the book’s author W. P. Kinsella stated. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were extras in the Fenway Park scene.
Phil Alden Robinson read Shoeless Joe in 1981 and liked it so much that he brought it to pro