'Field of Dreams' hosts 25th anniversary in Iowa

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014
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DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — 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, South Dakota, 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 corn field 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.

Twenty-five years later, 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.

"I'm glad to be here with friends and old acquaintances and making some new ones, and for my children to be a part of this," Costner said. "It's certainly a high mark for me, this little movie, and it remains so."

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