And people did come – thousands of them – for “Field of Dreams” 25th Anniversary Celebration this past weekend. Fans from around the world and celebrities, too – including the movie’s star, Kevin Costner – all making the trip to Dyersville, Iowa to spend time at the site where the movie was filmed 26 years ago. To mark the 25th anniversary of the film’s release, celebrities and fans gathered on the field Friday night to watch the movie together on the big screen. At a press conference on Saturday, Costner told the crowd that was a special moment, especially since it was the first time he got to watch the movie with his three young children.
A couple other members of the cast were there, too… Actor Timothy Busfield, who played Costner’s skeptical brother-in-law in the movie, says they never expected “Field of Dreams” would become such an iconic movie.
Dwier Brown, the actor who played Costner’s father in the movie, appears in one of the most emotional moments of the film. But Brown says the scenes he likes best are the ones that made you laugh.
NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas was also in Dyersville for the film’s anniversary celebration. And he’s got his favorite moments from “Field of Dreams” too.
The cast and crew took part in a celebrity softball game at the field Saturday, along with other celebrities, such as actors Colin Egglesfield and Joel Murray, actress Kristy Swanson, model Kim DeJesus and baseball greats Bret Saberhagen and Glendon Rusch. Rusch told KMCH it was an incredible experience.
Thousands of fans filled the bleachers and sat along the entire perimeter of the field to watch the game, which even included an appearance by the Ghostplayers. The Ghostplayers, all local guys who dress up as old White Sox ball players (just like the movie), played with Costner’s three kids as Costner and his wife watched and smiled. Denise Stillman, who now owns the “Field of Dreams” farm and movie site, says it was a special weekend for Costner.
And it was a special weekend for fans of the movie, too.
Doug May drove several hours from Woodburn, Iowa to come to the field. He was taking in a game of catch with his son Saturday after watching the screening of the movie Friday night.
And Tim Horn came all the way from Arizona to share this Father’s Day weekend with his son.
We’ll bring you Part 2 of this story tomorrow on KMCH, giving you a little insight of what it was like behind the scenes during the filming of “Field of Dreams”.
(Photo by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)