Let's talk about Terrance Mann in Field of Dreams.
Return to Board  •  Menu  •  BottomPage 1
Message
Let's talk about Terrance Mann in Field of Dreams.
Posted by Methuselah on 12/30 at 9:56 pm
I know this must have been talked about on here at some point in time. But I don't remember ever seeing a discusion and didn't find one with a search.

Anyway - this has been playing lately and we were watching it a day or so ago with the family. My father in law contends that Terrance Mann (the James Earl Jones charcter) was dead and that's why he was invited into the corn field

Both my wife and I never got that impression fromthe movie. But from a quick Google, there does seem to be some thought out there that he may hae died at some point in the movie or at least was embrasing death by going into the corn.

I'm pretty certain he wasn't dead at the beginning. The gas station guy that Ray bribes knew where he lived. And he talks to several peope in the little Minnesota town that knew Doc Graham. He even takes phone message from Ray' wife.

I guess there is a chance that he dies at some point later in the movie or that he is embrasing death by going into the corn with the players.

Any thoughts?



Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by jojothetireguy on 12/30 at 10:00 pm to Methuselah
I can see the embracing death part. But in no way did I think he was dead at any point in the film


Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by SG_Geaux on 12/30 at 10:05 pm to jojothetireguy
quote:

in no way did I think he was dead at any point in the film



Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by TigerMyth36 on 12/30 at 10:12 pm to SG_Geaux
Na! I never thought he was dead.

However, why then did they allow him to go with them if he wasn't? That never made much sense to me.




Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by PowerTool on 12/30 at 11:17 pm to TigerMyth36
The whole thing takes place in Kevin Costner's head while he's having some kind of mid-life breakdown thinking about his daddy, so I never put too much thought into why dead people and living people were shooting the shite together in a fricking corn field.


Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by PortCityTiger24 on 12/30 at 11:20 pm to TigerMyth36
quote:

However, why then did they allow him to go with them if he wasn't?


Because he was so well spoken.



Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by Mad_Mardigan on 12/30 at 11:25 pm to PortCityTiger24
It was all a dream


Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by Methuselah on 12/31 at 7:08 am to Mad_Mardigan
I've read that the guy that wrote the book did it in some kind of effort to get J.D. Sallinger to come out of reclusiveness. Apparently the book focused much more on the Mann character than the movie did and there were some changes in adopting it to the screen.

Who knows. I never really got the idea that it was all a dream though. That would be a bummer when he woke up and the farm was still pretty much in heavy debt. (I'm thinking it wasn't just building the baseball field that led to it's financial problems).



Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by PropJoe on 12/31 at 9:53 am to Methuselah
MOONLIGHT GRAHAM


Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by Socrates Johnson on 12/31 at 10:05 am to Methuselah
Haven't thought of this, but did find it puzzling that Mann was so trusting of a bunch of white baseball players with organized crime ties from the early 20th century.


Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by 12 on 12/31 at 10:50 am to Methuselah
They needed a token black guy.


Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by 19 on 12/31 at 11:05 am to 12
I guess it's possible that Mann had just expired before Costner knocked on his door...hence the bribed guy knowing where he lived (noone knew he was dead yet cuz recluse.)

but, since when did M Night shyamalan direct "Field of Dreams"?



Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by Tiger Ryno on 12/31 at 11:34 am to TigerMyth36
In the novel, the terrance mann character was actually JD Sallinger


Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by LSULEFTY on 12/31 at 7:24 pm to Tiger Ryno
his son reported him missing in the movie.


Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by BluegrassBelle on 12/31 at 7:49 pm to LSULEFTY
quote:

his son reported him missing in the movie.


Actually I believe it was his Dad that reported him missing.

And I never thought he was dead either. Just that he was embracing death by going into the corn.



Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by vuvuzela on 12/31 at 7:53 pm to LSULEFTY
He does kinda reappear in front of Costner's car in a ghostly way..."Ease his pain"

fricking fantastic movie



Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by LooseCannon22282 on 1/1 at 12:50 am to Methuselah
quote:

or that he is embrasing death by going into the corn with the players.



that is what I've always thought.

Really loved his dialouges in that movie

the part when he first meets Ray always cracks me up

Click

its edited for TV but its the only one I could find.



Reply  •  Back to Top
Posted by PortCityTiger24 on 1/1 at 10:01 am to PropJoe
quote:

MOONLIGHT GRAHAM


Is probably the only Minnesota native with a British accent.



Reply  •  Back to Top  •  Refresh
Return to Board
Jump to Page   

           Page 1 of 1           

 

 Message Boards
 Tiger Rant
 Score Board
 Recruiting Board
 SEC Rant
 SEC Score Board
 Saints Talk
 Saints Score Board
 Pelicans Talk
 More Sports Board
 Soccer Board
 O-T Lounge
 Tech Board
 Outdoor Board
 Movie/TV Board
 Music Board
 Political Talk
 Money Talk
 Fark Board
 Gaming Board
 Fantasy Sports
 Food and Drink Board
 Ticket Exchange
 Help Board
 

 News
 LSU
 More Sports
 Sports Lite
 

 Other Options
 >> Search
 

 SECRant.com Links
 SEC Rant
 SEC Recruiting
 SEC Tickets
 Off-Topic Board
 

 Geaux.com Dining Guide
 New Orleans
 Baton Rouge
 

 Site Features (Full Version)
 Home Page
 LSU Football Schedule
 Pick'em Home Page
 
Back to top
Sign In 
View in: Desktop
Copyright ©2014 TigerDroppings.com.