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25 Years Ago Today, We Heard Inspirational Words 'Build It And He Will Come' In 'Field Of Dreams' (VIDEO)

23/04/2014 15:11 BST | Updated 23/04/2014 15:59 BST

25 years ago today... Kevin Costner heard what are surely among some of the most inspirational words heard on the big screen.

In his role as farmer Ray Kinsella in 'Field of Dreams', Kevin hears a voice in his head telling him, "If you build it, he will come."

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Kevin Costner plays a man with a dream...

He envisages a baseball diamond in front of him, and persuades his wife to let him replace his corn with a baseball field.

Initially, of course, nothing happens but, just as the couple are on the verge of financial ruin, a man appears on the field ready to play baseball. He turns out to be Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), a player idolised by Ray's father. Soon other players join him in the field, and Ray is eventually able to ease the pain of the troubled relationship he had with his father.

Kevin Costner's character Ray was referring to a baseball field, but millions of fans have, ever since, grabbed those words and used them to apply to their own fields of dreams, in whatever capacity they may need.

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And they did indeed come, led by Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta)

The film was released on this day in 1989, was nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture, and went on to triumph at the box office, enjoying recommendations after an initial limited release. It helped secure Kevin Costner's position as one of the top box office stars of his generation.

The following year, he went on to build 'Dances With Wolves', and they did indeed come, scoring him Oscar glory with his directorial debut.

Unfortunately, he also went on to build 'Waterworld' and they didn't exactly come for that one, more accurately they stayed away in their droves, but hey... what are we without our dreams?

Kevin's inspirational speech in 'Field of Dreams' qualifies for our brand new Culture of Kindness section - our Huffington Post UK page dedicated to all TV shows and films that have kindness at their core - that celebrate warmth and generosity between us humans, and give a voice to those from whom we often overlook. See what other treasures we've found here...

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