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It's been 25 years since the classic baseball movie "Field of Dreams" hit theaters. Now, more people than ever are descending on the movie site in Dyersville, Iowa to mark the milestone.

Don Larson is one of thousands visiting the "Field of Dreams" in Dyersville this summer.

"When I found out about it, I said I wasn't going to miss it for anything," Larson said.

Crowds of people are here because this year marks the 25th anniversary of the memorable film.

"It's not just a movie, it's a happening," Larson said. "It's a coming together of people from all over the country."

It's a movie that resounds with so many Americans just like Don.

"Field of Dreams is one of my favorite all-time movies," Larson said.

"Field of Dreams" is of course about baseball but it's also about second chances and about family relationships which aren't always easy.

Don says he didn't have a great relationship with his own father.

"My dad never played catch with me, never," he said. "It just tears me up."

But the movie? It helped Don get past all that and meeting Dwier Brown, the man who played Kevin Costner's father in "Field of Dreams" is giving Don the closure he needs to accept the relationship he had with his dad.

"There's nothing I can do about his father never giving him a hug, or playing catch with him, but i can give him a hug," Brown said.

And the famous line that made Dwier's face so memorable?

"Well, I'm afraid I've heard that a few times," Brown said. "The truth is, I really don't mind. It's such a nice way to be recalled by people."

He says people ask him all the time.

"Do you want to have a catch? And they tell me some of the most unbelievable stories about how this movie helped them change their relationship with their father or their son and that's very rewarding," Dwier said.

The movie may not have *changed* don's relationship with his father, "He was just telling me that his dad never played catch with him and he was obviously very emotional about it."

But talking to the man who played catch with his son in the movie "Field of Dreams" will have a positive and lasting impact on don's life.

"It's worth it. To meet the people and talk to them. To get a hug from him."

 

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