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It's hard to believe that "The Sandlot" is 20 years old. It seems like just yesterday that the world got to follow along with the adventures of Smalls, Squints, Benny the Jet and the rest of the boys. That may be because the timeless movie still feels as relevant as it ever does, and with good reason.
Zap2it sat down to talk to the cast, as well as writer/director David M. Evans about the staying power of the movie, special memories from back then and showing it in ballparks 20 years later.
"I don't think any of us saw any of this coming. I don't think there's a way to predict something like this happening," Marty York (Yeah-Yeah) says. "It's like catching lightning in a bottle." Some of the cast still gets recognized from the movie, Art Lafleur perhaps more than any other.
Though he had just one scene, in »
For fans of The Sandlot, it was a bit of a bummer to hear that one of the stars from the popular 1993 baseball movie, Tom Guiry, had been arrested for head-butting a cop. But that's just what went down last weekend when the Houston Police Department was contacted by United Airlines at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport about a passenger that appeared to be too drunk to fly. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the 31-year-old actor had indeed had one too many. Guiry began to threaten the officers and was placed under arrest, during which time he head-butted a cop in the face and was subsequently charged with felony assault of a public servant. Ah, but for every Tom Guiry, there's a »
Say it with us now: "You're killing me, Smalls!"
Thomas Guiry, who played Scotty Smalls in the iconic baseball movie "The Sandlot," was arrested on Saturday (Aug. 3) after head-butting a police officer at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, TMZ reports.
Apparently, a United Airlines employee deduced that Guiry was too intoxicated to fly and contacted an airport cop, who approached the actor and provided him with two options: A public intoxication arrest or the drunk tank.
According to the website's law enforcement sources, Guiry then become belligerent and verbally abusive, making threats against the officer. After allegedly trying to kick the cop in the face, he landed the headbutt.
Guiry was subdued and handcuffed. He now faces a charge of felony assault on a police officer. The actor posted the $5,000 bail and was released. »
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
It may be hard to believe, but "The Sandlot" is now 20 years old, after releasing in April 1993. To celebrate, the writer/director David M. Evans has organized a ballpark tour with some of the movie's cast.
The tour began in April in New Jersey and is slowly making its way around the country, before ending September 21 in Georgia. One of it's more notable stops will be September 1, when they go to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Perhaps the most important date on the tour, which includes a fan meet and greet along with screenings of the movie, happened July 20 in Glendale, Utah. Evans was joined by Patrick Renna (Hamilton "Ham" Porter), Chauncey Leopardi (Michael "Squints" Palledorous) and Shane Obedzinski (Tommy "Repeat" Timmons) in the original "Sandlot" filming location for a celebration.
No "Smalls" or Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez for this gathering, but fans of the movie didn't mind. Renna even »
To celebrate the film’s whopping 20th anniversary, the beloved boys of The Sandlot reunited for a U.S. tour. Patrick Renna (Hamilton “Ham” Porter), Shane Obedzinski (Tommy “Repeat” Timmons) and Chauncey Leopardi (Michael “Squints” Palledorous), along with writer/director David M. Evans, have been hitting sandlots across the country, and this past weekend, the gang headed to Salt Lake City, Utah, where a large part of the movie was filmed. Salt Lake City was the most recent stop on the tour, which includes appearances in cities such as Los Angeles and Dayton, Ohio. Unfortunately, the movie’s leads, Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez »
Can you believe it's been 20 years since Benny pickled The Beast?! Most of the all-grown-up cast of The Sandlot reunited over the weekend at the Salt Lake City baseball diamond where so many of the 1993 film's most memorable scenes were shot. Benny showing Smalls how to catch, Benny showing Smalls how to throw, Benny bashing the crap out of their only ball... Photos: Child stars who turned out all right Speaking of Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez and Scotty Smalls, Mike Vitar—who's now a fireman—and Tom Guiry (who most recently appeared on Elementary) were not there. (Nor was Bertram because, well, nobody every saw him again.) But »
The 20th Anniversary Edition of The Sandlot is now available on DVD & Blu-ray! To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy to one lucky reader!
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It’s the early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) has just moved into town with his folks (Karen Allen and Denis Leary). Kids call him a dork—he can’t even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. »
- Movie Geeks
It's sort of shocking to think that it's been 20 years since "The Sandlot," the charming, coming-of-age baseball movie, was released theatrically, but it's the sad, sad truth. And to celebrate the anniversary, director David Mickey Evans (who went on to a prestigious directing career that included such immortal classics as "National Lampoon's Barely Legal" and "Ace Venture Jr.: Pet Detective") has been touring the movie nationwide, we assume in an Rv that's shaped like the giant, fearsome dog in the movie. Evans recently stopped by a Minnesota Twins with two of the movie's original stars, who took pictures and were awkwardly interviewed on Fox Sports.
Patrick Renna, who played Ham, and Chauncey Leopardi (wait, that's really his name?), who are now 34 and 31, got to tour the Twins' locker room, which probably meant they saw a lot of dongs, and were even invited into the coach's office. No word yet »
- Drew Taylor
It's like they never left The Sandlot!Patrick Renna and Chauncey Leopardi recently reunited at a Minnesota Twins game, and you wouldn't think 20 years had passed since they played Ham and Squints in the 1993 baseball comedy. They still look the same - as baby-faced as ever! The pair - Renna is now 34, and Leopardi 31 - have been seeing more of each other this summer as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of the coming-of-age movie. David Mickey Evans, who directed the film and its 2005 sequel, is traveling the country hosting screenings of the original - including a stop at Target Field in Minneapolis last month. »
- Tim Nudd
Whether it be the story of an awkward teen writing his first article for Rolling Stone or a cautionary tale about a girl who gets too wrapped up in an adult romance, coming-of-age films are one of my favorite genres. This week I'm celebrating them by putting your cinematic skills to the test. How many pictures can you match to the correct movie title? Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: The Sandlot Kids Juno Dazed and Confused »
- Maggie Pehanick
Shelton popped up on the AMC series as Joan's friend Kate, who surprised everyone's favorite ginger and took her out for a psychedelic evening. The veteran actress has had parts in a variety of TV and film projects, including "Pleasantville," "Sugar & Spice," "Never Been Kissed," and "The Sandlot," where she played lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn, the object of desire for many of the young boys.
"Mad Men" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. Et on AMC.
- Chris Harnick
“You’re killin’ me, Smalls.” That phrase echoes in memories of many people who grew up in the 1990s. It is a quote from one of cinema history’s greatest sports comedies. That comedy of course is 1993’s The Sandlot now celebrating its 20th anniversary on dazzling Blu-ray. All the fun, laughter and excitement can be experienced again and again this time in crystal-clear high definition.
For those who aren’t familiar with the film, it takes place in a California suburb during the summer of 1962 and revolves around Scott “Scotty” Smalls. Played by Tom Guiry (Mystic River), Smalls is a young boy who has recently moved to the neighborhood with his mother and stepfather. While there, he befriends a group of other young boys who play baseball in an abandoned lot named, you guessed it: “The Sandlot”. All is well until they hit a baseball into a nearby backyard »
- Randall Unger
David Mickey Evans is, of course, known as the director of the cult classic, “The Sandlot.” The film is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, and ShockYa was happy to get the chance to interview Evans about the film as well as his new book, “The King of Pacoima.” The 20th Anniversary Edition of “The Sandlot” is available now. You can learn more about “The King of Pacoima” at Evans’ website. How did you come up with the idea for “The Sandlot”? David Mickey Evans: When I was a kid my little brother jumped a fence to get a baseball. There was a vicious dog that lived there named Hercules. My [ Read More ]
According to TMZ, Leopardi and his wife Stefani separated in 2003, but his estranged wife officially filed the divorce documents last month. Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the film's original release. In perhaps one of Leopardi's most famous scenes, Squints jumps off the diving board at the local pool -- even though he can't swim -- so that he can get mouth-to-mouth from the beautiful lifeguard, Wendy Peffercorn (see clip below).
Click through the slideshow for more on "The Sandlot" and 18 other beloved baseball movies:
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- Kelsey Borresen
Chicago – 1993 will be nostalgically remembered by many members of my generation as the summer of “Jurassic Park” and the spring of “The Sandlot.” If you were a movie-loving kid during this year, it’s highly likely both of these films occupied a corner of your imagination. I clearly remember how the junkyard dog, dubbed by neighborhood pals in “The Sandlot” as “the Beast,” seemed as terrifying as any T-Rex.
Since I was seven years old in 1993, my parents wouldn’t allow me to be traumatized by Spielberg’s monster movie (I later saw it on VHS during a snow day, and was absolutely spellbound). But I did see “The Sandlot,” and prided myself on being able to handle the gleefully scary scenes where a group of boys attempts to snatch a prized baseball from the jaws of the Beast. Viewed 20 years later, I now see why it was so effortless »
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"The Sandlot" star Chauncey Leopardi's marriage has gone to the dogs -- just like that Babe Ruth baseball -- but turns out, it's been a long time coming, TMZ has learned. Chauncey -- who played "Squints", the lucky kid who locked lips with Wendy Peffercorn -- married a woman named Stefani back in 2000. She filed for divorce last month. But the couple hasn't been together for a while ... Stefani tells us they separated way »
- TMZ Staff
What, you're too good for a kiddy movie about baseball? You're killing me, Smalls.
Let's start with the most shocking statistic of all: This is the third baseball movie I've considered for "Best Movie Ever?" status. Unsettling, right? A League of Their Own and The Bad News Bears are worthy candidates, but it's still dubious news. I didn't even pick the baseball movie with Glenn Close in it! Why, Louis, why?! (That movie is terribly boring is why. Even Glenn thinks her role was "orbitally written." Also, Robert Redford does nothing for me. Or You. Unless he's directing Timothy Hutton to break our hearts, of course.)
The Sandlot is a juvenile movie with a buttery nostalgic glow, but its starring team of ragtag 12-year-olds is never saccharine, corny, or phony. These kids chew tobacco, use swear words, and embarrass themselves constantly, and therefore The Sandlot is a very effective, nostalgic »
It's been 20 years since Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez decided to lace-up his P.F. Flyers and "pickle The Beast." Sunday, April 7 marks the original 1993 release date of "The Sandlot," the classic that celebrates the joys of baseball, summer, and a child's wild imagination. The movie centers around new kid Scotty Smalls and the make-shift baseball team he joins -- despite never having picked up a baseball -- that plays every day at the same sandlot. After a homerun leaves them with no ball to play with, their summer takes an unexpected turn and puts them face-to-face with the kid-eating dog they've dubbed "The Beast." In honor of the anniversary of one of the greatest baseball tales ever told, here are the 20 things we love most about "The Sandlot." 20. It provides the ultimate in summer nostalgia. One of the many reasons why "The Sandlot" holds sentiment for so many people is »
- Dana Taddeo
Want to feel ancient? Smalls from "The Sandlot" isn't so small anymore -- and he's even got kids!Tom Guiry, who played Scotty Smalls in the 1993 flick, chatted with toofab's Brittany Kyles while promoting the film's 20th Anniversary Blu-ray release -- where he opened up about making the movie, working with The Beast and one infamous line.Check out the full interview with Tom below, plus see what he and the rest of the cast have been up to since the movie's release in the gallery above. Do you still get recognized?I get "Your killing me, Smalls" at least 2 or 3 times day. I do get recognized for "Sandlot" the most, which I think is hilarious, now 20 years later. I guess it's good though, means I still look young!What's your best memory of working on the movie?Oh my gosh, there are so many of them. I'd have to »
- tooFab Staff
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