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The Sandlot (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 7 April 1993 (USA)
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In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Babe (as Art La Fleur)
... Scotty Smalls
... Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez
... Hamilton 'Ham' Porter
... Michael 'Squints' Palledorous
... Alan 'Yeah-Yeah' McClennan
... Kenny DeNunez (as Brandon Adams)
... Bertram Grover Weeks
... Tommy 'Repeat' Timmons
Victor DiMattia ... Timmy Timmons
... Bill
... Mom
... Mr. Mertle
... Wendy (as Marlee Shelton)
Herb Muller ... Young Mr. Mertle
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Storyline

Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. Rodriguez, the neighborhood baseball guru, takes Smalls under his wing - soon he becomes part of the local baseball buddies. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast, and the kids inevitably must deal with him. Written by Dan Urson

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A piece of paradise a half block wide and a whole summer long. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some language and kids chewing tobacco | See all certifications »

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7 April 1993 (USA)  »

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The Sandlot Kids  »

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$32,416,586
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2.39 : 1
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The Vincent Drug store that is seen when Smalls first goes to the "Sandlot" was also used five years earlier in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) when Rachel and her friend take Jamie to pick out a costume. It was also used the next year in Halloween 5 (1989): The Revenge of Michael Myers in the scene where the Man in Black steps off a bus and makes his way through town. See more »

Goofs

The sound of a ball hitting a metal bat is sometimes used even though the kids are using wooden bats. See more »

Quotes

Ham Porter: *play ball!* Hurry up, batter. This better be a short game, I gotta get home for lunch.
[Pitcher pitches and the batter fails to even swing]
Ham Porter: Haha, that's one.
[cuts to new pitch]
Ham Porter: [to the batter] You know, if my dog was as ugly as you. I'd shave his butt and tell him to walk backwards.
[cuts to new pitch]
Ham Porter: Here it comes, it's coming, I tell ya. *Strike three*
[Porter puts the batter off, he swings and misses]
Ham Porter: *You're out!"
[cuts to new pitch]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening 20th Century Fox logo plays in complete silence. See more »

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Referenced in Making Out (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
Written by Katharine Lee Bates (uncredited) and Samuel A. Ward (uncredited)
Arranged and Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Ray Charles Enterprises
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Likable family film with plenty of amusing moments and the young cast are appealing.
7 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Tommy Smalls (Tom Guiry) is the new kid, who moved with his mother (Karen Allen) and his stepfather (Denis Leary) is a suburbans area of Salt Lake City in the summertime. When Smalls becomes curious with a group of kids (Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Quintin Adams, Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski and Victor DiMattia), who plays Baseball all day long in a old baseball field. Smalls is hoping to play with them but he knows nothing about the game. When he tries to play, he's quite bad at all. He can't even throw a ball to the catchers. When he becomes friend with the leader of the game and Smalls starting to like the game. But when his stepfather goes away for business, Smalls take a baseball from his stepfather trophy room. Which without realizing that the ball, he took from the room is actually signed by the Baseball Legend "Babe Ruth". Smalls hits his first home run, the ball went over the fence of a old house. But that old house, it has an mean-spirited junkyard dog. Which the kids called him "The Beast". Now the kids have to help Smalls to get the ball back before his stepfather comes back from the business trip.

Directed by David M. Evans (First Kid) made an likable family comedy that plenty of funny moments, a good cast and a lot of imagination. The narration of the film will certainly make you remember of the late Bob Clark film "A Christmas Story", although the narration of "The Sandlot" is sightly heavy-handed at times. This film has a surprise hit, when it was release in the spring of 1993. Fox had another fantasy film about Baseball, which it was "Rookie of the Year". James Earl Jones, Art LaFleur and a young Marley Shelton have memorable bit parts in this pleasant comedy as well.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer (Also in Pan & Scan) and an good Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD also includes an featurette, trailer and TV spots. This film went on to be an modest classic over the year. All the kids have their moments, especially Renna and Leopardi have their comedic moments. The movie slows down a bit during the second act. But it's well made and this picture pleases everyone as well. It's one of the better family movies of the 1990's. Don't miss it. Co-Written by the director. Arliss Howard appears Unbilled. Followed by Two Direct to DVD's. Joe-Dunton-Camera Scope (J-D-C Scope). (****/*****).


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