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Summer Catch (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 24 August 2001 (USA)
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A rich girl whose family summers on Cape Cod has a romance with a local poor boy who hopes to become a major league baseball player.

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Michael Tollin (as Mike Tollin)

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Kevin Falls (story), Kevin Falls (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Ryan Dunne
Jessica Biel ... Tenley Parrish
Fred Ward ... Sean Dunne
Matthew Lillard ... Billy Brubaker
Brian Dennehy ... John Schiffner
Jason Gedrick ... Mike Dunne
Brittany Murphy ... Dede Mulligan
Bruce Davison ... Rand Parrish
Marc Blucas ... Miles Dalrymple
Wilmer Valderrama ... Mickey Dominguez
Corey Pearson ... Eric Van Leemer
Christian Kane ... Dale Robin
Cedric Pendleton ... Calvin Knight
Gabriel Mann ... Auggie Mulligan
Jed Rhein Jed Rhein ... Pete (as Jed Robert Rhein)
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Storyline

Ryan Dunne, a nice high-school kid, who works hard mowing lawns for dad Sean's firm, is caught between loyalty to Sir, who cynically believes neither of his sons will even climb the social ladder, and big brother Mike, who scolds Ryan's lack of ambition to go all the way to be recruiter for for a baseball college scholarship, which Mike had to abandon due to a wound. To complicate matters, he falls in love with a snob client's daughter. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some drinking | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Catch See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,018,593, 26 August 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,693,891, 28 October 2001
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Three of the movie's cast include actor/actress who were in different series on the WB/ CW network. These include; Jessica Biel ("7th Heaven" as Mary Camden/ Mary Rivera); Marc Blucas ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as Riley Finn) and Christian Kane ("Angel" as Lindsey McDonald) See more »

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Near the beginning of the movie, the brief shot of the light stanchion clicking on (to illuminate the field for a night game) is actually a reversal of the actual footage. This was done for effect as mercury-vapor lights (commonly used in such applications) take some 4-7 minutes to achieve full brightness after being switched on. Now, they do (almost) go completely dark when turned off (with a faint glow lasting for a short while). If you view this closely, you'll notice that the lights are glowing at first and then snap up to full bright. See more »

Quotes

[Ryan's just been telling everyone that he "loves her"]
Ryan: [to Tenley] I love her.
Tenley: What?
Ryan: Oh! I mean you. I love "you".
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Alternate Versions

DVD release features 12 minutes of deleted scenes. See more »

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Over My Head
Written by Dan Wilson
Performed by Semisonic
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Enteprises
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Baseball is better without the romance
25 August 2001 | by knyventuraSee all my reviews

Summer Catch is a romantic comedy about a local college baseball player (Freddy Prinze Jr.) playing in the Cape Cod baseball league, who falls in love with a rich girl, Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel), who is home in cape cod for the summer and is going to leave to San Francisco to work for her rich uncle because her father told her to. The Cape Cod Baseball league is a league of the finest college baseball players who are bought together to play in a summer league using wooden bats. These players are usually close to making the Major League and getting paid. It is said that 1 out of 6 major league players has played in the Cape Cod league. Many scouts come to watch these games. Prinze plays the baseball player Ryan Dunne who is a Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde type pitcher. He always starts the game well but ultimately comes to the point where he loses his focus and blows it. Prinze is always seen as a failure to his father and his brother. They think that he will end up cutting grass for his father for the rest of his life. Jessica Biel, has rich parents and can have whatever she wants. She falls in love with Ryan Dunne and is caught between choosing her fathers wishes, moving to San Francisco and working for her uncle, or staying with Ryan whether he makes it to the big leagues or not. At first Ryan is not a hit with some of his teammates such as the Dodger Blue, Eric Van Leemer, who turned down a 2 million dollar contract. Eric acts kind of a character foil for Ryan. They are both off the wall pitchers, Eric has a glove that is different colors and has flames, while Ryan just blows up on the field but Ryan found his success in the end by working hard at it. Eric just always had the talent and never had to look deeper to find his pitching groove. But Ryan becomes good friends with his other teammates such as Billy "Bru" Brubaker, Miles Dalrymple and Mickey "Domo" Dominguez (Wilmer Valderama). The movie does have its funny moments such as the times that Ryan and Bru wear the thongs or how Domo's "baseball mother" loves the young cape cod baseball players and gives Domo his own private show which involves a cucumber (lets leave it at that). But baseball and love stories do not mix. The movies ending is horrible, just as the final baseball game gets to its climax, Ryan is 2 outs away from the baseball Mecca of achievements for a pitcher, a no-hitter, he leaves it for Tenley Parrish. I just feel that he should have at least pitched the no-hitter instead of taking himself out. In the end, Ryan Dunne did make the Major Leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies, and ironically, he still has the destruction point in the big leagues because he gives up a homer. After watching this movie, writers have found a way to turn the American pastime game of baseball into a chick flick.


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