Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball…
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 7.5/10 (26,335 voted)
David M. Evans
Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna
Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's 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.
Writers: David M. Evans, Robert Gunter
Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez
Hamilton 'Ham' Porter
Michael 'Squints' Palledorous
Alan 'Yeah-Yeah' McClennan
Brandon Quintin Adams
(as Brandon Adams)
Bertram Grover Weeks
Tommy 'Repeat' Timmons
James Earl Jones
(as Marlee Shelton)
Young Mr. Mertle
(as Garret Pearson)
A piece of paradise a half block wide and a whole summer long.
Release Date: 7 April 1993
Filming Locations: Dodger Stadium – 1000 Elysian Park Avenue, Chávez Ravine, Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Did You Know?
In the film Denis Leary's character adores both the Babe Ruth and 1927 Yankees signed baseballs, but in real life Leary is a fan of the Boston Red Sox and hates the Yankees.
The cakes that flies into the air when the beast is chasing Benny is obviously a different cake than the one that falls onto the chefs (at 01:84:23).
[Squints is about to tell a story]
Quiet! Are you trying to wake it up. It just went to bed!
What just went to bed?
Who's the Great Bambino?
The Sandlot is one of the greatest kids movies ever. It is a refreshing
break from the family movies of today that mostly concentrate on stories in
that upperclass Reiner-esque suburbanite setting of husband and wife and two
and a half obnoxious kids. Instead, The Sandlot falls into a line of
memorable adventures like 'House Arrest' and 'The Wizard.'
Flashback to the 1960s. Scotty Smalls, newcomer to the neighborhood,
narrates (in a Wonder Years way) the hilarious adventure of how he got he
and his baseball playing buddies into the biggest pickle ever. Smalls is the
shy brainy kid who makes friends with a bunch of baseball fanatics. While
learning the sport of baseball, he learns of an exaggerated legend of
something called 'The Beast,' otherwise known as Old Mr. Myrtle's junkyard
dog, which is chained up in the fence just behind the ballpark. The kids
like to play baseball. And the Beast likes to eat them. Not to give too much
away, but, "the pickle" that Scotty gets his friends into, involves a pretty
valuable baseball, one slobbering beast, and kids who try to do anything
they can to save their buddy from being grounded for an eternity. The mess
they get into and the junk they try to get themselves out is simply
hilarious. That, and the subplots of a clever move on a lifeguard and the
determination to show up some very obnoxious rival baseball players.
It's a funny, fantastic film that most kids will likely enjoy–the boys for
baseball and the girls for those noteable teen stars like Mike Vitar, Tom
Guiry, Chauncey Leopardi, and Will Horneff. It's loaded with laughs and good
time adolescents, despite Tom Guiry hamming it up only slightly. Plus, it's
got a good theme about friendship and drive and determination to do what you
want to do. I highly recommend it, if for nothing else, then the part where
Squints tells the story about the history of the beast.
I can see from the message boards as well as other viewer's comments that it
still has a rather memorable following, despite it's age. Definitely a must