The Sandlot

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Overview

The Sandlot is sparsely narrated by the main character now an adult who occasionally drops in on the action to comment on events or help move the story along. Tom Guiry plays Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. But he doesn't know how to catch a baseball, and his stepfather Dennis Leary is too busy to teach him. He tries out for the sandlot gang anyway, and though he isn't very good, it turns out he's lucky:...
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Overview

The Sandlot is sparsely narrated by the main character now an adult who occasionally drops in on the action to comment on events or help move the story along. Tom Guiry plays Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. But he doesn't know how to catch a baseball, and his stepfather Dennis Leary is too busy to teach him. He tries out for the sandlot gang anyway, and though he isn't very good, it turns out he's lucky: there happen to be only eight of them, and nine makes a team. The summer passes blissfully as Scotty learns to play ball under the wing of Benny Rodriguez Mike Vitar, the oldest and best player, as well as Ham, Squints, Repeat, and the rest of the kid-eccentrics. The skies darken, however, when Benny literally knocks the stuffing out of the team's only baseball, a sign of impending doom, or worse, bad luck. Wanting to set things right, Scotty returns home and "borrows" his stepfather's ball, which he promptly uses to hit his first home run, knocking the ball clear out of the sandlot into mean old Mr. Mertle James Earl Jones's junkyard, home to Mertle's legendary guard dog The Beast. Scotty admits that he took the ball without asking, and he naively explains that his stepfather will want it back since it had a woman's name written on it: some lady named Babe Ruth. Horror-stricken, the sandlot gang mobilizes to fetch the autographed ball from the clutches of The Beast, building a series of mechanical ball-retrieval machines which get progressively more complicated and preposterous as The Beast's size grows in their imaginations.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Anthony Reed
A summertime counterpart to the wintry A Christmas Story (1983), The Sandlot is one of those quaint coming-of-age movies that looks back on childhood follies and adventures through rose-colored glasses. Also like A Christmas Story, The Sandlot is blessed with its own peculiar group of stereotypical characters who seem to be taken from everyone's childhood, and each tall tale seems taller than the next, warped in the same cleverly childlike way. In particular, the black-and-white silent movie sequence where we are shown how The Beast got so big and mean is a home run.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • UPC: 024543029250
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 440

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Guiry Scotty Smalls
Mike Vitar Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez
Patrick Renna Hamilton "Ham" Porter
Chauncey Leopardi Michael "Squints"' Palledorous
Karen Allen Mom
Marty York Alan "Yeah-Yeah" McClennan
Daniel Zacapa
Brandon Adams Kenny DeNunez
James Earl Jones Mr. Mertle
Grant Gelt Bertram Grover Weeks
Shane Obedzinski Tommy "Repeat" Timmons
Denis Leary Bill
Art La Fleur "The Babe"
Bob Apisa Home Plate Umpire
Keith Campbell Thief
Chuck Fick Giants Catcher
Cleve Hall Beast Puppeteer
Wil Horneff Phillips
Arliss Howard
Victor di Mattia Timmy Timmons
Herb Muller Young Mr. Mertle
Garret Pearson Police Chief
Shari Rhodes
Robbie T. Robinson 3rd Base Umpire
Marley Shelton Wendy
Dennis Williams Giants 3rd Baseman
Maury Wills Coach
Technical Credits
David Mickey Evans Director, Screenwriter
Mark Burg Executive Producer
Marc Dabe Art Director
Dale de la Torre Producer
William M. Elvin Asst. Director
Michael Ferris Cinematographer
William S. Gilmore Producer
Robert Gunter Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Chester Kaczenski Production Designer
David Newman Score Composer
Grania Preston Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Judi Sandin Set Decoration/Design
Timothy R. Sexton Consultant/advisor
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Cathleen Summers Executive Producer
D. Torre Producer
Cliff Wenger Special Effects
Chris Zarpas Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Legends (Main Titles) [2:10]
2. The New Kid [2:49]
3. The Sandlot Kids [4:17]
4. Mom's Advice [1:40]
5. A Lesson From Dad [3:29]
6. Meet the Gang [1:46]
7. The Weenie [6:08]
8. The Thing Behind the Fence [3:16]
9. Legend of the Beast [2:37]
10. Wendy Peppercorn [1:03]
11. Squint's Big Move [6:13]
12. The Fourth of July [2:51]
13. A Challenge [4:35]
14. The Hard Stuff [2:29]
15. An Omen [1:37]
16. The Babe's Ball [2:22]
17. Buying Some Time [2:56]
18. Primitive Attempts [3:13]
19. Sucking It up [2:30]
20. Hanging Out [1:27]
21. Science Against Nature [3:14]
22. Benny's Dream [3:37]
23. Benny & the Beast [3:48]
24. Saving the Beast [2:12]
25. Mr. Mertle's Deal [4:03]
26. Things Work Out [1:21]
27. The Gang Grows Up [1:53]
28. End Titles [3:14]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Legends (Main Titles) [2:10]
2. The New Kid [2:49]
3. The Sandlot Kids [4:17]
4. Mom's Advice [1:40]
5. A Lesson From Dad [3:29]
6. Meet the Gang [1:46]
7. The Weenie [6:08]
8. The Thing Behind the Fence [3:16]
9. Legend of the Beast [2:37]
10. Wendy Peppercorn [1:03]
11. Squint's Big Move [6:13]
12. The Fourth of July [2:51]
13. A Challenge [4:35]
14. The Hard Stuff [2:29]
15. An Omen [1:37]
16. The Babe's Ball [2:22]
17. Buying Some Time [2:56]
18. Primitive Attempts [3:13]
19. Sucking It up [2:30]
20. Hanging Out [1:27]
21. Science Against Nature [3:14]
22. Benny's Dream [3:37]
23. Benny & the Beast [3:48]
24. Saving the Beast [2:12]
25. Mr. Mertle's Deal [4:03]
26. Things Work Out [1:21]
27. The Gang Grows Up [1:53]
28. End Titles [3:14]
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Menu

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Side #2 -- Standard
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      Captions & Subtitles: English
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   Scene Selection
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      Theatrical Trailer
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      TV Spots
         TV Spot: "Adventure"
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         TV Spot: "Winners"
         TV Spot: "Summer"
         TV Spot: "Fun"
         TV Spot: "Midnight Review"
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Loved It!

    This movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen!
    The other two movie are fantastic!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    A REALLT GOOD MOVIE

    THIS IS ONE OF THOSE REAL GOOD MOVIES FUNNY AND ALSO A GREAT BASEBALL FILM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Adventure of a Lifetime!

    The Sandlot is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is one of those movies that almost everyone can relate to. The story is about a boy named Scotty who moves to a new neighborhood in the summer, knowing absolutely no one other than his mother and step-father. Finally, through the leadership of a boy from the neighborhood's "baseball gang," Scotty becomes best friends with eight other boys. Baseball brings them all together, creating an adventure of a lifetime. When I watched this movie, it made me think of my childhood and all of my fun and innocent childhood memories. Before alcohol and drugs became such a huge part of our society, people found other, more wholesome ways to have fun. The Sandlot does a great job in demonstrating this. This movie is family-friendly and fun to watch. The humor, the bit of romance and the overall adventures that these boys go through symbolizes true friendship. This movie shows the importance of the bond between friends and family. I love how these boys became closer, and a lot of this formation of friendships was because of their leader. It goes to show how one person can make a difference by being a good example to those around you. It sends a good message to children, that striving to be a leader is not a bad thing if you use your leadership skills for good. The music also complimented the movie and story. The soundtrack to this movie is awesome, especially with the talent of composer David Newman. Every song in the movie fits perfectly with each scene. The director, David Mickey Evans, does a great job in portraying each character as someone different and unique. Each character was convincing in their own roles and I feel they did their job in portraying the author's purpose. Although the characters were so different and did not necessarily have much in common, they all shared a common interest of baseball. Each boy had something unique about him, whether it was his intelligence, his shyness, his humor, his toughness, his athleticism, his leadership skills, or his interest in science. The acting was really good and I was impressed with all of the humor and spunk these young boys had. This movie was funny, adventurous, and unpredictable at times, but it left me with a happy feeling. This brotherly bond, formed among these nine boys, gives hope to people who feel alone that they do not have to be alone. The main character's background is very common among children. There are many unfortunate situations for children where parents are divorced or one parent dies. In these situations, the children tend to end up feeling alone. This movie is inspirational to many. There is one thing about the DVD itself that I do not like. There are not many features on the DVD, other than subtitles. Despite the lack of special features, extras, or commentary, this movie is a must-see! Overall I give this movie five stars, ten out of ten, and a big thumbs up. It has nothing but good qualities and is enjoyable to watch, so I encourage everyone to buy this movie. This is one of those movies where you can watch it over and over again, and it never gets old. I find myself smiling throughout most of the movie because it is very heartwarming. If there was one movie I would recommend to a kid, or even a family, it would definitely be The Sandlot.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great baseball movie for kids.

    My boys, 8 & 12 yr olds, and I laughed out loud during this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Absolute Classic

    I think this is the best family and sports movie ever! It's so original and fun to watch. This is deifinately a class :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Sandlot is a very cool movie a kid moves in a new town and has no friends his name is scott but he meets benny and the guys and they hang out and play baseball the part of the movie i like is when squints fakes drowing in the pool and wendy pepercorn saves him and he kisses her so she kicks him out the pool he's never allowed by the pool lol a great movie kids living in the 60's being good friends and playing ball

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic in any genre

    In any genre, this film has a great plotline of kids in the 60's before drugs, Vietnam and Watergate screwed up our idealism. This kind of captures that time and place where Scotty Smalls, the new kid on the block, is welcomed because he proves he has guts. I think that this movie is a classic and will outlive my generation and fuifill dreams for future generations of baseball generations if steroid doesn't destroy that grand culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its a great creative movie for kids and adults.

    The movie The Sandlot by: David Mickey Evans is a very good movie. I enjoy this movie every time i watch it. It is a very funny creative movie, for kidsand adults. I think people at all ages can enjoy this movie. It has a great story line with a whole bunch of great friends, who make a baseball field and play it everyday. Baseball is these kids life, they live and die by the sport. This was a great movie for all ages, and i enjoyed watching it alot. I would refer it to anyone who like a good laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a homerun hit for the whole family

    The Sandlot is one of me and my 19 year old brother's favorite kids movies of all time since we were little kids . Watch it , like it , buy it .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    With Smiles for Miles

    I love this movie! "Some lady named Babe Ruth", classic and halarious! Watch and enjoy. It's bound to be favorite "until forever".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2004

    AWESOME

    In school we voted to watch the sandlot, id never watched it before and I was like, *sigh*. But when we watched it is was such a good movie and I really liked the ending! I really wanna give it away but you have to see it for yourself I mean its soooooo cute! I wish there were more than five stars because this is the best movie EVER made!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't be an L7weenie!

    Omg! this movie is so funny and I love it so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Great Bambino

    Heart warming good clean fun adventures of a gang of kids that just want to hear the words Let's Play Ball! This film will definitely make you want to be a kid again back in the simplier days of summer, where the only really important things were 'do we have enough kids to play a game' and 'where can we scrap up enough money for another ball. '

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A laugh out loud warm hearted movie!!!!!!!!!

    The first time i wtached this awesome movie I almost laughed my brains out! This movie, too funny. My favorite thing about this movie is 'The beast'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Movie For the Ages (and for All Ages)

    This movie is completely enjoyable and utterly captivating. The actors are outstanding and the whimsical directing captures to a T the way we all used to view the world, once upon a time when we were children and the world was full of magic, wonder, and possibility. If baseball was an integral part of your childhood, as it was for mine, then this movie is especially recommended. No other movie has captured the true childhood dilemma of wanting to cheer a friend who just managed to tear the cover off a baseball, yet knowing that the most integral piece of equipment has just been destroyed! This is one of the best movies for and about kids to come along in quite awhile. A classic that will endure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very fun movie

    I love this movie, i have watched it several times over the years and it is just FUN... it makes u wanna be a kid again and enjoy all those good times that u had with ur friends in the summer heat... This movie is a must see, for all ages...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the bestest movie ever!!!!!!!!!!!1

    i love this movie so much!! it has been my favorite movie for the longest time - the characters are hilarious and realistic - the dialogue is so memorable - i watch it every weekend and it never gets old!! I LOVE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN RODRIGUEZ!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sandlot ROCKS!!!

    This movie is sooo CLASSIC!!! I've watched it over and over for years. It NEVER gets old!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a very light-hearted movie

    best movie for kids and adults alike. the movie is so simple everybody in the family will sure to love it. reminds of summer vacations where good and lasting friendships are forged. could be a sorry disappointment if you pass this one up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie Ever

    This movie is great...it shows the meaning of friendship and the love a teenager has for Baseball...He believes that Baseball is his Destiny...It's the best movie I have ever seen!!!

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