The Sandlot is a 1993 American comedy-drama sports film about a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. The film was filmed in Utah and directed by David M. Evans. It was released with the title The Sandlot Kids in Australia and the United Kingdom. The film is told through the perspective of Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry), who is reminiscing about the summer of 1962. Smalls moves with his mother (Karen Allen) and stepfather Bill (Denis Leary) to a new neighborhood outside Los Angeles and has a hard time making new friends. One afternoon, he decides to follow a group of neighborhood boys, and he watches them play an improvised game of baseball at a small field, which they call the "sandlot." Smalls is reluctant to join their game because he fears he will be ridiculed based on his inexperience. Nevertheless, he chooses to play with them, but fails to catch a simple fly ball and properly throw the ball back to his infielders. All the other players, except for Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), begin to laugh at Smalls for committing defensive miscues, prompting him to leave the sandlot in embarrassment. Benny, who is the best player in the neighborhood, shields Smalls from
Writer: David M. Evans, Robert Gunter
Director: David M. Evans
Producer: Mark Burg, William S. Gilmore, Cathleen Summers, Chris Zarpas, Robert Gunter, Dale De La Torre
Cast: James Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Tom Guiry, Art LaFleur, Brandon Adams, Grant Gelt, Mike Vitar, Marty York, Victor DiMattia, Shane Obedzinski
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The Sandlot will take you back to your childhood adventures. You'll remember scraped knees, the passion for dreams, and friendships that last.
This show has remained one of my favorites of all time. It will give you quotes to throw around with your friends for years to come.
See it, buy it, love it!June 5th, 2012 · Details3 Thanks ·
If you don't like this movie you're not an American, er or Cuban, or Japanese. Or any other place where one grows up playing baseball and hanging out with friends. Who doesn't say "you're killing me smalls"? Oh everyone uses that saying? Well it's cause of this movie.July 26th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
I love the Sandlot and its great one liners that you catch pretty much everyone saying at one time or another. However, watching it as a parent you realize just how much profanity is in it. Take that away though and its a great movie. I'd still see it with my kids, just wait until they are old enough to understand not to repeat those words and have that talk. I enjoy the story line and the way they capture the greatness of summer as a kid.July 19th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
This is a great movie to start summer vacation. It does have bad language, so I had to explain to my kids that TV kids get their mouths washed out with soap when the movie is over. The owner of The Beast was a nice surprise.July 17th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Classic! If you are going to watch any kid baseball movie this is the one! Perfect for family viewing. I don't know too many people who can't relate with one or more of the characters in the story. Whether you love baseball or not this is a great Saturday afternoon movie to watch with the kids.July 8th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
This movie is no doubt one of the all time classics. The only thing that I think would be a little sketchy for kids to see is there is use of chewing tobacco by the kids in this show because they think it's the cool thing to do. Other than that, I would recommend this show to anyone ages 7 and up.1 Thank ·
This movie is a classic and one of my favorites! It makes me miss being little and playing baseball/soccer/kickball with all the other kids in my neighborhood where summer days seemed to go on forever.
If I remember correctly there is a little profanity and you see some of the kids throw up. But overall it's a feel good movie that will leave you longing for childhood again.February 19th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
The Sandlot is the best ultimate kid show! Its the tale of a group of friends and how the spend their summer. Adventure, baseball, problem solving, sleep overs, girls, etc... This show is a classic and if you havent seen it you need to go buy it! Its worth owning and watching many times.
You will find yourself quoting this movie "Foooooorrrrrreeeeeevvvvvveeeeerrrrrrrr"June 19th, 2013 · Details
Like the show, one of the shows you haft to see before you die. The only thing is that the language used in this film was ridiculousness. cussing like sailors.April 23rd, 2013 · Details
The Sandlot is a fun movie both kids and grown-ups can enjoy together. The kids were very well cast, funny and memorable. As a grown up I found myself laughing out loud, and that doesn't happy very often in family movies.
good movieMarch 17th, 2013 · Details
The new kid in town is a dweeb when it comes to playing ball. But with the help of his reluctant, distracted stepfather and the local kids down at the sandlot where an eight-member team plays daily, he'll get the hang of it. He'll have to. They need a ninth player.
That's basically the overriding storyline in "The Sandlot," set in 1962 in an unnamed small American town. And the new kid, Scotty (Tom Guiry), even narrates the yarn, a la "The Wonder Years," albeit without the wit.
This is an ensemble film, however, gradually building on a series of comic vignettes to the climactic confrontation between the boys and the monstrous junkyard dog that lives on the other side of the fence at the back of the sandlot.
Almost equal time is given several other team members as the group goes through various coming-of-age encounters chewing tobacco and getting sick on a tilt-a-whirl ride (culminating, unfortunately, with graphic vomiting), stealing a kiss from the shapely teen lifeguard at the community pool and using poor judgment when a new baseball is needed to continue a game.
Some elements work better than others. It's hard to believe, for example, that Scotty has never heard of Babe Ruth and the ending is just about as sappy as they come. Worse, co-writer/director David Mickey Evans (writer of "Radio Flyer") indulges his worst instincts, padding many scenes so that they seem to go on forever.
And it's too bad that a talented actress like Karen Allen is cast as Scotty's mother but is given nothing to do. (Better off is James Earl Jones doing yet another of his patented end-of-the-movie cameos.)
But if you can accept "The Sandlot" on its own terms, as a sentimental, nostalgic look at growing up, through that overused metaphor, baseball, and take to the kids as updated, ragtag versions of the old "Our Gang" youngsters, you'll have fun. More importantly, young audiences will have fun.
"The Sandlot" is rated PG for profanity, vulgarity and some violence all of it relatively tame.
June 29th, 2004 · Details