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- Dale De La Torre
- William S. Gilmore
- David Mickey Evans
- Robert Gunter
- Tom Guiry
- Mike Vitar
- Patrick Renna
- Chauncey Leopardi
- Marty York
- Brandon Adams
- Grant Gelt
- Shane Obedzinski
- Victor DiMattia
- Denis Leary
- Karen Allen
- James Earl Jones
Music byDavid NewmanCinematographyAnthony B. RichmondEdited byMichael A. StevensonProduction
companyIsland WorldDistributed by20th Century FoxRelease date
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The Sandlot(released in some countries asThe Sandlot Kids)is a 1993 Americancoming-of-agecomedy filmco-written, directed, and narrated byDavid Mickey Evanswhich tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. It starsTom Guiry,Mike Vitar,Karen Allen,Denis Leary, andJames Earl Jones. The filming locations were inMidvale,Salt Lake City, andOgden, Utah. It grossed $33 million worldwide and has become a cult film.Contents
- 3.2Box office
- 3.3Defamation suit
- 3.4Home media
- 4Sequels and prequel
- 7Further reading
- 8External links
In the summer of 1962, brainy, reserved fifth grader Scotty Smalls moves with his parents to theSan Fernando Valley, where he has difficulty making friends. He tries to join a group of boys who play baseball daily in a local sandlot, but is embarrassed by his inability to catch or throw the ball. An attempt to learn to play catch with his stepfather, Bill, results in ablack eye. Nevertheless, he is invited to join the team by their leader and best player, Benny Rodriguez, who mentors him. When catcher Hamilton "Ham" Porter hits ahome runinto a backyard, Scotty attempts to retrieve the ball but is stopped by the other boys, who tell him of "the Beast", a junkyard dog supposedly so large and savage that it has become a neighborhood legend. Many baseballs hit into the yard over the years have all been claimed by the Beast, which is kept chained up by its owner, Mr. Mertle.
One particularly hot day, the boys visit the community pool. Michael "Squints" Palledorous has a crush on lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn, and fakes drowning in order to get her to administermouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The sandlot team is banned from the pool, but Squints' reputation is boosted. On theFourth of Julythe team plays a night game by the light of the fireworks, and Scotty observes that although to the rest of them baseball is just a game, it is Benny's true passion. Later, they are challenged to play against a rivalLittle Leagueteam whom they handily defeat. To celebrate, they visit a fair where they trychewing tobaccoand ride a spinning carnival ride; the combination causes them to vomit all over themselves and others.
One day, Benny hits the team's only baseball so hard that he knocks the cover off. With Bill away on business, Scotty borrows a baseball from his trophy room that is autographed by legendary playerBabe Ruth. Being ignorant of baseball history, Scotty does not realize the ball's value, and hits his first home run, sending it into the Beast's yard. When the other boys learn of the autograph, they tell Scotty its value and make several attempts to get the ball out of the yard using makeshift retrieval devices, but each is destroyed by the Beast. Benny has a dream in which the spirit of Babe Ruth advises him to retrieve the ball himself, and that this will be the moment that makes him a legend.
Benny goes over the fence and "pickles" the Beast to retrieve the ball, but theEnglish Mastiffbreaks its chain and leaps over the fence in pursuit. It chases Benny through town, resulting in several comedic situations, and eventually back to the sandlot. Benny jumps back into Mr. Mertle's yard, but the Beast crashes through the fence, which falls down on top of it. Scotty and Benny lift the fence to free the dog, who shows gratitude by leading them to its stash of baseballs. They meet Mr. Mertle, who turns out to be a former baseball player who played with Babe Ruth but went blind after being struck by a baseball. He kindly trades them the chewed-up ball for one autographed by all of the1927 New York Yankees. Scotty gives this ball to Bill, and their father-and-son relationship improves. The boys continue to play baseball on the sandlot, with the Beast—whose real name is Hercules—as their mascot.
Over the next few years, the sandlot kids go their separate ways. Benny's exploit with the Beast earns him the nickname "the Jet", and he goes on to play for theLos Angeles Dodgers. Scotty becomes asports commentator, and covers a game against theSan Francisco Giantsin which Benny successfullysteals home. Celebrating his victory, the two exchangethumbs up.Cast
- Tom Guiryas Scotty Smalls
- Mike Vitaras Benjamin "Benny" Franklin Rodriguez
- Patrick Rennaas Hamilton "Ham" Porter
- Chauncey Leopardias Michael "Squints" Palledorous
- Marty York as Alan "Yeah-Yeah" McClennan
- Brandon Quintin Adamsas Kenny DeNunez
- Grant Gelt as Bertram Weeks
- Victor Di Mattia as Timmy Timmons
- Shane Obedzinski as Tommy "Repeat" Timmons
- Karen Allenas Mrs. Smalls
- Denis Learyas Bill
- James Earl Jonesas Mr. Mertle
- Marley Sheltonas Wendy Peffercorn
- Art LaFleurasThe Babe
- Pablo Vitar as Adult Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez
- David Mickey Evansas Narrator aka the adult Scott Smalls
- Arliss Howard(uncredited) as Adult Scott style="margin: 0.5em 0px; line-height: inherit;">OnRotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 60% from critics based on 53 reviews, with an average rating of 5.92/10, but an approval rating of 89% from the Audience, based on over 261,000 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "It may be shamelessly derivative and overly nostalgic, butThe Sandlotis nevertheless a genuinely sweet and funny coming-of-age adventure."Audiences polled byCinemaScoregave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
CriticRoger Ebertgave the film three stars, comparing the movie to a summertime version ofA Christmas Story, based on the tone and narration of both films: "There was a moment in the film when Rodriguez hit a line drive directly at the pitcher's mound, and I ducked and held up my mitt, and then I realized I didn't have a mitt, and it was then I also realized how completely this movie had seduced me with its memories of what really matters when you are 12."Bob Cannon ofEntertainment Weeklygave the film a B+, praising its simplicity and strong fundamentals.
Leonard Klady ofVarietygave the film a mostly negative review. He praised the cinematography and score, but felt the baseball team did not come together, and that the film, while sincere, was a "remarkably shallow wade, rife with incident and slim on substance."Box office
The film grossed $4 million in its opening weekend and a further $32 million through ticket sales. Figures for worldwide VHS and DVD sales are estimated to be at $76 million. Since its release on both VHS and DVD, the film has become acult favorite.Defamation suit
In 1998, Michael Polydoros sued 20th Century Fox and the producers of the film for defamation. Polydoros, a childhood classmate of David Mickey Evans, the writer and director ofThe Sandlot, claimed that the character Michael "Squints" Palledorous was derogatory and caused him shame and humiliation. The trial court found in favor of the filmmakers, and that finding was affirmed by theCalifornia Court of Appeal.After initially agreeing to review the case in 1998,theSupreme Court of Californiareversed its decision, dismissing the review and reinstating the Court of Appeal's opinion in favor of 20th Century Fox.Home media
In 1993,The Sandlotfirst came to video in aslipcase, along with theLaserDiscin widescreen, but later came in aclam shell casein 1994. On January 29, 2002, the DVD came in aFamily Feature, in widescreen (Side B) and full screen (Side A). The 2013 repackaged DVD is only in widescreen. On March 26, 2013, the film released on Blu-ray for the first time to celebrate its 20th anniversary.The film then had a re-release on Blu-ray and Digital HD on March 27, 2018 as part of the film's 25th anniversary.Sequels and prequel
- The Sandlot 2(2005) – Adirect-to-videosequel in which a new Sandlot gang is featured. The only returning cast member isJames Earl Jonesin his role of Mr. Mertle. Evans also returned to direct the sequel voiced Smalls' younger brother, Johnnie.
- The Sandlot: Heading Home(2007) – Another direct-to-video sequel starringLuke Perryas Tommy "Santa" Santorelli who gets knocked back to 1976 from 2005 and relives his childhood.Chauncey Leopardireprises his role as Squints.
- A prequel was announced on July 31, 2018.
- A TV series with the original cast is in the works style="margin: 0.5em 0px; line-height: inherit;">The film's original score was composed by David Newman, and was not released until 2006, when a limited edition was released as part of theVarèse SarabandeCD Club. This release paired it with selections from Newman's score forThe War of the RosesA complete release devoted exclusively to the score in observance of the film's 25th anniversary by La-La Land Records in 2018.I ship within 2 days afterreceiving PayPal. All items aresecurelypackaged inside bubble mailers and boxes. If payments are not received within6 days after sale close, I must cancel the sale item and relist it. Your business is very important to me and my family. Your satisfactionand 100% positive response is our priority. If for any reason you have any issue, please email me before leaving response and I assure you I will resolve it to your satisfaction. Thanks again.