The Sandlot

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It may be shamelessly derivative and overly nostalgic, but The Sandlot is nevertheless a genuinely sweet and funny coming-of-age adventure.

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The Sandlot is a coming-of-age story about a group of young boys growing up in California in 1962. A new, shy boy (Thomas Guiry) moves into the neighborhood, where he is initially rejected by the local boys because he doesn't know how to play baseball. Soon, he learns the sport and joins the group of boys who play ball in a local sandlot, and with his new friends, he has a variety of adventures.

Cast

Tom Guiry
as Scotty Smalls
Mike Vitar
as Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez
Patrick Renna
as Hamilton `Ham' Porter
Chauncey Leopardi
as Michael `Squints' Palledorous
Marty York
as Alan `Yeah-Yeah' McClennan
Brandon Quintin Adams
as Kenny DeNunez
James Earl Jones
as Mr. Mertle
Grant Gelt
as Bertram Grover Weeks
Shane Obedzinski
as Tommy `Repeat' Timmons
Victor DiMattia
as Timmy Timmons
Art LaFleur
as `The Babe'
Herb Muller
as Young Mr. Mertle
Garret Pearson
as Police Chief
Wil Horneff
as Phillips
Tyson Jones
as Little League Punk 2
Karl Simmons
as Schoolyard Pitcher
Pablo P. Vitar
as Older Benny
Bob Apisa
as Home Plate Umpire
Robbie T. Robinson
as 3rd Base Umpire
Chuck Fick
as Giants Catcher
Tim Page
as Giants Pitcher
Dennis Williams
as Giants 3rd Baseman
Cynthia Windham
as Mother at Pool
Brian Simpson
as Beast Puppeteer
Mark N. Weatherbe
as Beast Puppeteer
Cleve Hall
as Beast Puppeteer
Arliss Howard
as Adult Scotty Smalls (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Sandlot

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (21)

Audience Reviews for The Sandlot

  • Jul 06, 2016
    No film better encapsulates the fear and wonder of the unknown, summer fun, and most of all; the everlasting bond of friendship and the love for the great game of baseball. The Sandlot is simply a classic. Being that I spent a good amount of my youth playing sports and particularly baseball outside, The Sandlot holds a special place in my heart. There's something about the relation between the characters in the film and the people who I grew up playing sports with that resonates with me. Luckily, the film holds up extremely well since I first saw it in the 90's. Taking place in the 1960's, the film definitely takes advantage of the history of baseball. Not only is Babe Ruth the MacGuffin of the film, but he ends up making a small cameo (played by Art LaFleur). But it's also fun to hear all of the references to various events to the history of the MLB and other pop culture phenomena. As a baseball lifer, the film still gets quoted in our dugout to this day. Besides having some great cameos by LaFleur and the legendary James Earl Jones, what I love most about the film is the comradery between all of the main cast. They all have their nicknames and unique quirks, which gives the group a broad appeal. But I think we all relate to Smalls, who just wants to make some friends and ends up finding a love for baseball that lasts a lifetime. It's not like a film like The Sandlot deserves a ton of critique. It's a perfect film for what it sets out to be, and that's a fun baseball flick about the power of friendship and how a common interest of baseball can change the summer and life of 9 boys from the same neighborhood forever. +Great cameos +Powerful story of friendship +Perfect baseball flick 9.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2013
    i like this movie cuz i like doggies and baseball
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2012
    Alongside "The Lion King" and "Toy Story", this is a film I grew up watching... many times. The plot is hilarious and there are many iconic scenes. Love all the characters.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2012
    Nothing much happens for the first half of the movie. The boys' personalities aren't distinct enough like the Little Rascals, so I lost interest. Like my experience with Groucho Marx, the "You're killing me, Smalls!" line isn't how I expected from years of others' impressions.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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