The Sandlot (1993)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
PG (for language and some rude humor)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family , Sports & Fitness
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Studio:
20th Century Fox

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
Ed Mathews
as Thief
Wil Horneff
as Phillips
Tyson Jones
as Little League Punk 2
Karl Simmons
as Schoolyard Pitcher
Maury Wills
as Coach
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)
Art La Fleur
as `The Babe'
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Critic Reviews for The Sandlot

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (12)

In The Sandlot's nostalgia for simpler times, a single-sex world seems to be a key component.

Full Review… | May 7, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The kids even have their own treehouse, which means that the production designer is the only person connected with this project who actually went out on a limb.

Full Review… | May 7, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A solid double rather than a grand slam, The Sandlot remains a refreshing antidote to the daily round of contract squabbles on the sports page.

Full Review… | May 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

There's a snappy change-of-pace gag involving a little guy and a nubile lifeguard, but the screams and barks and fraudulent emotions grow wearying.

May 7, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Sweet and sincere, the film is also a remarkably shallow wade, rife with incident and slim on substance.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Ever since Stand by Me, it seems that every Boy's Own yarn is deemed incomplete without a nostalgic, pseudo-ironic voice-over waxing lyrical about the mythology of short pants and acne.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sandlot

This film tells the story of how a Major League hero grew up with his friends in his old town, enjoying life and going through challenges, but ultimately sticking to his heart, which is devoted to baseball. However, the story does not specifically follow him (Benny), but the newcomer (Smalls) who has no background knowledge of baseball, but loves to play the game. With great direction, solid writing, and a fun premise, "The Sandlot" is a home run for all families. I had a blast watching this film. Even though it gets kind of laughable with Hercules the Dog, It's a great kids film!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

i like this movie cuz i like doggies and baseball

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

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 Shankle
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

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