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Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Karen Allen ... see more see more... , Marty York , James Earl Jones , Brandon Quintin Adams , Grant Gelt , Shane Obedzinski , Denis Leary , Art La Fleur , Cleve Hall , Arliss Howard , Shari Rhodes , Dennis Williams , Victor di Mattia , Herb Muller , Garret Pearson , Keith Campbell , Wil Horneff , Maury Wills , Bob Apisa , Robbie T. Robinson , Chuck Fick , Marley Shelton , Daniel Zacapa , Victor DiMattia , Art LaFleur

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 ... read more read 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. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002

Stats: 13,805 reviews

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  • fb733768972
    April 7, 2013
    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 newc... read moreomer (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!
  • April 5, 2013
    i like this movie cuz i like doggies and baseball
  • August 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.
  • June 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.
  • fb729949618
    September 26, 2011
    Grew up on this amazing movie. It's always gonna be special to me.
  • August 19, 2011
    The Sandlot is one of the greatest baseball and family movies of all time. Its got a great plot,, great characters, and it is a american classic.
  • July 26, 2011
    Love It, part of my 90's childhood & I watched it last night for the first time since I was a little kid. A great film with great messages.

    Babe Ruth: "Remember kid, hero's are forever but legends never die. Follow your heart and you'll never go wrong."
  • May 18, 2011
    I like baseball and movies about baseball well enough, but I saw this movie too many times when I was a kid, I just got sick of it. Maybe I'll be able to watch it again soon, and give it a proper review.
  • fb619846742
    November 22, 2010
    How can you not love this movie? Just a classic throwback to the times when we were kids and when baseball and growing up were a fun time. Sure, corny and cliched and all that, but still an indisputable classic.
  • July 23, 2010

Critic Reviews

Dave Kehr
May 7, 2014
Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune

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

Peter Rainer
May 7, 2014
Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times

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

Desmond Ryan
May 7, 2014
Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Michael Sragow
May 7, 2014
Michael Sragow, New Yorker

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. Full Review

Leonard Klady
March 26, 2009
Leonard Klady, Variety

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

February 9, 2006
Time Out

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

Janet Maslin
August 30, 2004
Janet Maslin, New York Times

Nothing about his modest coming-of-age comedy demands anything like this awestruck approach. Full Review

James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Predictable as the movie is, the Field of Dreams quality is not the only thing to like about The Sandlot. Full Review

Roger Ebert
January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This is a movie... that allows its kids to be kids, that shows them in the insular world of imagination and dreaming that children create entirely apart from adult domains and values. Full Review

Desson Thomson
January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

The Sandlot isn't well made but it's alive with dopey, summertime spirit. Full Review

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    • Hamilton "Ham" Porter: Hurry up batter. It's gotta be a short game, then I gotta get home for lunch.
    • "The Babe": Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart kid and you can never go wrong.
    • Wendy: [after Squints kisses her] Little pervert!
    • Michael "Squints"' Palledorous: [after Benny lectures Smalls on catching/throwing a ball] It's about time, Benny; my clothes are going out of style!
    • Alan "Yeah-Yeah" McClennan: They already are, Squints.
    • Michael "Squints"' Palledorous: Shut up!
    • Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez: What are you laughing at, Yeah-Yeah? You run like a duck!
    • Hamilton "Ham" Porter: Hey, you wanna s'more?
    • Scotty Smalls: Some more what?
    • Hamilton "Ham" Porter: No, no. Do you want a s'more?
    • Scotty Smalls: I just got here, so how can I have some more of nothing?
    • Hamilton "Ham" Porter: You're killin' me, Smalls! Okay, these are s'mores stuff. Now pay attention. First, you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow's flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then, you cover it with the other end.

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