Released in the spring of 1993, this gem is a favorite for any 90’s kids. Based in the early 60’s, this movie starts out with Scottie Smalls (Thomas Guiry), his mother (Karen Allen,) and his step-father (Denis Leary) moving into a new neighborhood. Scottie decides to persue baseball despite his very poor catching skills with the hope of being accepted by the group of kids who play baseball at the nearby sandlot. Scottie’s road to acceptance by the Sandlot boys is rocky at first, with a pair of embarrassing mistakes. But with the help of Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), Scottie gets accepted and improves his game.
Besides baseball, the boys go on adventures including the local swimming pool, a fair, and a ballpark for a grudge match against a little league team. The boys run into a pickle when a ball signed by Babe Ruth goes over the fence and into a yard where an attack dog is present. The famous “You’re so ugly” quote in the film made it to #7 in WatchMojo’s best movie insults.
The film was a box office hit in 1993 and later gained cult status due to VHS and DVD sales thereafter. Two sequels were released direct-to-DVD: Sandlot 2 in 2005 and was based in the early 70s, and Sandlot: Heading Home was released in 2007. It was based in 1976, with Chauncey Leopardi revising his role as an adult version of Michael “Squints” Palledorous.
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