Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mike Tollin|
|Produced by||Mike Tollin
|Screenplay by||Kevin Falls
|Story by||Kevin Falls|
|Starring||Freddie Prinze, Jr.
|Music by||George Fenton
|Edited by||Harvey Rosenstock|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||108 minutes|
Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jessica Biel and Matthew Lillard. The film was directed by Mike Tollin, marking his feature film directorial debut. The story takes place on Cape Cod, but the majority of the film was shot in Southport, North Carolina.
Ryan Dunne is a local baseball prospect who gets an opportunity to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Chatham Athletics. Dunne was born and raised in Chatham, Massachusetts and dreams of playing in the major leagues. He helps his dad with his landscaping business and takes care of Veteran's Field, where the Chatham A's play.
Ryan falls in love with Tenley Parrish, whose family vacations on the Cape on Shore Road in Chatham. Ryan is distracted by Tenley and feels a lot of pressure from scouts, family, the Parish family, and friends.
Then-Philadelphia Phillies' players Mike Lieberthal, Doug Glanville, and Pat Burrell, along with outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr., make appearances at the end of the film. Other notable cameos in the movie include Kevin Youkilis, Curt Gowdy, Hank Aaron & Carlton Fisk.
- Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Ryan Dunne
- Jessica Biel as Tenley Parrish
- Fred Ward as Sean Dunne
- Matthew Lillard as Billy Brubaker
- Jason Gedrick as Mike Dunne
- Brittany Murphy as Dede Mulligan
- Brian Dennehy as Coach John Schiffner
- Gabriel Mann as Auggie Mulligan
- Bruce Davison as Rand Parrish
- John C. McGinley as Hugh Alexander (uncredited)
- Marc Blucas as Miles Dalrymple
- Wilmer Valderrama as Mickey Dominguez
- Corey Pearson as Eric Van Leemer
- Christian Kane as Dale Robin
- Zena Grey as Katie Parrish
- Traci Dinwiddie as Lauren
- Susan Gardner as Marjorie
- Beverly D'Angelo as Lusty House Mother (uncredited)
Summer Catch received generally negative reviews from critics, where it holds a 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 83 reviews.
Despite poor reviews, The film found more success on VHS and DVD. It was released on December 4, 2001.
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The film was also not filmed in New England because the spring season was too cold so the actual production site was in Southport, North Carolina. The Chatham A's baseball field that was used in the film was actually built from a field that had been abandoned for about 20 years. Within about eight weeks the field was complete with batting cages and a press box ready to film. Since the filming of the movie, the field has once again been abandoned and is simply an overgrown field. The majority of the people cast for the roles of the teammates were actual minor-league baseball players. Only seven of the 35 people cast for the roles of the teammates were actors. The baseball players had to attend a four-week training camp during which they learned how to ignore the cameras on the field and to feel and act more as a team. All of the actors had to practice every day.
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