Summer Catch

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Summer Catch
Summer catch.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Tollin
Produced by Mike Tollin
Brian Robbins
Sam Weisman
Screenplay by Kevin Falls
John Gatins
Story by Kevin Falls
Starring Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Jessica Biel
Fred Ward
Jason Gedrick
Brittany Murphy
Gabriel Mann
Bruce Davison
Marc Blucas
Matthew Lillard
Brian Dennehy
Music by George Fenton
Tarsha Vega
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
Edited by Harvey Rosenstock
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • August 24, 2001 (2001-08-24)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $34 million[1]
Box office $19.7 million[1]

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 (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) 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 (Jessica Biel), 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 Parrish 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 and Carlton Fisk.



Summer Catch holds an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews with the consensus: "A cliched and predictable sports comedy that's mostly devoid of excitement or laughs, Summer Catch is strictly bush-league".

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #6 at the U.S. box office raking in $7,018,593 USD in its opening weekend.[2] Summer Catch went on to gross $19 million worldwide, failing to bring back its $34 million budget.

Home media[edit]

Summer Catch was released on VHS and DVD on December 4, 2001.



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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