The Sandlot

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Sandlot poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Mickey Evans
Produced by Mark Burg
Chris Zarpas
Written by David Mickey Evans
Robert Gunter
Starring Tom Guiry
Mike Vitar
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Edited by Michael A. Stevenson
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • April 7, 1993 (1993-04-07)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million
Box office $33,832,313[1]

The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film baseball comedy directed by David M. Evans (who also narrated the film), which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. The filming location was in Glendale, Salt Lake City, Utah. The film was released with the title The Sandlot Kids in Australia and the United Kingdom.

The film grossed $33 million worldwide and has developed a cult following.[2][3]


In the San Fernando Valley in the early 1960s,[4] protagonist Scotty Smalls moves into a new town with his mother and stepfather, and joins a local baseball team under captain Benjamin "the Jet" Rodriguez. With Benjamin's help, Scott becomes a proficient player; but learns that numerous of the team's baseballs have been captured by an English Mastiff, known as 'the Beast', belonging to a neighbor. One day, the team's last ball lands in the 'Beast's possession, and Scott substitutes one from his stepfather's collection, earlier signed by Babe Ruth. When this too is lost, the team construct a series of machines (each more complex than the last) to recover it remotely; but ultimately fail. Inspired by a dream of Ruth (whom he admires), Benjamin seizes the ball himself, while the others trap the 'Beast'; whereupon Benjamin and Scott return the latter to his owner, Mr. Mertle, who reveals that he himself knew Ruth, and later becomes the team's coach. Over the next three decades, Benjamin becomes a famous MLB player, and Scott becomes a sports announcer.




The Sandlot has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 57% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 44 reviews.[5] The site's consensus says "It may be shamelessly derivative and overly nostalgic, but The Sandlot is nevertheless a genuinely sweet and funny coming-of-age adventure." Critic Roger Ebert gave the film three stars, comparing the movie to a summertime version of A Christmas Story, based on the tone and narration of both films. He said of one scene, "There was a moment in the film when Rodriguez hit a line drive directly at the pitcher's mound, and I ducked and held up my mitt, and then I realized I didn't have a mitt, and it was then I also realized how completely this movie had seduced me with its memories of what really matters when you are 12."[6] Bob Cannon of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+, praising its simplicity and strong fundamentals.[7]

Leonard Klady of Variety gave the film a mostly negative review. He praised the cinematography and score, but felt the baseball team did not come together, and that the film, while sincere, was "remarkably shallow wade, rife with incident and slim on substance."[8]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $4 million in its opening weekend and a further $32 million through ticket sales. Figures for worldwide, VHS and DVD sales are estimated to be at $76 million. Since its release on both VHS and DVD, the film has become a cult favorite.

Defamation suit[edit]

In 1998, Michael Polydoros sued 20th Century Fox and the producers of the film for defamation. Polydoros, a childhood classmate of David Mickey Evans, the author and director of The Sandlot, claimed that the character Michael "Squints" Palledorous was derogatory and caused him shame and humiliation. The trial court found in favor of the filmmakers, and that finding was affirmed by the California Court of Appeal.[9] After initially agreeing to review the case in 1998,[10] the Supreme Court of California reversed its decision, dismissing the review and reinstating the Court of Appeal's opinion in favor of 20th Century Fox.[11][12]

Home media[edit]

In 1993, The Sandlot first came to video in a slipcase, but later came in a clamshell case in 1994. On January 29, 2002, the DVD came in a Family Feature, in widescreen (Side B) and full screen (Side A). The 2013 repackaged DVD is only in widescreen.



The film's original score was composed by David Newman, and was unreleased until 2006, when a limited edition was released as part of the Varèse Sarabande CD Club.

Songs in order of appearance:

  1. "Finger Poppin' Time" – Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
  2. "Smokie Part II" – Bill Black's Combo
  3. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" – The Tokens
  4. "There Goes My Baby" – The Drifters
  5. "This Magic Moment" – The Drifters
  6. "America The Beautiful" – Ray Charles
  7. "Green Onions" – Booker T & The MG's
  8. "Tequila" – The Champs
  9. "Wipe Out" – The Surfaris


  1. ^ "The Sandlot". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Alexander, Bryan (September 19, 2013). "'The Sandlot' at 20: Diamonds are forever". USA Today. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Caron, Tim (March 25, 2015). "The Cult of The Sandlot". Crooked Scorboard. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "The Sandlot Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 7, 1993). "The Sandlot (1993)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ Cannon, Bob (April 23, 1993). "The Sandlot (1993)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ Klady, Leonard (April 4, 1993). "The Sandlot Review". Variety. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Polydoros v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 57 Cal. App.4th 795 (Cal. App. 1997)
  10. ^ Obverbeck, Wayne. "Polydoros v. 20th Century Fox Film". Wayne Obverbeck's Communications Law Website. California State University Fullerton. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ Chiang, Harriet (October 16, 1998). "Films Can Use Real Names, Likenesses, State High Court Rules". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Polydoros v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 965 P.2d 724 (Cal. 1998)

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