Year of Release: 1993
Director: David Mickey Evans
Approx. Running Time: 101 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"TWO THUMBS UP!
A CHARMING AND WHIMSICAL COMEDY ABOUT BOYS AND BASEBALL AND A GREAT BIG DOG."
-"SISKEL & EBERT"
It's the early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) has just moved into town with his folks (Karen Allen and Denis Leary). Kids call him a dork - he can't even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It's the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded beast and its owner (James Earl Jones) who lived behind the left field fence. Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend in this hilarious and warm hearted comedy.
I don't normally like sports movies and I don't normally like live-action family fare, but this is one truly notable exception. A fantastic cast (both children and adults) matched with a witty script and plenty of early 1960's suburban nostalgia for the grown-ups make for one hell of an entertaining film.
Too bad its name has been (slightly) tarnished by the lame straight-to-video sequels of the last few years.
Rated PG (MPAA)
1993 (Year of Release)