ot only is The Sandlot one of the best sports movies of all time, but it's also one of the best movies of all time in any genre! It's a Colossus of Clout, a Sultan of Swat, a GREAT BAMBINO of a film, and it will be in our hearts for-ev-UR. For-ev-UR.
You may think you know everything there is to know about Scotty Smalls, Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez, Hercules, and the rest of the Sandlot gang, but guaranteed there are a few gems in here that will knock you out. Like, a Wendy Peffercorn level knock-out.
So, c'mon! Let's pickle this beast!
The Boys of Summer
The first crazy fact about The Sandlot is that it wasn’t supposed to be called The Sandlot at all!
Its original title was The Boys of Summer, but they had to change the title because there’s a book with the same name.
The movie was inspired by a real childhood experience of writer/director David Mickey Evans’ brother.
His brother was left out of a neighborhood baseball game, so he decided to win a spot on the team by retrieving their lost baseball.
When he hopped over the wall, there was a huge dog named Hercules that actually bit him!
The entire classic movie was shot in forty-two days. That’s like, a month and a half! Nothing!
Originally, the kids in the movie were supposed to be around nine or ten years old, but in casting, it quickly became obvious that those kids were way too young. So Evans decided to bump up their ages to twelve or thirteen, which worked perfectly.
He knew it was the right decision when they interviewed their first older kid, Mike Vitar, who snagged the role of Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez.
David Mickey Evans
Writer/director David Mickey Evans is also the narrator of the film. That’s right. He’s the grown-up voice of Scotty Smalls.