History Film / TheSandlot

9th Jun '16 1:20:35 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* BrickJoke: Scotty stops wearing his dorky long-brimmed fish hat after Benny half-jokingly tells him to chuck it in the fireplace. In the last scene of the movie, [[spoiler: we see that he didn't heed Benny's advice: he's wearing it again while announcing at the baseball game]].



* EvilCounterpart: Thematically, "The Beast" is this to "The Babe". Both of them are larger-than-life legends, but the kids look up to Babe Ruth as a revered hero, while they see the Beast as a dreaded monster. Appropriately, [[spoiler: the Beast turns out to be named "[[MeaningfulName Hercules]]", and it turns out that his owner knew Babe Ruth personally]].



* MaleGaze: Wendy Peffercorn's introduction ends with a long tracking shot of her butt as she walks down the street in slow-motion.



%%* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: ''Heading Home''

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%%* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: ''Heading Home''Home''.
* ShadowArchetype: Mr. Mertle to Benny. In his youth, he was just as devoted to baseball as Benny, until [[spoiler: a wayward ball cost him his eyesight, and forced him to find something else to live for]]. He cautions Benny against getting too obsessed with the game like he did. Fittingly, [[spoiler: Benny follows in his footsteps and becomes a professional baseball player]].
9th Jun '16 11:56:59 AM MrDeath
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* SpiritualSuccessor: You could say this is ''Film/AChristmasStory'' for the summer months. (The ''actual'' sequel, ''Film/ItRunsInTheFamily'' aka "My Summer Story", ain't half bad either).

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* SpiritualSuccessor: You could say this is ''Film/AChristmasStory'' for the summer months. (The ''actual'' sequel, ''Film/ItRunsInTheFamily'' aka "My Summer Story", ain't half bad either).
9th Jun '16 6:15:46 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* SpiritualSuccessor: You could say this is ''AChristmasStory'' for the summer months. (The ''actual'' sequel, ''Film/ItRunsInTheFamily'' aka "My Summer Story", ain't half bad either).

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* SpiritualSuccessor: You could say this is ''AChristmasStory'' ''Film/AChristmasStory'' for the summer months. (The ''actual'' sequel, ''Film/ItRunsInTheFamily'' aka "My Summer Story", ain't half bad either).
29th May '16 1:00:55 PM sydhighwind
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*ArtisticLicenseHistory: The movie takes place in 1962. At the time, institutionalized racial segregation was still in effect. Even in a more liberal area like Southern California, you'd be hard pressed to find a black kid playing baseball with a bunch of white kids.
7th May '16 5:32:10 PM duranaparthur
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* SlobsVersusSnobs: Plays into the dynamic of the Sandlot's crew versus their uniformed rivals; the rivals appear to be a collection of WASPs, and all wear uniform clothing, while the crew is a RagTagBunchOfMisfits that's racially diverse, includes multiple examples of HollywoodNerd, the new kid in town, a somewhat rotund future pro-wrestler, and yet are so utterly devoted to baseball for the fun of it that they crush their uniformed counterparts.
4th Feb '16 6:56:02 PM Mullon
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8th Nov '15 8:30:01 PM IlGreven
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* CareerEndingInjury: Mr. Mertle took a "high hard one" to the head which caused him to go blind, ending his baseball career.
14th Oct '15 9:40:57 PM jedidarrick
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25th Aug '15 6:48:56 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** [[spoiler: The Great Fear in ''2''.]]

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** %%** [[spoiler: The Great Fear in ''2''.]]



* BigEater: The fat kid in each film.

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* BigEater: The fat kid in each film.film is often seen eating.



* BlackSheep: One of The Beast's children, the Great Fear, in ''2''.

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* %%* BlackSheep: One of The Beast's children, the Great Fear, in ''2''.



* CarryingACake: During the ChaseScene at the end.

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* CarryingACake: During the ChaseScene at the end.end, the bakers avoid this trope twice, only to fail at the last moment. Cake in the face and they feel despair.



* ChaseScene: The film's climactic scene is Benny [[spoiler: outrunning the Beast all over the whole town and to the sandlot again. LITERALLY all over town!]]

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* ChaseScene: The film's climactic scene is Benny [[spoiler: outrunning the Beast all over the whole town and to the sandlot again. again; LITERALLY all over town!]]



* DeathGlare: In ''Heading Home'', between Tommy and EJ.

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* %%* DeathGlare: In ''Heading Home'', between Tommy and EJ.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: What Tommy ends up getting at the end of ''Heading Home''.

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* %%* EarnYourHappyEnding: What Tommy ends up getting at the end of ''Heading Home''.



* {{Jerkass}}: E.J. Needman in ''Heading Home''.

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* IHaveManyNames: All of the boys (except Smalls at first, since he's new to baseball) idolize Babe Ruth, and they commonly refer to him by one of Ruth's numerous nicknames (most commonly, The Bambino). In fact, only Mr. Mertle uses Ruth's real first name, George.
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{{Jerkass}}: E.J. Needman in ''Heading Home''.



* NiceHat: Inverted with Small's first hat, which Benny tells him to throw in his fireplace, and played straight with the hat he gives Smalls.
** [[spoiler: He doesn't throw the hat away. He's wearing it while announcing the game.]]

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* NiceHat: Inverted with Small's first hat, which Benny tells him to throw in his fireplace, and played straight with the hat he gives Smalls. \n** [[spoiler: He doesn't throw the hat away. He's wearing it while announcing the game.]]



** Same with ''2''.
** Zig-zagged with ''Heading Home'', which becomes the focus of the film this time.

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** Same with ''2''.
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%%** Zig-zagged with ''Heading Home'', which becomes the focus of the film this time.



** The other sandlot teams in ''2'' and ''Heading Home''.
* TheRedBaron[=/=]IHaveManyNames: All of the boys (except Smalls at first, since he's new to baseball) idolize Babe Ruth, and they commonly refer to him by one of Ruth's numerous nicknames (most commonly, The Bambino). In fact, only Mr. Mertle uses Ruth's actual first name, George.



** [[spoiler: Hercules, aka, "The Beast"]]
** [[spoiler:And one of his children, Goliath aka "The Great Fear", in ''The Sandlot 2''.]]

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** [[spoiler: Hercules, aka, "The Beast"]]
Beast" becomes the mascot for the Sandlot team. ]]
** [[spoiler:And one [[spoiler:One of his Hercules' children, Goliath aka "The Great Fear", does likewise in ''The Sandlot 2''.]]



* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: "You play ball like a '''''GIRL!'''''"\\

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* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: "You play ball like a '''''GIRL!'''''"\\'''''GIRL!'''''". Those are fighting words.
25th Aug '15 6:35:21 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** Such serendipity: Ham is the catcher for the team too.
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