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|The Sandlot: Heading Home|
|Directed by||William Dear|
|Produced by||Jon Kuyper|
by David Mickey Evans
|Music by||Kendall Marsh|
|Edited by||Chris Conlee|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox Home Entertainment|
The Sandlot: Heading Home (also known as The Sandlot 3 or The Sandlot 3: Heading Home), is a 2007 film directed by William Dear and starring Luke Perry, Danny Nucci and Sarah Deakins. It is the second direct-to-video sequel to the 1993 theatrical film The Sandlot and the first direct-to-video sequel The Sandlot 2. It was released straight to DVD on May 1, 2007. It is the final Sandlot film to date.
Successful, arrogant baseball superstar Tommy "Santa" Santorelli of the Los Angeles Dodgers is knocked unconscious by a wild pitch after being blinded by a mistakenly launched fireworks display. Tommy wakes up as his soon to be 13-year old self, and to all of his childhood friends, in the year 1976. When he attempts to explain what's happened to his mother Sara, she calls the doctor, with whom he quarrels. After Tommy leaves the office the doctor and Sara discuss her being diagnosed with cancer.
Eventually, his mother sends him to play baseball with his friends Two-Ton, Ryan, Q, D.P., Wings, Timber, Wok, and Roll who all play on the sandlot baseball team. The next day, Tommy tells his story to teammate Ryan, and later protects him from local bully E.J. Needman. After seeing the disrespectful attitude of E.J., Tommy decides to join the Sandlot team to put him in his place. Tommy instructs his teammates with the help of Benny and Squints, thereby winning several games. Tommy joins Needman's team; but ultimately returns to that of his friends, and wins the game for them. After the game Tommy rushes home to Sara, who is growing weaker, telling her that he won. She tells Tommy she is proud of him. Outside Ryan throws the game ball to Tommy claiming everyone wanted him to have it, he throws it knocking Tommy out and returning him to the present.
Upon his return to the present, he wakes up in the hospital being treated by Q who has become a doctor, and learns that instead of becoming an arrogant disloyal player, he has remained loyal to the Dodgers his entire career. He has also married his girlfriend Judy and they have two children named Oliver and Heather. The biggest difference of all is that he stayed in communication with his old friends ever since this victory. Tommy then speaks to his mother's spirit, proud of who he has now become.
- Danny Nucci as Benny Rodriguez, the sandlot team's coach and a member of the original sandlot team. Nucci replaces Mike Vitar from the original.
- Keanu Pires as Tommy Santorelli, the main character, a 13-year old boy who loves baseball.
- Luke Perry as (Adult) Tommy "Santa" Santorelli
- Sarah Deakins as Sara Santorelli, Tommy's single mother.
- Cainan Wiebe as Ryan, a younger member and left fielder of the sandlot team who is silent after the death of his father.
- Dean Hinchey as (Adult) Ryan
- Alexander Ludwig as Earl "E.J." Needman Jr., a local bully and Tommy's rival who faces constant pressure from his father.
- Brandon Olds as Two-Ton, a husky outfielder
- Meshach Peters as Quincy "Q" Washington, a younger member of the sandlot team who is the most intelligent on medical procedures.
- Chris Shields as (Adult) Dr. Quincy Washington
- Kai James as Timber, the pitcher for the Sandlot team. At first unable to pitch to batters, he finds confidence under Benny and Tommy's tutelage.
- Ryan Drescher as Wings McKay, a speedy third baseman
- Cole Heppell as D.P., the catcher for the Sandlot team. Known to hackle his opponents.
- Renzo Carbonel as Rolando "Roll" Alvarez, first baseman
- Samuel Patrick Chu as Matt "Wok" Wakamoto, second baseman
- Chauncey Leopardi as Michael "Squints" Palledorous, a member of the original sandlot team. Leopardi reprises his role from the original film.
- Chris Gauthier as Officer Pork Chop, Two-Ton's uncle.
- Paul Jarrett as Earl Needman, E.J.'s father.
- Leila Johnson as Judy Santorelli, Tommy's ex-fiancé turned wife.
Heather Boerner of Common Sense Media gave the film four out of five stars, writing "If you mixed Back to the Future with A Christmas Carol and sprinkled in a liberal dose of baseball fandom, you'd end up with this sweet, fun baseball movie that entertains while it instructs."