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Summer Catch


This summer couldn’t be more crucial for Ryan Dunne, a blue-collar kid with aspirations to become a major league baseball player. Every summer, the hottest college ball players descend upon Cape Cod to pursue their baseball dreams during the day and blow off steam in town at night. The first local boy in years to earn a slot in the team, Ryan finally got his shot…but the temptations off-field are getting in the way of his commitment to the game. When a major league scout comes along, however, he tries to push the pangs of romance and player rivalry aside, because his sports talent may be his only ticket out of the small industrial town.

About the Film

Directed By:
Michael Tollin
Kevin Falls (Story), Kevin Falls & John Gatins
Release Date:
August 24th, 2001 (Theatrical)
Run Time:
108 Minutes
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
MPAA Rating:
Warner Brothers
$17 Million
Box Office:
$19.7 Million (Worldwide)
Freddie Prinze Jr. (Ryan Dunne), Jessica Biel (Tenley Parrish), Fred Ward (Sean Dunne), Matthew Lillard (Billy Brubaker), Brittany Murphy (Dede Mulligan), Wilmer Valderrama (Mickey Dominguez)

Trailer & Photos


“When it comes to funny business, Tollin’s got game, and he makes the most of some talented supporting players on his bench.”

– Joe Leydon (Variety)

“The film steps up a notch when the action is on the field. However, many directors before him have portrayed the beloved sport better.”

– Kit Bowen (

“Because I’m a baseball fan, I tend to be an easy mark for baseball-themed movies, but something as badly focused and feebly scripted as Summer Catch just makes me wish for the Fall.”

– James Berardinelli (ReelViews)


Ryan: [to Tenley] I love her.
Tenley: What?
Ryan: Oh! I mean you. I love “you”.

Ryan: Scared of what?
Tenley: Of everything! Success? Love? You say you love getting on that mound and playing baseball! Why would you ever settle for cutting grass?

Facts & Trivia

  • Three of the movie’s cast include actor/actress who were in different series on the WB/ CW network. These include; Jessica Biel (“7th Heaven” as Mary Camden/ Mary Rivera); Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as Riley Finn) and Christian Kane (“Angel” as Lindsey McDonald)
  • Brittany Murphy passed away December 2009. She was 31.
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