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  • Actors: C. Thomas Howell, Peter Horton, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Harley Jane Kozak, Christopher Rydell
  • Directors: Peter Israelson
  • Writers: David Thoreau
  • Producers: Gary Foster, Jay Weston, John Zane, Russ Krasnoff
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023GG80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,281 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Side Out" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Midwestern kid Monroe Clark (C. Thomas Howell, The Outsiders) moves to Los Angeles to intern for his lawyer uncle (Terry Kiser, Weekend at Bernie’s). But Monroe ends up hanging out at the beach instead and finds himself in the beach volleyball scene. Suddenly, Monroe gets teamed up with former King of the Beach Zack Barnes (Peter Horton, 2 Days in the Valley) to compete in the biggest tournament in the sport. Featuring several volleyball greats – including Randy Stoklos and Sinjin Smith – and Courtney Thorne-Smith (TV’s “According to Jim”), SIDE OUT is a fast-paced and energetic movie.

Customer Reviews

This is a pretty bad movie, but if you are in the mood for that, watch Side Out.
S. D. Gillette
It is a fun romp through a sillier time, when anyone without a sponsorship deal could dream.
Mike
What is wrong with the Academy in not noticing this as one of the best films ever?
Joel D Decker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This would have been THE movie for beach volleyball, filmed in Manhattan Beach, has appearances from Sinjin Smith, Steve Timmons, Randy Stoklos, all the major pros of the time. Very fun to watch. Great movie except that the very last scene, without spoiling it for you, makes everyone who plays beach volleyball cringe because they end it with a very illegal hand set. This movie had so much potential but became the laughing stock of the beach crowd because of those 3 seconds of footage right before the credits roll. Too bad the film's editor didn't catch that, this would have been a much more popular movie.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda C. Elsaesser on November 8, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I can't believe I'm reviewing this, but after seeing it again after so many years it just struck me......eeeekkk! It is one of the quintessential 80's films but was released in 1990. Oh and it's all their, bad hair, bad clothes, bad sayings, bad music. And of course set at the beach, there is a lot of skin. It's actually not a bad story, C. Thomas Howell plays a wannabe lawyer out in California for the summer working for his uncle. On his first assignment, giving eviction notices, he meets Peter Horton (from beloved "thirtysomething" fame) and they become volleyball partners in the big tournament. It sounds bizarre but works as only those '80s movies can. Courtney Thorne-Smith and Harley Jane Kozak support the cast, as does Terry Kiser who plays another Bernie but doesn't get killed this time! Oh what fun and pain at the same time to watch this movie and remember that this is what it used to be like back in the 80's! So now I've written the review, and if you come across Side Out in the video store it won't disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor D. Vidal Santiago on August 28, 2006
Format: DVD
A MUST HAVE MOVIE FOR THE 90's BEACH VOLLEYBALL FAN. AN ENTERTAINING FAMILY FUTURE STARTING WITH MOST OF THE REAL BEACH VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS CAMEOS, INCLUDING THE KING OF THE BEACH DUO FOR THOSE TIMES, RANDY STOCKLOS AND SINJIN SMITH, AS THE UNBEATABLE RIVAL TEAM.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Movie Star Spotter on February 19, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Side Out is a perfect example of how acting alone doesn't make a movie good. Side Out shows that a movie can survive through decades alone; by having good plot and intensifying action, that is accompanied by awseome music that seems to fit the occuring event or mood just so perfectly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Ladies & Gentleman, settle in, it's Big time Volleyball, it's the AVP on Video! An AVP Pro Beach Volleyball fans dream movie! Without sounding crazy, I've watched this movie over 600 times, and yes I can recite it line for line. This is every beach volleyball player's dream to move out to California and become an AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Player. It also doesn't hurt to fall in love with a blonde beauty like Courtney Thorne-Smith in the process. Lots of great scenery and lot's of great appearances by beach volleyball pro's for instance; Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, Steve O'Bradovich, Tim Hovland, Mike Dodd, Ricci Luyties, Steve Timmons, Kent Steffes, Craig Moothart and many more! Don't hesitate any longer folks, purchase this video today, live vicariously through this great movie - I know I do - this is the next best thing to living in California! Side Out till' Sunset today!
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By Jayza75 on December 2, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As a beach volleyballer, its good to watch this film with all the cheesy acting, fluro outfits and retro volleyball gameplay.

C Thomas Howell's acting in this is pretty poor.

Some of the volleyball action scenes are ok, could have been a bit more exciting.

I always laugh at the last hand set in the movie as its a really bad double, and unless the referee was partly blind or looking the other way, they would not have won the last point (to win the grand final).

Its also a shame that the storyline is pretty far fetched about a rookie indoor player (who is really ordinary) that after a brief bit of questionable training goes on to win the grand final.

If i wasnt an avid player myself i probably would only rent this film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "jistfurfun" on November 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Although it is true that this movie is not blessed with great acting. However the plot is enjoyable although completely unbelievable. But then again isn't that why we watch movies in the first place. It is a shame that Beach Volleyball never reached the level of what was expected. All in all this movie was entertaining.
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By Annette Roden on March 10, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've remebered this movie since I was a kid after the first time i had seen it. In germany it's not available so I searched on the internet and I am so happy that I finally found it!!! I think those movies (from the 80's/beginning of the 90's) have got a special charme and I like them very much!

Thanks for offering it on amazon...and for selling and shipping it to costumers from germany!
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