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Side Out (1990)

C. Thomas Howell , Peter Horton , Peter Israelson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023GG80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,214 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Side Out" on IMDb

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie until the end! March 16, 1999
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's style 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
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE 90's BEACH VOLLEYBALL FAN 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Spalding tatoos and downright great music 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Side Out serve's up AAA rating !! March 28, 1999
By A Customer
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this but February 18, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Loved this film, but totally unrealistic. An amateur takes the volleyball world by storm. Yeah right lol Still a fun, summer volleyball flick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest movie of all time
There are no words to prepare you this. If you enjoy the volleyball scene from Top Gun, this is like a whole movie about it!
Published 20 months ago by O. Guzman
1.0 out of 5 stars thanks for nothing
I never got it not all i been waiting and waiting for almost 2 months ad still never got it thanks alot
Published 21 months ago by bubbamhs07
4.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
I've liked this movie for the longest time, it has a Rocky type of ending to it,the two unseeded players beating the number one seeded players,very exciting ending, the biggest... Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Donny
3.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: C plus.
A somewhat cheesy 80s tale about a kid (C. Thomas Howell) who starts his summer in Los Angeles working for his lawyer uncle and then turns to volleyball contesting with a washed... Read more
Published on May 14, 2012 by MISTER SJEM
3.0 out of 5 stars Sideout
As a beach volleyballer, its good to watch this film with all the cheesy acting, fluro outfits and retro volleyball gameplay. Read more
Published on December 2, 2010 by Jayza75
3.0 out of 5 stars Thirtysomething Sideout
One of my favorite 80s movies of all time. C. Thomas Howell is awesome. Peter Horton seems to shine here apart from his role on Thirtysomething. Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by Michael O. Walden
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Consider this a Guilty Pleasure favorite. I proudly admit that I watched this movie everytime it came on HBO. Read more
Published on September 15, 2007 by W. Landers
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE, IF UNREMARKABLE
"Side Out" is a breezy, if unremarkable film. If you love beach volleyball, you'll love this film. The "Rocky" of the sport.
Published on July 15, 2006 by Jack Wolf
2.0 out of 5 stars Happy crap....
This is a pretty bad movie, but if you are in the mood for that, watch Side Out. If you have a hangover on a Sunday afternoon, this movie may fit the bill. Read more
Published on July 25, 2004 by S. D. Gillette
4.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Brilliant Piece of Filmmaking
Side Out is just an incredible film. From the moment Monroe Clark steps off the plane from Milwaukee and onto the hot sandy beach volleyball scene, the action just never stops. Read more
Published on May 17, 2004 by "andrewhdunlap"
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