91 user 41 critic

The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 7 April 1976 (USA)
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.



4,362 ( 2,507)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A troubled, rebellious teen drives his rambunctious baseball team out to Houston where they play an exhibition game and the boy meets his estranged father, and hires him as the teams coach.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: William Devane, Jackie Earle Haley, Clifton James
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

In this third film of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promoter/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry
Stars: Tony Curtis, Jackie Earle Haley, Tomisaburô Wakayama
The Sandlot (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team in this coming of age movie set in the summer of 1962. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog.

Director: David M. Evans
Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur
The Rookie (2002)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible.

Director: William Dear
Stars: Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A self-centered lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith
My Bodyguard (1980)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.

Director: Tony Bill
Stars: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin
Little Giants (1994)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer
Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Paul Soles
Animation | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A gentle and wise grey spider with a flair for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter for dinner food.

Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto
Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Piazza ...
Bob Whitewood
Ogilvie (as Alfred W. Lutter)
Chris Barnes ...
Erin Blunt ...
Gary Lee Cavagnaro ...
Jaime Escobedo ...
Scott Firestone ...
George Gonzales ...
Brett Marx ...
David Pollock ...


First of a trilogy of films takes an unflinching look at the underbelly of little league baseball in Southern California. Former minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker is a lazy, beer swilling swimming pool cleaner who takes money to coach the Bears, a bunch of disheveled misfits who have virtually no baseball talent. Realizing his dilemma, Coach Buttermaker brings aboard girl pitching ace Amanda Whurlizer, the daughter of a former girlfriend, and Kelly Leak, a motorcycle punk who happens to be the best player around. Brimming with confidence, the Bears look to sweep into the championship game and avenge an earlier loss to their nemesis, the Yankees. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A classic comedy about growing up! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

7 April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chouette équipe  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Throughout the film, Coach Buttermaker is constantly drinking beer, yet he is seldom seen drinking the same brand. Buttermaker is seen at various times in the film drinking Budweiser, Miller High Life, Schlitz "Kingers," Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lucky Lager and Coors. See more »


In the dugout, during the final game against the Yankees, Coach Buttermaker's beer switches from a 16-ounce can of Coors, to a brown glass bottle of Lucky Lager, and back again to Coors, all within a matter of seconds. See more »


Tanner Boyle: Those Yankees are real turds.
See more »

Crazy Credits

When the Paramount logo turns blue, the "Paramount" text extends beyond the dark blue area instead of staying inside the dark blue. See more »


Referenced in Criminal Minds: The Apprenticeship (2012) See more »


Written by Georges Bizet
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Unsentimentally endearing
16 July 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This is a superb movie. I don't think it will ever become dated--not as long as little league baseball is in existence. I remember first seeing it at a drive-in when I was ten, shortly after my own little league season had finished. Walter Matthau is excellent as Buttermaker, the beer-soaked coach who takes on the unwanted task of coaching a team of misfit kids who were allowed to play in the league only after a civil action law suit was won in their favor. Tatum O'Neal shines as the team's recruited pitcher Amanda, whose mother once dated Buttermaker. A touching subplot involves the relationship between Amanda and Buttermaker which turns from distant to warm as the final game approaches. Vic Morrow gives a frighteningly good performance as the out-to-win-no-matter-what coach of the opposing team who was never happy with the fact that the Bears were allowed to play in the first place. Joyce Van Patten is also good as the butch, outspoken league supervisor.

It's the kid players that really give this movie the edge. All performances are top-notch, and director Michael Ritchie splendidly keeps the focus mostly on them and their feelings about the whole ordeal. Stand-outs include Jackie Earl Haley as the heroic Kelly Leak and Chris Barnes as shortstop Tanner Boyle. This film should be a warning to relentless adults who try to achieve stardom on the backs of their children, be it on the baseball field or on the ballet floor.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Protest wearing a cup evanb-954-130703
The F Word - First PG MOVIE To Say It appell-1
Kelly has a Harley? sandmets22
why is the coach SO mean ?? whitehorse88
Tanner mrdumass4-1
Amanda and Kelly go to the Rolling Stones concert cryptical70
Discuss The Bad News Bears (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: