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The Bad News Bears (1976)

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

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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>

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The daily newspaper Comic Strip Tank McNamara ran a story line loosely based and inspired by the movie. In the story line a girl named Janet wins an injunction to pitch in an all boys Little League for a team called The Bears. Janet, and the team's coach bore slight resemblance to Tatum O'Neal and Walter Mathau. See more »

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When Kelly is playing air hockey before Amanda comes in, the cigarette goes from his mouth to his hand, depending on the angle of the shot. See more »

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[Amanda has been kicked in the chest]
Amanda: I know I don't got a lot up there, but what I got sure don't feel too good.
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A great American film
12 February 2002 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised this film is not higher rated. This is a great film about America and certainly one of the great comedies. Walter Matthau was born for this role. The kids are impeccably cast. Hilarious, moving and inspirational.


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