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The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG  |   |  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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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 ...


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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At last, a picture of kids as they really are. See more »


Comedy | Family | Sport


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Release Date:

7 April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chouette équipe  »

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Sound Mix:

(Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kristy McNichol was originally offered the role of Amanda; after successfully auditioning, the producers told her when they would begin filming and to start preparing, but McNichol says over one weekend they changed their minds and she got the disappointing call they were giving the role to Tatum O'Neal. See more »


When Buttermaker is getting issued equipment from Cleveland in the beginning of the movie she tells him there are 17 teams are in the league. However only seven teams appear in the league standings and ever appear in the movie. See more »


Engelberg: [Takes half-empty pint of whiskey from Buttermaker's glove box and holds it up] You're not supposed to have open liquor in the car. It's against the law.
Coach Morris Buttermaker: So is murder, Engelberg. Now put it back before you get me into real trouble.
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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 Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »


Written by Georges Bizet
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5 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

Hilarious film with a darker side that sometimes pokes through, especially in its serious moments. This is classic Walter Matthau, and classic Jackie Earle Haley, too! (Love that air hockey scene!) It reminds me of my childhood, and not many movies do. I can watch this film a dozen times and never get tired of it.

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