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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.



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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Whitewood
Ogilvie (as Alfred W. Lutter)
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>

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport


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7 April 1976 (USA)  »

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The Bad News Bears  »


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(Glen Glenn Sound)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer-actor-director Quentin Tarantino has said this is one of his favorite ever movies. See more »


During the championship game, the player's shadows alternate between being cast towards the outfield and towards the first base line. See more »


Cleveland: Goddamn class action suits are gonna be the ruin of this country. It wasn't so bad when the courts made us take girls. At least the ones that came could play, but now this.
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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 Outsourced: Pilot (2010) See more »


Written by Georges Bizet
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Should be required viewing for anyone who coaches
10 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Bad News for the Athletics!" This movie should be required viewing for parents and coaches of any sport at any level. It reminds me of what is wrong about youth sports, but at the same time what makes youth sports great. There are many lessons to be learned from this movie. It is sad, but many parents and coaches continue to make the game about themselves and not about the children playing. Bad News Bears shows just how ridiculous that type of attitude regarding youth sports is.

Bad News Bears is the original kids/sports movie without the Disney cliches. There isn't a clear cut bad guy, each coach (Buttermaker and Turner) have there faults and motivation. It is also refreshing that the movie does not have the typical Hollywood ending, but instead one that is fitting for the team sponsored by Chico's Bail Bonds.

Bad News Bears is also a great reminder of life in the late 1970s, the uniforms, clothes, cars, etc. Finally, it is an entertaining movie, especially for anyone who has played little league baseball (or any youth sport). It makes me laughs every time I watch it.

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