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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 »
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Bob Whitewood
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Ogilvie (as Alfred W. Lutter)
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Storyline

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 coach is waiting for his next beer. The pitcher is waiting for her first bra. The team is waiting for a miracle. Consider the possibilities. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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7 April 1976 (USA)  »

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La chouette équipe  »

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Trivia

The Coach is shown to purchase his team's uniforms at "Willis' Sporting Goods" in Thousand Oaks, CA. This store (now closed) was owned and operated by Howard (Howie) Willis, who is now retired and living in Lake Oswego, OR. [February 2015] See more »

Goofs

After losing an air hockey match to Kelly, Amanda must go to a Rolling Stones concert with him. The movie takes place in 1976 yet The Rolling Stones did not play in or around the Los Angeles area until 1978. And that was at Anaheim Stadium. Their previous L.A. appearance was in July, 1975. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Whurlitzer: Hey, Buttermaker! Maybe next spring you'll teach me how to hit.
Coach Morris Buttermaker: You bet.
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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 »

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Referenced in Outsourced: Pilot (2010) See more »

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Carmen
Written by Georges Bizet
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Single Greatest Kids and Sports Movie EVER!
23 September 2003 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

I know that is an exaggeration, but I truly believe that this movie sets the standard by which all other "kids and sports" movies will be measured.

What it does that is unique is that it keeps the swearing and fighting where it belongs: on the field. This movie does not even try to make anyone look good, for the sake of making them look good. It just shows the kids at their very essence: booger-eating morons, just out to have a good time trying to play baseball.


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