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Director:
Writer:
Bill Lancaster (written by)
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Release Date:
7 April 1976 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
...together they make it happen! See more »
Plot:
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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Unsentimentally endearing See more (85 total) »

Cast

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Walter Matthau ... Coach Morris Buttermaker

Tatum O'Neal ... Amanda Whurlitzer

Vic Morrow ... Roy Turner

Joyce Van Patten ... Cleveland
Ben Piazza ... Bob Whitewood

Jackie Earle Haley ... Kelly Leak

Alfred Lutter III ... Ogilvie (as Alfred W. Lutter)
Chris Barnes ... Tanner Boyle
Erin Blunt ... Ahmad Abdul Rahim
Gary Lee Cavagnaro ... Engelberg
Jaime Escobedo ... Jose Agilar
Scott Firestone ... Regi Tower
George Gonzales ... Miguel Agilar
Brett Marx ... Jimmy Feldman

David Pollock ... Rudi Stein
Quinn Smith ... Timmy Lupus
David Stambaugh ... Toby Whitewood

Brandon Cruz ... Joey Turner
Timothy Blake ... Mrs. Lupus
Bill Sorrells ... Mr. Tower
Shari Summers ... Mrs. Turner
Joe Brooks ... Umpire

George Wyner ... White Sox Manager
David Lazarus ... Yankee

Charles Matthau ... Athletic
Maurice Marks ... Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Culver ... Newscaster (uncredited)

D'Janine King-Lasky ... Spectator at ball game (uncredited)
Maggie Munro ... Kid (uncredited)
Ethan Tudor W. ... Astros / Ballplayer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
 
Writing credits
Bill Lancaster (written by)

Produced by
Stanley R. Jaffe .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Polly Platt 
 
Set Decoration by
Cheryal Kearney 
 
Makeup Department
Caryl Codon-Tharp .... hair stylist (as Caryl Codon)
Jack Obringer .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack Roe .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Blair Robertson .... second assistant director
Jack Roe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Pat O'Connor .... property master
 
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator (as Chris Swiebert)
Billy Walsh .... camera assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas S. Dawson .... costumer: men (as Tommy Dawson)
Nancy Martinelli .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
John Wright .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
Jerry Fielding .... music adaptor
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Portia Adams .... welfare worker
Phil Epstein .... dialogue coach
Monica Lauer .... secretary to the director
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Susan Shonnard .... assistant to producer
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Color (Movielab) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:S | Japan:PG12 (2011) | Singapore:PG | UK:PG | USA:PG | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
In the film, neither of the Aguilar brothers could speak any English. In reality, according to an interview in a Sports Illustrated "Where Are They Now" issue, Jaime Escobedo (Jose) and George Gonzales (Miguel) were in fact fluent in English, and didn't know how to speak in Spanish. They had to learn their entire dialogue strictly in Spanish before filming began.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Poster in the equipment room has multiple misspellings of "equiptment".See more »
Quotes:
Amanda Whurlitzer:Look, Buttermaker, you're not my father and I'll not move an inch to play baseball for you any more. So why don't you get back into that sardine can of yours and go, go vacuum the bottom of the Pacific Ocean? I've got business to take care of. You're blocking my customers with your car.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.10" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Unsentimentally endearing, 16 July 1999
Author: anonymous from Boston, MA

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.

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