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The Bad News Bears -- A major surprise as one of 1976's top grossing films. THE BAD NEWS BEARS is a movie about children that is refreshing, utterly believable, and quite cleverly funny. Walter Matthau is at his absolute best as the grumbling beer-guzzling former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits somewhat loosely called a team. With this bunch in uniform, it's impossible to get caught up in the suburban competitive spirit that drives other adults to extremes of parental dscipline. So, instead, the Bears have a good time.


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Release Date:
7 April 1976 (USA) See more »
...together they make it happen! See more »
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 »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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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)

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

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Jodie Foster was cast at one point as Amanda, but dropped out in order to play Iris in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976).See more »
Continuity: Right before Buttermaker bunts, Englebert's hat and mask are on his head but in the next shot the hat is gone.See more »
Kelly:[after getting cold shoulder from everyone] Hey does anyone mind if I warm up too?
Tanner Boyle:We didn't think you needed anybody but yourself to play catch with!
Kelly:Just cool it, runt.
[they start fighting]
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Referenced in Ping Pong Playa (2007)See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
My Childhood!, 20 July 2005
Author: jbr1039 from Charleston, SC

"The Bad News Bears" came out in 1976, the summer that I started playing little league. I know I am not breaking any new ground when I say that this film is a classic, but hopefully I can educate some of the younger viewers and posters as to how realistic this film is, in some ways.

First of all, I believe that anyone who has ever played organized youth sports has had a Tanner Boyle, Timmy Lupus and a Kelly Leek on their teams. This is just how it is, and for better or worse, it is one of the galvanizing factors that make youth leagues etch themselves indelibly into the memories of all those who have participated in them.

Second of all, kids curse. I don't know who the "nay-sayers" out there are, but they should look back into their own memories and try to figure out just when they learned to use the F-word. If you didn't learn it from your parents, you learned it from other kids. Granted, not all of us knew exactly what the words meant at that age, but we still used them. It was a small measure of rebellion at the age of seven.

When Tanner Boyle makes the comment that the team is filled with "niggers, spics, Jews and now a broad," it would be a crass, hateful comment if it had come from an adult. Yet, as a youth, Tanner gets a laugh because we all know that he doesn't really mean it, he is just repeating what he has heard at home -- not to condone what might have been said over the Boyle dinner table. The proof of this is obvious when Tanner "takes on the seventh grade," and makes a valiant attempt to preserve Timmy Lupus' honor before he gets thrown into a garbage can. Regardless of Tanner's racist remarks about the team, and his shunning of Lupus, "Lupus, why don't you sit over there? (abbr.)" he is willing to fight for those same people.

Third, (sorry for the digression), that's what parents are like. It is a truth that goes down through the ages: when it comes to their children, all adults are a-holes. When it comes time to see their children strive to excel at something, they become the obnoxious, bullying, chest-beating sh**s they have warned their children not to be. For the most part it is an extension to the children for what the parents' couldn't be in the first place, e.g. a good shortstop.

And Fourth: Losing. There is something about those pinstripes and even the moniker "Yankees" that make some of us want to do violent things to a couch. Mind you, I am not a native southerner, nor am I a Red Sox fan. I am just a man who can see the fact that pinstripes and the word "Yankees" symbolizes a corporate juggernaut that tries to annihilate the concept of fair play. For the Bears to ultilmately lose to the "Yankees" is just. They got beat. Perhaps it is an irony that this movie came out one year after the last choppers left Saigon, that defeat was in the air, so to speak.

There was still a message to this movie. A message that I have carried throughout my adult life. A message that Churchill had during the Blitz, and Giuliani had in the post 9/11 rubble. Once again, a line from Tanner Boyle: "Hey Yankees, you can take your trophy and shove it up your ass. Just wait until next year!"

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