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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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Cutthroat Little League--in all its sprinkler-system, sun-&-Schlitz-drenched glory See more (89 total) »


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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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The film's poster art was drawn by Jack Davis, one of the founding illustrators for MAD magazine.See more »
Continuity: When the Bears play the Athletics the game before the championship game, the scoreboard says the home team is winning 1-0 the first time we see it. The second time we see it, the visitors are winning 1-0. The third time we see it, the home team is winning 2-1.See more »
Coach Morris Buttermaker:Now get back to the stands before I shave off half your mustache and shove it up your left nostril.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Coming Attractions (1978)See more »
CarmenSee more »


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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Cutthroat Little League--in all its sprinkler-system, sun-&-Schlitz-drenched glory, 22 June 2005
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Scrappy pool-cleaner (and former ballplayer) in Southern California gets talked into coaching Little League to a bunch of no-talent boys. I don't think I've ever seen another movie that captured this bit of Americana so vividly: you can almost smell the freshly-cut grass and the cigar smoke in the air! One of Walter Matthau's many triumphs, and Tatum O'Neal as the pitching ace is also terrific (especially in the dug-out scene where she tries involving Matthau in her life and he cracks, sending her away in tears: "You don't wanna go, fine, no big deal."). The young boys are mostly all wonderful: Alfred Lutter, from "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore", as the nerdy brain; Jackie Earle Haley as the cool kid with shades and motorcycle; Brandon Cruz, from "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", as the pitcher for the enemy-team. The film has some overacting and is occasionally sloppy (with the boom-mike showing, as well as O'Neal's stand-in in a wig), but is otherwise extremely well-written and designed and directed. In 1976, this had kids and adults lining up to see it, so I wouldn't consider the picture a 'sleeper' or an underrated film. It was a big commercial box-office hit and there is an audience for it wherever there's a DVD player and a screen. ***1/2 from ****

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