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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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Reminder of a freer time... See more (83 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:
Throughout the film, Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) is constantly drinking beer, yet he is seldom seen drinking the same brand. Buttermaker is seen at various times in the film drinking Budweiser, Miller High Life, Schlitz "Kingers", Pabst Blue Ribbon, and original Coors. He is, however, shown drinking Budweiser on several occasions.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the Dugout, during the final game against the Yankees, Coach Buttermaker's beer alternates between a 16 ounce can of Coors to a small Red Stripe-like bottle between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[hitting batting practice]
Coach Morris Buttermaker:[yells to infield] All right, look alive! Let's get one out there!
[to Engleberg]
Coach Morris Buttermaker:Are you ready?
[Buttermaker bunts in front of the plate]
Coach Morris Buttermaker:Engleberg?
Engelberg:[exasperated] What?
Coach Morris Buttermaker:That is a bunt - B-U-N-T. The catcher is supposed to pick up the bunt and throw it to first base.
Coach Morris Buttermaker:Well, how was I supposed to know? You made such a big deal yelling out to them.
Coach Morris Buttermaker:[sighs] Diversionary tactic, Engleberg. Now get the ball...
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Soundtrack:
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41 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Reminder of a freer time..., 5 May 2005
Author: shneur from United States

I was really impressed with how well this movie has "aged." Walter Natthau plays that role of the alcoholic wash-out to perfection, and Tatum O'Neal portrays the struggle of a young girl trying to enter adolescence without losing her sense of "self" with delicacy and skill. It's a good story,with quite a bit serious to say about human nature and the understandings and misunderstandings between generations; it makes me mad that it never received the attention it deserved because it's "just" about kids. On a sadder note, I also couldn't help being impressed with how far this culture has regressed since 1976. The children's use of even mild profanity would never be permitted now in a "family film," and the wonderful scene at the end would certainly send the Thought Police running for their placards and boycotts. It's worth watching this film again just to remind ourselves that only 30 years ago children still enjoyed some autonomous space in which to grow, and the iron doors of the Nanny State had not yet completely swung closed upon them.

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