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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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Director:
Writer:
Bill Lancaster (written by)
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Release Date:
7 April 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Single Greatest Kids and Sports Movie EVER! See more (88 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)

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:
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 | France:U | Japan:PG12 (2011) | Singapore:PG | UK:PG | USA:PG | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
When Coach Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) is getting into his car after leaving Councilman Whitewood's office, there's a sign in the background for a production of "Hello, Dolly!". Matthau played Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly! (1969).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:
Coach Morris Buttermaker:[handing out cups and supporters to the boys] There is one thing I forgot to tell you guys. It's a league rule: cups and supporters.
[everyone complains]
Coach Morris Buttermaker:Gotta be worn at all times.
[more complaints]
Coach Morris Buttermaker:Either you wear 'em or you don't wear 'em and you don't play.
Jose Agilar:¡Yo no me voy a poner esto! ¡Esto duele!
[Throws his back in the box]
Jose Agilar:["I'm not going to wear this! It hurts!"]
Coach Morris Buttermaker:What? What are you saying?
Ogilvie:I've been brushing up on my Spanish of late, and I think he is saying something about, you know, his being Catholic, and it's a sin.
[...]
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Single Greatest Kids and Sports Movie EVER!, 23 September 2003
Author: enipuzgma from Southern California

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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