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The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Sport  |  8 July 1977 (USA)
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A troubled, rebellious teen drives his rambunctious baseball team out to Houston where they play an exhibition game and the boy meets his estranged father, and hires him as the teams coach.



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Jimmy Baio ...
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Erin Blunt ...
George Gonzales ...
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Jose Agilar (as Jaime O. Escobedo)
Ogilvie (as Alfred Lutter)
Brett Marx ...
Jimmie Feldman
Quinn Smith ...
David Stambaugh ...
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Sentimental sequel film finds the Bears, somehow, the little league champions of California. As a result, the team is invited to play a between-games exhibition at the Houston Astrodome with the local champs, the Toros. Kelly Leak, the Bears' star player, decides to rejoin the team and go with them to Houston to make amends with his estranged father, Mike. Written by Rick Gregory <>

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The Bad News Bears are one year older and one year wilder. See more »


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8 July 1977 (USA)  »

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The Bad News Bears 2  »

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The role of Officer Mackie is played by the reasonable new actor, Lane Smith. At the end of the movie, he is one of the first few fans to rise up in the stands and yell, "Let them play," at the Astrodome. Lane would appear 15 years later in "The Mighty Ducks," as win-at-all-costs, Coach Reilly who was the coach of the Ducks rival team, The Hawks. See more »


Opening scene of the movie when Engelberg rides up to the ballpark the sky turns from a overcast late day shot to a sunny early day shot. See more »


Jose Agilar: Four dollars, for both of us!
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Music: Craig Safan
Lyric: Norman Gimbel
Sung by: James Rolleston
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Dome Sweet Dome.
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of the standard crew (Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal are huge absences though) return for this feather-weight sequel to the highly popular original of 1976. This time juvenile delinquent Jackie Earle Haley and his teammates hit the road to Houston to play a little league game in the Astrodome. It seems that Haley's estranged father (William Devane) also lives in Texas and he becomes a focal point as the club lacks a manager. The kids are more grown up this time but their maturity seems to be on the decline as they only care about girls (who are all obviously older than they are) and getting into general mischief. The only real attraction is the Astrodome as the old scoreboard and the novelty of the eighth wonder of the world in 1977 make the closing act of the picture a nostalgic view to a part of sports history that many have already forgotten about. Overall the movie is a stinker with little else to recommend. 2 stars out of 5.

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