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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Leak
Sy Orlansky
Jimmy Baio ...
Carmen Ronzonni
Chris Barnes ...
Erin Blunt ...
George Gonzales ...
Jaime Escobedo ...
Jose Agilar (as Jaime O. Escobedo)
Ogilvie (as Alfred Lutter)
Brett Marx ...
Jimmie Feldman
Quinn Smith ...
David Stambaugh ...
Jeffrey Louis Starr ...
Officer Mackie


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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Did You Know?


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 »


In the famous "hidden ball trick" scene against the Toros, the Bears pitcher is on the mound during the trick. This would make the play impossible because being on the mound "rubber" without the ball is considered a balk at any level of baseball. See more »


Carmen Ronzonni: By way of introduction, I'm what you call your basic versatile ball-thrower.
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Referenced in Beerfest (2006) See more »


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Music: Craig Safan
Lyric: Norman Gimbel
Sung by: James Rolleston
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I LOVED this movie-back in the day
13 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie back in the summer of '77, just before my 9th birthday, and enjoyed it so much that I joined a little league baseball team the following year. Unfortunately, our team didn't end up winning the state championship, and we never traveled 2,000 miles plus from Arizona to Houston in a stolen van to play a baseball game. But, our team had a lot of fun despite our constant parental supervision, and lack of a feel good soundtrack. That's what this film did for my life.

While some have heavily criticized this sequel over the absents of Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. However, I find their criticism is incompatible with the overall plot and theme of the movie, about a team of kids breaking away from the confines of their suburban existence in California, and seeking carefree adventures independent of any super imposed rules and societal precepts. Sort of like a cross between 'Easy Rider', and 'Bless the Beast and Children'. Except, without any Buffalo's serving as metaphors for the spirit of children, and stuff.

Therefore, the manager in the original Bad News Bears (Walter Matthau) can't be included in the sequel, or he might end up in jail for grand theft auto, kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a lot of minors. And, you can't have a preteen Tatum O'Neal traveling 2,000 miles in a van filled with a bunch of horny boys. Bad things are bound to happen. So these criticism are really unjustified, and you would have to have a completely different movie if the Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neil characters were included in this sequel.

However, what would be a fair criticism of the movie, is the fact that The Bad Bears are a really Bad baseball team before Kelly's separated father (William Devane) takes over as manager and converts them into champion players once again, after just a few days of practice.

This makes no sense at all, because the team has already won the California state championship before arriving in Houston. So, they shouldn't have any trouble hitting and fielding, even if their having trouble replacing Tatum O'Neil's pitching.

The obviously manufactured family drama scenes that inevitably occur when Kelly's role as "team leader" is threatened by his fathers assistance. That Kelly personally requested in the first place.(well, sort of)

This concludes with an over the top, Hollywood manufactured family drama scene at a pool hall between Kelly and his long lost father. That's followed by the equally easy quick resolution of long time buried family issues after the team manages to come from behind, and pull out the close game at the end of the movie.

Fortunately, I was too young back in '77 to notice these flawed script devices, and really enjoyed just riding along with the team, and experience their sense of adventure while breaking a few "grown-up" imposed rules while independently pursuing their quest to play the Houston Champions, and resolve a few father and son issues along the way.

While I realize that this movie is definitely not for everyone. But, if you were a kid in the 70's, or just want to reconnect with your lost sense of youthful mischief when the world was still just one big adventure? Then this is a must see movie.

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