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The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 8 July 1977 (USA)
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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Mike Leak
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Sy Orlansky
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Jimmy Baio ...
Carmen Ronzonni
Chris Barnes ...
Erin Blunt ...
George Gonzales ...
Jaime Escobedo ...
Jose Agilar (as Jaime O. Escobedo)
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Ogilvie (as Alfred Lutter)
Brett Marx ...
Jimmie Feldman
David Pollock ...
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David Stambaugh ...
Jeffrey Louis Starr ...
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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 <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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They've fired their coach. They've "borrowed" a van. They're on their way to the Houston Astrodome...with girls on their minds, cops on their tails, and the game of their lives at stake. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sport

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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 »

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During the hidden ball trick. Off camera you can clearly hear the director give instructions to the ball players. See more »

Quotes

Kelly Leak: The team's in trouble back at the hotel.
Mike Leak: How can you get in trouble at a hotel?
Kelly Leak: You don't know the Bears.
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Lookin' Good
Music: Craig Safan
Lyric: Norman Gimbel
Sung by: James Rolleston
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Kids are so adorable when they turn 13, aren't they?
6 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yikes...one of the most awkward sequels of all times. First they replace the inspiring, easily recognizable soundtrack of the original ("Carmen") with some maudlin seventies fare that even Laverne and Shirley would laugh at. Then they have a group of unappealing adolescents known as the 'Bears' ride to the Astrodome in the back of a cargo van (why the Bears were chosen to play in this game instead of the Yankees, the team that actually WON the championship in the first film, is conveniently glossed over). In between, there's a sandlot game where, predictably, the Bears revert to their 'Bad News' ways. Yeech!

There are some sequels that should not be made when the star of the original decides to move on, and this is one of those times. Perhaps Matthau saw the script and realized that his career would follow that of Roy Scheider's if he participated in this atrocity. Other than a somewhat touching subplot involving Tanner's desire to win the game for "The Looper" (Timmy Lupus who appears in the sequel for about twenty three seconds), this film is more than worthy of a royal skewering from Mike and the bots of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" fame.


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