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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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Mike Leak
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Sy Orlansky
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Jimmy Baio ...
Carmen Ronzonni
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Jose Agilar (as Jaime O. Escobedo)
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Ogilvie (as Alfred Lutter)
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Jimmie Feldman
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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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Comedy | Family | Sport

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The Bad News Bears 2  »

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The factory where Kelly Leak locates his father is located on Old Galveston Road south of Loop 610 west of Pasadena, Texas. In the film, the facility is the former location of Texas Pipe and Supply (now the Boccard Pipe and Supply company). See more »

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When Kelly first greets his dad at work, Mr. Leak has a lunch box and thermos that he set on the trailer. A few minutes later, when his girlfriend drives up, he jumps right into the car without his items. You can still see them when they pan to Kelly. See more »

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Mike Engelberg: [entire Bears team singing] Won't your mother be disgusted when she finds her son is busted, footprint on the dashboard upside down, yee haw! Won't she scream in your ear when she finds you with that beer, grinin' and a stumblin all around yee haw!
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Followed by The Bad News Bears (1979) See more »

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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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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