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The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training -- 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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8 July 1977 (USA) See more »
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 »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Devane ... Mike Leak

Clifton James ... Sy Orlansky

Jackie Earle Haley ... Kelly Leak
Jimmy Baio ... Carmen Ronzonni
Chris Barnes ... Tanner Boyle
Erin Blunt ... Ahmad Abdul Rahim
George Gonzales ... Miguel Agilar
Jaime Escobedo ... Jose Agilar (as Jaime O. Escobedo)

Alfred Lutter III ... Ogilvie (as Alfred Lutter)
Brett Marx ... Jimmie Feldman

David Pollock ... Rudi Stein
Quinn Smith ... Timmy Lupus - The Big Looper
David Stambaugh ... Toby Whitewood
Jeffrey Louis Starr ... Mike Engelberg
Lane Smith ... Officer Mackie
Fred Stuthman ... Lester Eastland
Dolph Sweet ... Mr. Manning
Pat Corley ... Morrie Slaytor
Ira Gilbert ... Motel Manager

Gene Rader ... Grocery Clerk
Ronnie Thomas ... Indian Pitcher
Douglas Anderson ... Carl Rutherford
Jerry Lawson ... Chip Roberts
G.G. Lively ... 1st Patrolman
Martha Turner ... Evonne
Maggie Burns ... Ruth
Michelle Fruge ... Janet
Leigh Manley ... Janet's Girl Friend
Jason Cooper ... Leon Waterson
Yvonne McCord ... Sheila Lansing
Charles Krohn ... Newscaster
Viki Kilstrom ... Hitchhiker
John W. Goyen Jr. ... Locker Room Official
Ted Dawson ... Astrodome Announcer
Bob Watson ... Houston Astros First Baseman (as Robert J. Watson)
Joseph V. Ferguson ... Houston Astros Catcher
Enos Cabell ... Houston Astros Third Baseman
Ken Forsch ... Houston Astros Relief Pitcher (as Kenneth R. Forsch)
Roger Metzger ... Houston Astros Shortstop
William C. Virdon ... Houston Astros Manager
J.R. Richard ... Houston Astros Starting Pitcher (as James Richard)
César Cedeno ... Houston Astros Outfielder (as Cesar Cedeno)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Hodge ... Fan at Astrodome (uncredited)

Jake Messinger ... Houston Toros Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Pressman 
Writing credits
Paul Brickman (written by)

Bill Lancaster (characters)

Produced by
Fred T. Gallo .... associate producer
Leonard Goldberg .... producer
Original Music by
Craig Safan 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John W. Wheeler 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Stephen Myles Berger  (as Steve Berger)
Set Decoration by
Fred Price  (as Fred R. Price)
Costume Design by
Jack Martell 
Makeup Department
John Inzerella .... makeup artist
Joan Phillips .... hair stylist
Production Management
Fred T. Gallo .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Wally Samson .... production manager: studio features (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... assistant director
Kim Kurumada .... second assistant director
David Nicksay .... second assistant director (as Dave Nicksay)
Alain Silver .... dga trainee
Art Department
Matt Springman .... property master
Olesley Cole .... leadman (uncredited)
Ken Criswell .... swing gang (uncredited)
George Hamilton .... assistant props (uncredited)
Nikita Knatz .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Howard Beals .... sound effects editor
Dominick Gaffey .... sound mixer (as Nick Gaffey)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
Ron Collins .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jim Osburn .... cableman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Barth .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Norman Lang .... electrician
John Murray .... key grip (as John J. Murray)
Gene Stout .... gaffer (as Eugene W. Stout)
Bob Apger .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim Coe .... still photographer: Houston (uncredited)
Angelo de Young .... grip (uncredited)
Ron Housiaux .... best boy (uncredited)
Edward Morey III .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Lawrence E. Peets .... best boy (uncredited)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Joel Stout .... electrician (uncredited)
Bill Young .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fincher .... assistant costumes (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Robert Souders .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Craig Safan .... music adaptor
Craig Safan .... music producer: "Lookin' Good"
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... driver captain (uncredited)
John Reade .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Douglas D. Anderson .... dialogue coach
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Elise Ganz .... studio teacher
Don Henry .... production auditor
Adria Later .... studio teacher (as Adria Licklider)
Michael Lehman .... unit publicist
Louis Smallwood .... studio teacher
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Betty Atkinson .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ron Eisenman .... first aid (uncredited)
Marty P. Ewing .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Janice Lisalda .... secretary to producer and director (uncredited)
Freeman Packard .... production support (uncredited)
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Sanders .... craft service (uncredited)
Glen Sanford .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Breaking Training" - Philippines (English title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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During the game at the Astrodome, a Toros player comments that Jimmy Feldman looks like "one of the Marx Brothers". Brett Marx, who plays Jimmy, is the grandson of Gummo Marx, a brother of the Marx Brothers.See more »
Continuity: The "No Parking/Tow Away Zone" sign is first shown partially hidden by a plant. Moments later, when the police car pulls up, the sign is now plainly visible and nowhere near the plant.See more »
Mike Leak:Listen it's been a long time...
Kelly Leak:It's been eight years. You know why I know that? You know why I know it's been eight years? Because on the day left you gave me this little blue bicycle, I was five years old, some little punk kid, and you have me the bike thinking that if I accepted the gift, I'd accept a deal, well you were wrong! I didn't except that bicycle, it's eight years old, it's untouched and it's still in my basement...
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What does Jose Agilar say when he and his brother are looking at the dirty magazines?
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I LOVED this movie-back in the day, 13 August 2012
Author: brtndr from United States

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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