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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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Continuity: In the game between the Toros and the Bears, a Bears player is seen up to bat with an aluminum bat but the camera angle change has him swinging a wood bat.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
1812 OvertureSee more »


What does Jose Agilar say when he and his brother are looking at the dirty magazines?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of those "You had to be there" films, 10 April 2008
Author: Damon Fordham from United States

Folks, There is only one group of people who will truly enjoy and think this is a great film-the group who it was intended for: those of us who were in our pre-teens or early teens who saw this when it first came out in the Summer of 1977.

The tale is pretty much the kind of thing that every red-blooded American boy of that age would dream about. The little leaguers fire their tyrannical coach and "borrow" a van to play at a little league championship in Houston. To avoid spoiling it, I'll just say that this deals with their adventures along the way and the results. A "Huckleberry Finn" of the 1970s, to be generous.

The overprotective parents and PC squads of today would have heart attacks at the scenes of the kids' foul language, cigarette smoking, chasing a grown woman, committing grand theft auto, and swiping Playboy magazines. But most of us who saw it at the time knew that this was over -the top and didn't take it that seriously.

Yeah, an adult viewer would agree that the story, writing, and acting are atrocious. But this wasn't intended to be Shakespeare. See it with a 13 year old mind and trust me, you'll "get it." For those of us who saw this as 13 year olds in 1977, leave your brains at the door and enjoy the nostalgia and the theme song "Looking Good." To everyone else-you've been warned!

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