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Here Come the Tigers -- A losing Little League baseball team, comprised of rough-talking, racially mixed neighborhood kids, is ultimately pulled into enough of a team to win a championship.


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14 April 1979 (Japan) See more »
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Amiable cop Eddie Burke and his clumsy partner Burt Honneger get the impossible job of coaching a little... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Kathy Bell ... Patty O'Malley
Noel Cunningham ... Noel 'Peanuts' Cady (as Noel John Cunningham)
Sean P. Griffin ... Art 'The Fart' Bullfinch
Max McClellan ... Mike 'The Bod' Karpel

Kevin Moore ... 'Eaglescout' Terwilliger
Lance Norwood ... Ralphy Parks
Ted Oyama ... Umeki Siddaharo
Michael Pastore ... Roger 'Fingers' Ross
Xavier Rodrigo ... Buster / Francis Xavier Rivera
Philip Scuderi ... Danny Mayfield
David Schmalholz ... Fritz 'Bionic Mouth' Curtis
Nancy Willis ... Sharyn Dixon
Andy Weeks ... 'Scoop' Maxwell
Todd Weeks ... Timmy Deutsch
Richard Lincoln ... Eddie Burke
James Zvanut ... Burt Honneger
Samantha Grey ... Bette Burke
Manny Lieberman ... Felix the Umpire
Terry Vance ... Mrs. Mayfield
Fred Denham ... Chief Duggan (as Fred H. Denham)
William Caldwell ... Kreeger
Fred J. Lincoln ... Aesop (as Fred Lincoln)
Mary Gamsu ... Judge Morin
Victor B. Miller ... Announcer
David Poor ... Dr. Newton
John Anthony Williams ... Cop #1 (as Tony Williams)
John B. Rose ... Cop #2
Luckey Heath ... Dr. Sternberg
George Ganzle ... The Con
Charles Curtiss ... Chauffeur
Sharon 'Brandy' Morris ... Woman in Jeep
Lee Bogert ... Fancy Woman
Vincent Sandercock ... Umpire #2
Aloysius Kerry ... Gus, The Panthers Coach
Adam Ganzle ... Spittin' Jim Hurley
Timothy Wilder ... The Pride of San Juan
Michael Ganzle ... Roadblock Neary
William Wilder ... The Beast
John Basili ... The Hook
Robert Basili ... The Razor
Jennifer Lyman ... Big Bertha
Andy Wittenstein ... Ramrod Steiner (as Andrew Wittenstein)
Doug Fincher ... Marcioni
William Hart ... Panther Player
Katie Ross ... Panther Player
Caroline Sherman ... Panther Player
Susan Boyar ... Cubs Coach
Kevin Cunningham ... Cubs Coach
Emily Bernhard ... Cubs Player
Neal Matthews ... Cubs Player
Charles Bunting ... Cubs Player
Gary Pils ... Cubs Player
James Freehill ... Cubs Player
Brian Reilly ... Cubs Player
Kelley Goodson ... Cubs Player
Michael Reilly ... Cubs Player
Kyle Goodson ... Cubs Player
Alex Sumner ... Cubs Player
Thomas Charney ... Pirates Coach
Peter Brummel ... Pirates Player
Andy McKibbins ... Pirates Player
Stephen Chacho ... Pirates Player
Ian Miller ... Pirates Player
Francesco D'Amico ... Pirates Player
David Rully ... Pirates Player
Adam Jebb ... Pirates Player
Jay Schmalholz ... Pirates Player
Michael Kaminsky ... Pirates Player

Mircea Oprea ... Pirates Player (as Micu Oprea)
Jessica Cunningham ... Cheerleader
Hilary Bogert ... Cheerleader
Cyrena Bogert ... Cheerleader
Patrice Hart ... Cheerleader

Directed by
Sean S. Cunningham 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arch McCoy  writer

Produced by
Sean S. Cunningham .... producer
Steve Miner .... producer (as Stephen Miner)
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
Cinematography by
Barry Abrams 
Film Editing by
Steve Miner 
Art Direction by
Susan E. Cunningham 
Makeup Department
Carla White .... makeup artist (as Carla Leigh White)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nancy Hart .... first assistant director
Steve Miner .... second unit director
Art Department
Roderick Robinson .... property master
Sound Department
Jack Higgins .... sound mixer
Max Kalmanowicz .... sound recordist
Richard Murphy .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Bogert .... still photographer
Denver John Collins .... camera operator (as Denver Collins)
Denver John Collins .... gaffer (as Denver Collins)
Wes Craven .... gaffer
John Drake .... best boy grip
Stuart Math .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jack Rose .... key grip
Robert D. Shulman .... key grip (as Robert Shulman)
Timothy Snell .... first assistant camera (as Timothy John Snell)
Peter Stein .... camera operator: second unit
Jeff Wayman .... second assistant camera (as Jeffrey Wayman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Bloom .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Susan E. Cunningham .... assistant editor
Bill Freda .... additional editor (as William Freda)
Dan Markham .... synchronization editor
Timothy Snell .... assistant editor (as Timothy John Snell)
Music Department
Harry Manfredini .... music adaptor
Other crew
Liz Argo .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Argo)
Sharon Giese Hungerford .... production accountant
Sharon 'Brandy' Morr .... production assistant
Wynne Robison .... production assistant
John Travers .... production assistant
Cindy Veazey .... assistant to producer
Scott Deaver .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:PG (certificate #25180)
Filming Locations:

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Continuity: When Eddie and Burt respond to the call at Mrs. Mayfield's house, the car they are driving changes between shots.See more »
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
More of a guilty DISpleasure., 12 June 2002
Author: Alan Beauvais from Charlotte, NC

Call it morbid fascination, like motorists slowing down to get an eyeful of a bad wreck on the side of the road, but I cannot to this day get over how fascinatingly awful Sean S. Cunningham's "Here Come the Tigers" is. For years I've wrestled over which is the worst film I've ever seen, "I Spit on Your Grave" or this, with "Ernest Goes to Camp" running a close 3rd. I finally came to the conclusion recently that despite it's amateurish look and sadistically glorified rape scenes, "I Spit..." was, at the VERY least, original (compared to "Tigers"). Don't get me wrong. That's the only defense the trashy, stomach-churning "I Spit..." will EVER get from me.

Come to think of it, "Tigers" is *such* a blatant Bad News Bears ripoff that it makes ANY film look original in comparison. I don't know how Sean S. Cunningman and AIP got away with it, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone got hold of a BNB script and went through it page by page and simply penciled in their characters' names over the Bears' names. The two films are SO alike (squatter's rights going to TBNB, of course) that for me to compose a laundry list of similarities would be futile. To see "Bears" but not "Tigers" is an impossibility, because if you have seen "Bears", you've also seen "Tigers". If this formula happens to be reversed for you, my condolences.

I remember when the film came out, back in March 1978. Oddly, its short-lived and subliminal theatrical run seemed limited exclusively to the drive-in circuit. Not knowing any better, I was curious to see it since, at the time, Bad News Bears flicks were all the rage amongst my 5th grade peers. My curiosity, however, quickly turned to disinterest when the majority of my classmates universally trashed the film. I knew it had to be bad, particularly since at that age kids tend to buy into and gobble up anything thrown our way.

It wasn't until 1985 that I finally saw the film on TV. Packing as many bleeps as a typical "Osbournes" episode of today, I sat with mouth agape, bewildered at how the word "plagarism" held such new meaning for me. I taped the broadcast and held onto it for many years, dusting it off every now and then and popping it in to satisfy any bad-movie urge I may have been craving at the time.

Then just the other day, I purchased a pre-recorded uncut copy off of Ebay. I tend to keep a soft spot in my heart open at all times for certain bad movies. "The Crater Lake Monster" and "Squirm" hold permanent residences, along with "Empire of the Ants" and the first "Police Academy". "Here Come the Tigers", however, is in a class all its own. Here is a film so sloppily made (continuity gaffes and sound-looping blunders at every turn), so lazily written, so contrived and intelligence-insulting, not to mention unoriginal... that I cannot get enough of it. Call it what you will, but perhaps my fascination lies in the fact that here is a movie so bad that it's actually, well, bad. Really bad.

Echoing back to my opening analogy, I am not a motorist who'll slow down in traffic to get a better look at some roadside carnage. I am, on the other hand, one who subjects himself to repeated viewings of stinkers like "Here Come the Tigers". And even though I have yet to see it, I eagerly await the arrival of my Ebay purchase of Cunningham's follow-up kiddie-sportster, the sure-to-be-a-dud "Manny's Orphans" (1978), with soccer the subject this time around, and featuring a good deal of the "Tigers" cast.

To quote a certain Linda Blair movie: "Mother? What's wrong with me?"

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