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Hard Ball (2001)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  14 September 2001 (USA)
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An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

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Storyline

Bright, well-educated, handsome Conor O'Neill's promising future was wrecked by his gambling addiction, which dragged him into heavy drinking and petty crime, but worst of all, the stifling grip of loan-shark bookies. Desperate for a loan, he accepts to stand in for lawyer friend Jimmy Fleming as coach of a Chicago black 'projects' ghetto Little League baseball team. His sense of pride, becoming the boys' sole idol, and competition, plus their attractive teacher, motivate Conor. But the crushing loan problem rather requires leaving town. Written by KGF Vissers

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The story of ten kids and a coach who never had a chance... until they took a chance on each other. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Hardball  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£79,864 (UK) (21 June 2002)

Gross:

£79,864 (UK) (21 June 2002)
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All of the league's team names are taken from tribes in Africa. See more »

Goofs

In the final game when Miles is pitching, on his first pitch he starts his wind-up, then stops to wave his arms and dance to "Big Papa". After this he goes back into his wind-up and pitches. Since there was a runner on base. This would be a called a "dead ball" by the umpire, and the pitch would result in a ball. See more »

Quotes

Conor O'Neill: What? Since you can't talk shit, you got nothing to say?
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References Top Gun (1986) See more »

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Gonna Rev It Up
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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i liked it a lot
25 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I liked this movie.Yes,its about a baseball little league,yes it has the usual "lets be a team and win" attitude,but its very well acted by these kids and the dialog sounds real,also its not concentrated only on the kids.

Its more like what the kids get to mean to this guy,who is sort of a loser,and doesn't actually care much about baseball or anything else.

I thought it was well acted,surprisingly good for Keanu Reeves who is not one of my favorite actors,but he seems inspired in this movie. I thought it was very well directed and the whole ghetto setting seems disturbingly realistic.It passes its social message in a simple,direct way without preaching.

I recommend it to anyone who is interested in a low key likable movie.


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