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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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Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
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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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In a place where all bets are off, he's got nothing to lose. 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

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£79,864 (UK) (21 June 2002)

Gross:

£79,864 (UK) (21 June 2002)
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Trivia

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 »

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Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet 's mother: Miss Wilkes said she had a good feeling about you.
Conor O'Neill: Miss Wilkes said that?
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Much better than I expected
8 March 2002 | by (North Carolina originally England) – See all my reviews

Due to alot of negative reviews on this site I did not expect the movie to be as good as it was. However after watching it this evening I was delighted by the entire experience. While I agree that it goes along with the "ducks" formula it deviates from it by not showing us the final game with the final ten seconds for the team to win. It spared us that and just let us know with the final credits that the team won. I thought the performances in the movie were excellent, although even I (living here in the deep south) found the accents of the children a little difficult to comprehend. As for the overall effect of the movie it entranced me, completely, I kept having to rewind scenes to view them again and again. And, more importantly, if anyone ever doubted Keanu's ability to act then one should only view the eulogy scene to know that his critics have been simply barking up the wrong tree. Strong, emotional, sympathetic and completely believable... speaking as as part time amateur actress, do you know how hard it is to cry, and cry believably? Do you know how hard it is to make your chin tremble..? My conversion to Mel Gibson fan was watching him "cry" in Lethal Weapon... this has been my reconversion to Keanu fan..., to cry so believably in a movie is worth quids in my book and to be able to express emotion in such a way is worth any amount of praise. Wonderful movie. Go see it.


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