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Hard Ball (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 14 September 2001 (USA)
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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Andre Ray Peetes (as Bryan C. Hearne)
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Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
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Pearla Evans (as Carol E. Hall)
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Darryl Mackey
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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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14 September 2001 (USA)  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,386,342 (USA) (14 September 2001)

Gross:

$40,219,708 (USA) (18 January 2002)
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Trivia

All of the league's team names are taken from tribes in Africa. See more »

Goofs

In the first game, when Miles (the kid with headphones) is up to bat, he is number 9. On his second swing his back is visible and the number is number 7 which is Andre's number. See more »

Quotes

Conor O'Neill: What? Since you can't talk shit, you got nothing to say?
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Just Heard The News
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Hope is always the better choice
17 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a stressful movie, with the gambling addiction and the gambling machine on one hand, and street gangs on the other. I really like the kids and think Keanu Reeves plays it straight with them. New York Times and local reviewers aside--way aside, this movie is definitely worth a look. I spent eight years on Chicago's South Side, and i'm grateful a cinema team is willing to show some emotion about some of the stuff that is part of grim daily life. The plot formula is good: i don't like cold voyeuristic slice-of-life with this material. I like that the material is used with an up-beat ending. Let us enjoy the entertainment of it, and find some hope in it. Goethe said that hope is always the better choice. And i will say it here: Keanu Reeves can act.


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