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Hard Ball (2001)

PG-13 | | 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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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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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The basketball game between Chicago and Miami being watched from outside the bar is actually the 2000 Continental Basketball Association Finals between the Yakima (WA) Sun Kings and the La Crosse (WI) Bobcats held at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Yakima won the game, 109-93, to win their second CBA title. See more »

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Conor leaves a mid-day practice with the team to attend a Cubs game which reportedly begins in an hour. When they arrive, it is obviously a night game. See more »

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Conor O'Neill: You wanna kick my ass?
[Smashes a car window with bare hand, then holds up the fist, all bloody]
Conor O'Neill: No one can kick my ass better than I can.
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Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Cigarette Burns (2002) See more »

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Just Heard The News
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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A little miracle of a movie: moving, realistic anduplifting
9 September 2001 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

This film portrays the life of a group of boys who play one summer on a baseball league organized in the projects in Chicago. With out flinching an iota in portraying the material decay and the real fear of violence that permeates its setting, the film still shows the beauty of life--the importance of "just showing up" and trying. The young, unknown boys give outstanding performances which are matched by a moving performance by Keanu Reeves. Reeves, in his most emotive performance to-date, plays the team's coach who is redeemed by his contact with the kids, by simply learning to care about someone besides himself. Definitely NOT the "Bad News Bears," but a great movie experience for everyone--sports lovers or not.


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