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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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Andre Ray Peetes (as Bryan C. Hearne)
Julian Griffith ...
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Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
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Pearla Evans (as Carol E. Hall)
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Lenora Tibbs
Freeman Coffey ...
Darryl Mackey
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Matt Hyland
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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)

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£79,864 (UK) (21 June 2002)
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Jefferson Tibs first picks up jersey number 35, but when he bats he is wearing number 21, and then when he slides into second he is once again in jersey number 35. See more »

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[Andre and Kofi are fighting]
Andre Ray Peetes: Pay up, bitch!
Kofi: I'll kick your ass, bitch!
[Coach Conor walks over]
Conor O'Neill: Hey! Hey! Hey! Cool it! Cool it! What's going on?
G-Baby: All right, let me break it down to you right quick. Andre says he can catch any pop-up anybody can throw. Kofi say "That's bullshit. You a busta.". Andre say "Roll up, bitch". Kofi say, "I'll give you all my gum if you can catch this ball.". He threw the ball. Andre caught it. Andre say "Pay me my money". Kofi say, "You a cheatin' bitch.". No wait. ...
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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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