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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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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 most important thing in life is showing up See more »

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

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£79,864 (UK) (21 June 2002)

Gross:

£79,864 (UK) (21 June 2002)
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In Duffy's bar, when Conor and Ticky are celebrating Conor's win, Conor and Duffy are talking, not only does Conor's beer grow in size between shots, but the man in the blue suit disappears and reappears. See more »

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Jamal: So we go to the 'ship right?
Conor O'Neill: Yeah, we could.
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good movie, good movie.
16 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie was good. the little kids were funny, keanu reeves was pretty cool. i also saw on the news the night before i went to go see this movie that there was some big black guy whining about the language used by the kids. he said that it was a "poor and grim representation of america's preseption of inner city children." um..im wondering if this man even HAS kids of his own, and if he does, he should hang out with them more often. the language of the kids was strong, but if u mean to tell me that the majority of kids living in the projects, or ANYWHERE ELSE for that matter, don't use that kind of language, get your head examined. anyway, this was a good movie and i enjoyed it.


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