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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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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 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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Hardball  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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£79,864 (UK) (21 June 2002)
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The number of players on the Kekambas team changes consistently throughout the movie. In the beginning, there are only eight players consisting of: Andre Ray Peetes, Jamal, Clarence, Jefferson Albert Tibbs, Miles Pennfield II, and three others whose names are never mentioned. Then they are joined by three more boys, Raymont "Ray-Ray" Bennet and Kofi and Jarius "G-Baby" Evans bringing the team total up to eleven. Jamal is cut from the team halfway through the movie because of a technicality which brings the team down to ten players. Then after "G-Baby" is killed in the drive-by shooting at the end of the film, it brings the final total of players to exactly nine. See more »

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In the Kekumbas' first game, the home plate umpire incorrectly brushes off the plate by facing the infielders and squatting. When the home plate umpire brushes off home plate they are supposed to turn their back to the infielders and bend over. See more »

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Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet 's mother: Miss Wilkes said she had a good feeling about you.
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Just Heard The News
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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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