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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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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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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$40,219,708 (USA) (18 January 2002)
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The professional baseball game Conor takes the kids to was filmed at the now demolished Tiger's Stadium in Detroit. You can tell by the unmistakable Old English "D" on the seats. See more »

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When Conor first practices with the kids', he's holding a ball in his hand, next shot you see the ball on the floor beside him. See more »

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Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet: Coach Conor? You're not really trying to get Ms. Wilkes, are you?
Conor O'Neill: No.
Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet: Good. 'Cause I already tried and she ain't havin' it.
G-Baby: Yeah, me too.
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References Top Gun (1986) See more »

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Just Heard The News
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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i liked it a lot
25 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I liked this movie.Yes,its about a baseball little league,yes it has the usual "lets be a team and win" attitude,but its very well acted by these kids and the dialog sounds real,also its not concentrated only on the kids.

Its more like what the kids get to mean to this guy,who is sort of a loser,and doesn't actually care much about baseball or anything else.

I thought it was well acted,surprisingly good for Keanu Reeves who is not one of my favorite actors,but he seems inspired in this movie. I thought it was very well directed and the whole ghetto setting seems disturbingly realistic.It passes its social message in a simple,direct way without preaching.

I recommend it to anyone who is interested in a low key likable movie.


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