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.
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
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 »
In the final game when Miles is pitching, on his first pitch he starts his wind-up, then stops to wave his arms and dance to "Big Papa". After this he goes back into his wind-up and pitches. Since there was a runner on base. This would be a called a "dead ball" by the umpire, and the pitch would result in a ball. See more »
You wanna kick my ass?
[Smashes a car window with bare hand, then holds up the fist, all bloody]
No one can kick my ass better than I can.
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A little miracle of a movie: moving, realistic anduplifting
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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