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Hardball (2001)

Hard Ball (original title)
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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Andre Ray Peetes (as Bryan C. Hearne)
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Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
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Pearla Evans (as Carol E. Hall)
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Darryl Mackey
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Matt Hyland
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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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In a place where all bets are off, he's got nothing to lose. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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

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14 September 2001 (USA)  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$40,219,708 (USA) (18 January 2002)
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Premiered in the same weekend as The Glass House (2001), also starring Diane Lane. Hardball was number one at the box-office, and The Glass House was number two that weekend. See more »

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When Conor and Ticky are watching the game through the window at Sluggers and talking, next shot Conor blows smoke from a half-smoked cigarette.. he wasn't smoking at the start of the scene See more »

Quotes

Conor O'Neill: [after Kofi has been taunting his teammates for missing grounders and fly balls, Conor hits a sharp liner that causes Kofi to duck] C'mon Kofi! That one was right to you! What's the matter Kofi? You scared of the ball?
[Other players laugh]
Conor O'Neill: New rule: Nobody can say anything bad to anyone else on the field.
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Spoofs The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »

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Just Heard The News
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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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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