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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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Bryan Hearne ...
Andre Ray Peetes (as Bryan C. Hearne)
Julian Griffith ...
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Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
A. Delon Ellis Jr. ...
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Carol Hall ...
Pearla Evans (as Carol E. Hall)
Jacqueline Williams ...
Lenora Tibbs
Freeman Coffey ...
Darryl Mackey
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Matt Hyland
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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 story of ten kids and a coach who never had a chance... until they took a chance on each other. See more »

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

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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$40,219,708 (USA) (18 January 2002)
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Trivia

There are at least three players on the Kekambas team whose names we never learn, nor do we ever hear them speak. The only ones who speak and have their names mentioned are: Andre Ray Peetes, Miles Pennfield II, Jefferson Albert Tibbs, Kofi and Jarius "G-Baby" Evans, Raymont "Ray-Ray". Bennet, Clarence, and Jamal. See more »

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Conor leaves a mid-day practice with the team to attend a Cubs game which reportedly begins in an hour. When they arrive, it is obviously a night game. See more »

Quotes

[Andre and Kofi are fighting]
Andre Ray Peetes: Pay up, bitch!
Kofi: I'll kick your ass, bitch!
[Coach Conor walks over]
Conor O'Neill: Hey! Hey! Hey! Cool it! Cool it! What's going on?
G-Baby: All right, let me break it down to you right quick. Andre says he can catch any pop-up anybody can throw. Kofi say "That's bullshit. You a busta.". Andre say "Roll up, bitch". Kofi say, "I'll give you all my gum if you can catch this ball.". He threw the ball. Andre caught it. Andre say "Pay me my money". Kofi say, "You a cheatin' bitch.". No wait. ...
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Much better than I expected
8 March 2002 | by (North Carolina originally England) – See all my reviews

Due to alot of negative reviews on this site I did not expect the movie to be as good as it was. However after watching it this evening I was delighted by the entire experience. While I agree that it goes along with the "ducks" formula it deviates from it by not showing us the final game with the final ten seconds for the team to win. It spared us that and just let us know with the final credits that the team won. I thought the performances in the movie were excellent, although even I (living here in the deep south) found the accents of the children a little difficult to comprehend. As for the overall effect of the movie it entranced me, completely, I kept having to rewind scenes to view them again and again. And, more importantly, if anyone ever doubted Keanu's ability to act then one should only view the eulogy scene to know that his critics have been simply barking up the wrong tree. Strong, emotional, sympathetic and completely believable... speaking as as part time amateur actress, do you know how hard it is to cry, and cry believably? Do you know how hard it is to make your chin tremble..? My conversion to Mel Gibson fan was watching him "cry" in Lethal Weapon... this has been my reconversion to Keanu fan..., to cry so believably in a movie is worth quids in my book and to be able to express emotion in such a way is worth any amount of praise. Wonderful movie. Go see it.


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