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Writers (WGA):
Daniel Coyle (book)
John Gatins (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 September 2001 (USA) See more »
In a place where all bets are off, he's got nothing to lose. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Rough head white guy coaches little black kids in Chicago baseball. Very effectively made with some tough bits that are well above average. 4 Flys Out Of Five See more (127 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Keanu Reeves ... Conor O'Neill

Diane Lane ... Elizabeth Wilkes

John Hawkes ... Ticky Tobin
Bryan Hearne ... Andre Ray Peetes (as Bryan C. Hearne)
Julian Griffith ... Jefferson Albert Tibbs

Michael B. Jordan ... Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
A. Delon Ellis Jr. ... Miles Pennfield II
Kristopher Lofton ... Clarence
Michael Perkins ... Kofi Evans
Brian M. Reed ... Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet

DeWayne Warren ... Jarius 'G-Baby' Evans
Carol Hall ... Pearla Evans (as Carol E. Hall)
Jacqueline Williams ... Lenora Tibbs
Freeman Coffey ... Darryl Mackey

D.B. Sweeney ... Matt Hyland
Andre Morgan ... Umpire
Reginald McKinley ... Umpire

Mark Robert Ellis ... Baseball Coach (as Mark Ellis)

Graham Beckel ... Duffy
Paul Turner ... Bartender

Michael McGlone ... Jimmy Fleming (as Mike McGlone)
Dawn Lewis ... Ellen

Kwame Amoaku ... Pizza Guy
Vince Green ... Other Pizza Guy

Mark Margolis ... Fink
Tom Milanovich ... Ed

Greg Sandquist ... Barber's Son
Stephen Cinabro ... Gino

Michael B. Chait ... Straight-Laced Kid
Donald M. Siple ... Priest (as Father Donald M. Siple)

Adam Tomei ... Barfly
Sammy Sosa ... Himself
Ronnel Taylor ... Gang Member
Sterling Brim ... Sterling
Aaron Evans ... Aaron
Alexander Telles ... Alex
Josefus Duanah ... Tough Kid
Jeffery Gatlin ... Tough Kid
Steve Abbott ... Waatas Coach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Anton ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
James Currie ... Check Cashing Station Cashier / Pedestrian (uncredited)
Dave Daniels ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Stephen Detherage ... Drug Dealer (uncredited)
Richard Ferrando ... Spectator (uncredited)
Joe Johnson ... Spectator (uncredited)
Christopher Kurzer ... (uncredited)

Glenn Lutz ... Baseball Player (uncredited)

Michael Mili ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Aaron Miller ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jerry Stanecki ... Pitching Coach (uncredited)
Thomas Michael Ventimiglio ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

Joe Wachowski ... Spectator (uncredited)

Toussaint Waterman ... Pallbearer (uncredited)
Johnny Yono ... Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Robbins 
Writing credits
Daniel Coyle (book "Hardball: A Season in the Projects")

John Gatins (screenplay)

Produced by
Herb Gains .... executive producer
Kevin McCormick .... executive producer
Tina Nides .... producer
Brian Robbins .... producer
Erwin Stoff .... executive producer
Michael Tollin .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Tom Richmond 
Film Editing by
Ned Bastille 
Casting by
Marci Liroff 
Production Design by
Jaymes Hinkle 
Set Decoration by
Tricia Schneider 
Costume Design by
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck 
Makeup Department
Deborah K. Dee .... hair stylist
Aimee Lippert-Bastian .... key makeup artist
Tony Mirante .... assistant hair stylist
Nina Paskowitz .... hair stylist: Mr. Reeves
Peter Robb-King .... personal makeup artist: Mr.Reeves
Jamie Sue Weiss .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Allegra Clegg .... unit production manager
Herb Gains .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael J. Moore .... second assistant director
Melody L. Moses .... additional second assistant director
Eric A. Pot .... second second assistant director
Benjamin Rosenberg .... first assistant director
Art Department
David J. Chamerski .... assistant property master
Frank Coronado .... storyboard artist
William Dambra .... property master
Veloz Gomez .... set dresser
Brad Good .... props
Michael Grady .... props
Blake E. Matthys .... set dresser
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser
Tom Osman .... labor foreman
Troy Osman .... construction foreman
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Joel Prihoda .... lead man
Paul E. Schulz .... props
David Tennenbaum .... set designer
Gary Warshaw .... art production assistant
Sound Department
Zack Davis .... adr supervisor
Christopher Flick .... foley supervisor
Galen Goodpaster .... assistant sound editor
Michael Jonascu .... sound editor
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer
Piero Mura .... sound effects editor
Josephine Nericcio .... assistant sound effects editor
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
David Obermeyer .... production sound mixer
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jamie Scarpuzza .... sound utility
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
George Simpson .... supervising sound editor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Mike Szakmeister .... supervising dialogue editor
Donna G. Walker .... post sound operations
Lil' Wayne .... soundtrack
Lil' Zane .... soundtrack
Special Effects by
Ryan Evans .... special effects foreman
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
Chris Peterson .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor
Kelly Bumbarger .... digital compositor
Tim Gibbons .... digital compositor
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager: Cinesite Hollywood
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Matt McFarland .... visual effects color timer
Jason Piccioni .... visual effects supervisor
Mike Sullo .... visual effects producer
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Kenny Lam .... digital artist (uncredited)
Sam Conners .... stunts
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunts
Kofi Elam .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts (as Jim Fierro)
Sean Grosvenor .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
John 'Punch' Lewis .... stunts (as John Lewis)
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (as Dan Maldonado)
Kevyn Morrow .... stunts (as Kevin Morrow)
Carl Paoli .... stunts
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Larry C. Tankson .... stunts (as Larry Tankson)
Rich Wilkie .... stunts
Gene Williams .... stunts
Carl Paoli .... stunt double: Keanu Reeves (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark David Adler .... digital video assist operator
Micael Albrecht .... balloon technician
Art Bartels .... key grip
Kevin Boyd .... 24 frame video operator
Travis Busenbark .... rigging electrician
Mike Dzialowski .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Michael Dzialowski)
Adam C. Eichhorst .... dolly grip
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator
Kirk R. Gardner .... camera operator
Bob Gomez .... rigging electrician
Rory Herbster .... gaffer
Charles S. Hodes .... still photographer
Timothy Jipping .... grip
George Kohut .... camera operator
Darryl Miller .... grip
David Morenz .... first assistant camera
Chris Mulsoff .... electrian
William R. Nielsen Jr. .... camera operator
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial camera operator
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial director of photography
Keith Pokorski .... assistant camera
James F. Roorda .... dolly grip
Richard Sobin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Bart Tau .... director of photography: second unit
John Wendling .... grip
Kevin Wisor .... electrician
Frank Yario Jr. .... video playback operator
Michelle Mann .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shirley Abrams .... additional casting
Marti Bowling .... extras casting associate: Detroit
Marti Bowling .... extras casting
Eric Edward Davis .... extras casting assistant
Michelle Fitzgerald .... casting associate
Kathy McKee .... casting assistant
Deedra Ricketts .... additional casting
Jamie Sparer Roberts .... casting associate (as Jamie Sparer)
Claire Simon .... location casting
Teresa Thoma .... casting assistant
Marta Tomkiw .... assistant extras casting
Tina Trevarrow .... extras casting assistant
Davina Turnbull .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Caulfield .... set costumer
Bernadine Vida .... set wardrobe
Katherine Wright .... costume shopper
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... assistant editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Margaret Liu .... first assistant editor: avid
Aram Nigoghossian .... apprentice editor
David Young .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Janice Hayen .... music preparation
Stephen Krause .... scoring mixer
Helena Lea .... music editor
Michael McQuarn .... music supervisor
Jennifer T. Scott .... music coordinator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Denise Carver .... music clearances (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael R. Cairo .... driver
George DiLeonardi .... transportation coordinator
Robert Wallace .... driver
Kurt Knudsen .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Sonya A. Avakian .... extras wrangler: Detroit
Bruce Benson .... ground coordinator
Mauro Blanco .... dubbing artist
Betsy Bottando .... location manager
Josef Brandmaier .... sale and leaseback finance
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Jennifer Corey .... production coordinator
Larry Donahue .... caterer
Marie Elder .... production accountant
Mark Robert Ellis .... baseball coordinator
Leslie Anne Engel .... baseball coordinator
Sara Flamm .... assistant to executive producer
Nate Flansburgh .... stand-in: Mr. Reeves
Cliff Fleming .... aerial coordinator
Sherry Gallarneau .... script supervisor
Karen Garlich .... accounting assistant
Miguel Govea .... publicity consultant
Tom Jacob .... location assistant (as Thomas M. Jacob)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic
Eric Mahle .... assistant baseball coordinator
David Malley .... production secretary
Stefan Nikolov .... assistant location manager
Carrie Oviatt .... assistant production coordinator
Alicia C. Pritchett .... location manager
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Heather Sharpe .... production assistant
Jeff Solano .... production assistant: Detroit
Nicole Sylvester .... assistant production coordinator
Larry Szymanowski .... sign maker
Lora Umphress .... payroll accountant
Janette Vecchiarelli .... assistant: Mr. Reeves
Sandra J. White .... assistant accountant
Jeanine Wilson .... first assistant accountant
Arif S. Kinchen .... additional voices (uncredited)
Catherine Middleton .... accounting assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hardball" - Germany, International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (alternative spelling)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some violence (edited for re-rating)
106 min | Spain:109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Based on a true story.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Conor O' Neill:I love it when you call me big poppa!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Burly Man Chronicles (2004) (V)See more »
Gonna Rev It UpSee more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Rough head white guy coaches little black kids in Chicago baseball. Very effectively made with some tough bits that are well above average. 4 Flys Out Of Five, 19 June 2002
Author: Steve Baker ( from Cairns Australia

In spite of its rather predictable set up Hardball is remarkably effective. It's a terrific example of a mainstream film that squeezes itself sufficiently out of the comfort zone to be both thought provoking and moving without too often lapsing into the triteness we see so often.

Hardball is yet another genre movie about a desperate white guy (Keanu Reeves) forced into coaching a children's sporting team from a rough black neighbourhood. Does he coach a mob of losers to victory? Does he mature while he does the job? Do the children gain valuable insights from their new friend? Does a love interest hover for our desperado coach?

The first third of Hardball shows us Conor O'Neill (Keanu Reeves) in the throws of digging an even deeper hole for himself with bad bets. He's literally on the run from his creditors and is frantic to get one big win to get the ghouls off his back.

We've seen that thousands of times before on T.V. and film but Hardball worked the trick beautifully. A baseball bat smashing a hole in a wall, where a head was a few moments before, can be extraordinarily effective cinema if done right. I was sold. O'Neill's gambling mate Ticky, played by character actor John Hawkes, has a bit of Steve Buscemi look about him and that has to be a recommendation.

Then we meet the children. The film is set in the notorious Cabrini-Green area of Chicago, a high rise low income housing area which is being progressively torn down. Cabrini-Green is now under redevolopment in what's a bold mixed income experiment, incorporating low/no-income citizens into what an area that was always surrounded by prime real estate.

The children are tough talking 13 year olds, but we're soon shown that they're very frightened. Hardball shows their world as being one where they are rightfully scared to be out after dark. One where people sit on the floor in their high rise for fear of bullets coming in through the windows. Again it was very effective film making.

The baseball is little league stuff in every sense of the word. The coach doesn't seem to know much about baseball and his charges, strangely, instantly improve their game on his arrival. There's the designated tear jerking triumphs and I'm sufficiently chump enough to have been sold on that too!

The token woman is provided by Diane Lane and she's O.K. but that whole plot line could and probably should have been left out. But Hardball was strong cinematic fare and well worth a look.

4 Sporting Flys Out Of Five

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