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The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 7 April 1976 (USA)
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Bill Lancaster
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Coach Morris Buttermaker
Tatum O'Neal ... Amanda Whurlitzer
Vic Morrow ... Roy Turner
Joyce Van Patten ... Cleveland
Ben Piazza ... Bob Whitewood
Jackie Earle Haley ... Kelly Leak
Alfred Lutter III ... Ogilvie (as Alfred W. Lutter)
Chris Barnes ... Tanner Boyle
Erin Blunt Erin Blunt ... Ahmad Abdul Rahim
Gary Lee Cavagnaro Gary Lee Cavagnaro ... Engelberg
Jaime Escobedo Jaime Escobedo ... Jose Agilar
Scott Firestone Scott Firestone ... Regi Tower
George Gonzales George Gonzales ... Miguel Agilar
Brett Marx Brett Marx ... Jimmy Feldman
David Pollock David Pollock ... Rudi Stein
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Storyline

Former minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker is a lazy, beer swilling swimming pool cleaner who takes money to coach the Bears, a bunch of disheveled misfits who have virtually no baseball talent. Realizing his dilemma, Coach Buttermaker brings aboard girl pitching ace Amanda Whurlizer, the daughter of a former girlfriend, and Kelly Leak, a motorcycle punk who happens to be the best player around. Brimming with confidence, the Bears look to sweep into the championship game and avenge an earlier loss to their nemesis, the Yankees. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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At last, a picture of kids as they really are. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bad News Bears See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$32,211,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,211,330
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color (Movielab)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Aside from the two sequels and one remake, the movie was also adapted as a half hour TV sitcom in 1979-1980, The Bad News Bears (1979). The television series ran for twenty-six episodes on CBS, with Jack Warden starring in the role of Morris Buttermaker and Corey Feldman as Regi Tower. See more »

Goofs

When the Bears are playing the Yankees in the championship game, you can hear the announcer state that the bears are leading 1-0. However, a later shot of the scoreboard shows that the Yankees were actually the first team to score. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Whurlitzer: Look, Buttermaker, you're not my father and I'll not move an inch to play baseball for you any more. So why don't you get back into that sardine can of yours and go, go vacuum the bottom of the Pacific Ocean? I've got business to take care of. You're blocking my customers with your car.
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Different, and all the more for it
22 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I have to admit I am not a huge sports fan, but several sports movies have sparked my interest, such as Hoosiers, Breaking Away and Remember the Titans. I saw The Bad News Bears mostly for Walter Matthau and I really enjoyed it. While it could have been a tad longer perhaps, and one or two scenes could have been tighter in the pace, it is a very good movie. For a sports movie, it is quite different, taking on the underdogs taking on the big boys scenario for example, and it works wonderfully.

The production values are very nice, and Jerry Fielding's score compliments each scene beautifully. The film's script is quite gritty, but it is also funny and thoughtful, while the story is always engaging and well-thought out with the relationship between Morris and his team particularly pulling you in. The direction is solid, while the acting is excellent. Walter Matthau is simply brilliant as the boozy coach Morris, while Joyce Van Patten gives great support and the child stars are more than a match for Matthau. Especially Tatum O'Neal, who is quite charming yet very spunky and likable, and I personally think she has better screen presence than her dad.

All in all, a very enjoyable movie, and whether you are a fan of sports movies or not, this movie is recommended. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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