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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

First of a trilogy of films takes an unflinching look at the underbelly of little league baseball in Southern California. 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A classic comedy about growing up! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

$42,349,782
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color (Movielab)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Buttermaker ribs Amanda, asking her if she thinks she's Catfish Hunter. In Matthau's film, [Link=tt0113228] Catfish Hunter was the name of the mythic fish that all the old anglers hoped to catch. See more »

Goofs

During Amanda's first pitching stint against the Mets, the announcer says, "First up for the Mets, Roy Close, #7, left field." However, the back of his jersey is briefly seen, and he's wearing #3. See more »

Quotes

Coach Morris Buttermaker: [looks at Tanner's black eye] What the hell happened to you, Tanner?
Engelberg: Tanner got into a fight
[because of the first game loss]
Coach Morris Buttermaker: Who with?
Engelberg: The 7th Grade.
Coach Morris Buttermaker: What?
Engelberg: [shouts] The 7th Grade.
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Crazy Credits

When the Paramount logo turns blue, the "Paramount" text extends beyond the dark blue area instead of staying inside the dark blue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in School Bus Diaries (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Carmen
Written by Georges Bizet
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Who better to leave your children's care than in the hands of an alcoholic?
6 December 2006 | by KristineSee all my reviews

LOL, I know I stole that line from I love the 70's, but I just thought it was so true and that was my exact thought from the first minute I started watching The Bad News Bears. Now to the movie, The Bad News Bears is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time, I almost died laughing throughout the whole movie. I obviously heard about this movie from the show I love the 70's on VH1, way before the remake with Billy Bob Thorton. It always slipped my mind though when I wanted to rent it, but finally I remembered and I am so glad that I got the chance to see it, because this is one of the best comedies to come out of the 70's.

Buttermaker is a has been baseball player and now an alcoholic, he is given the job of a little league coach for the Bears since no other fathers are taking the job. But he's definitely taken back when he finds out that the team he is coaching are kids who are, well, I guess you could say "lacking" in the department of knowing how to play baseball. But he just wants to get paid and get the job over with, but when their first game comes along, the kids get creamed 26-0, Buttermaker is pressured to drop the team out of the league, but instead teaches the kids how to play and recruits a couple of new kids, a girl who's mother he used to date, and a rebel without a cause. The kids get better in each game, but it's a matter of Buttermaker getting his priorities straight when he lets the game get the worst of him... and he's an alcoholic!

The Bad News Bears is just so funny, Walter Matthau was just too perfect for this role as Buttermaker, he was so believable. I think my favorite Bear was Tanner, because the role could have been over done, but the kid did it just right, not to mention his last line of the film is just classic and fit the movie just right. I loved how the film wasn't your traditional your favorite team is always going to be out of no where champions, this was an awesome comedy that anyone would just fall in love with.

9/10


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