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The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 7 April 1976 (USA)
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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's poster art was drawn by Jack Davis, one of the founding illustrators for MAD magazine. See more »

Goofs

During the championship game, the player's shadows alternate between being cast towards the outfield and towards the first base line. See more »

Quotes

Joey Turner: But Dad, I wanted to strike him out!
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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 »

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Spoofed in Wet Hot American Summer (2001) See more »

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Written by Georges Bizet
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Reminder of a freer time...
5 May 2005 | by shneurSee all my reviews

I was really impressed with how well this movie has "aged." Walter Natthau plays that role of the alcoholic wash-out to perfection, and Tatum O'Neal portrays the struggle of a young girl trying to enter adolescence without losing her sense of "self" with delicacy and skill. It's a good story,with quite a bit serious to say about human nature and the understandings and misunderstandings between generations; it makes me mad that it never received the attention it deserved because it's "just" about kids. On a sadder note, I also couldn't help being impressed with how far this culture has regressed since 1976. The children's use of even mild profanity would never be permitted now in a "family film," and the wonderful scene at the end would certainly send the Thought Police running for their placards and boycotts. It's worth watching this film again just to remind ourselves that only 30 years ago children still enjoyed some autonomous space in which to grow, and the iron doors of the Nanny State had not yet completely swung closed upon them.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color (Movielab)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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