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The Bad News Bears ()


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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.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win.
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Coach Morris Buttermaker
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Amanda Whurlitzer
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Roy Turner
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Cleveland
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Bob Whitewood
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Kelly Leak
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Ogilvie (as Alfred W. Lutter)
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Tanner Boyle
Erin Blunt ...
Ahmad Abdul Rahim
Gary Lee Cavagnaro ...
Engelberg
Jaime Escobedo ...
Jose Agilar
Scott Firestone ...
Regi Tower
George Gonzales ...
Miguel Agilar
Brett Marx ...
Jimmy Feldman
David Pollock ...
Rudi Stein
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Timmy Lupus
David Stambaugh ...
Toby Whitewood
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Joey Turner
Timothy Blake ...
Mrs. Lupus
Bill Sorrells ...
Mr. Tower
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Mrs. Turner
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Umpire
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White Sox Manager
David Lazarus ...
Yankee
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Athletic
Maurice Marks ...
Announcer
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Newscaster (uncredited)
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Spectator at Ball Game (uncredited)
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Spectator at Ball Game (uncredited)
Ethan Tudor W. ...
Astros / Ballplayer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Ritchie

Written by

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Bill Lancaster ... (written by)

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Stanley R. Jaffe ... producer

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Jerry Fielding

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John A. Alonzo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard A. Harris

Editorial Department

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John Wright ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton

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Polly Platt

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Cheryal Kearney

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Caryl Codon-Tharp ... hair stylist (as Caryl Codon)
Jack Obringer ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Jack Roe ... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

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Al Murphy ... second assistant director
Blair Robertson ... second assistant director
Jack Roe ... assistant director

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Pat O'Connor ... property master

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Gene S. Cantamessa ... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Norm Drain ... boom operator
Michael Galloway ... sound recordist
John Wilkinson ... re-recording mixer

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Earl Gilbert ... gaffer
Chris Schwiebert ... camera operator (as Chris Swiebert)
Billy Walsh ... camera assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tom Dawson ... costumer: men (as Tommy Dawson)
Nancy Martinelli ... costumer: women

Music Department

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Jerry Fielding ... conductor / music adaptor
Lennie Niehaus ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Frank Khoury ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Portia Adams ... welfare worker
Phil Epstein ... dialogue coach
Monica Lauer ... secretary to the director
Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor
Susan Shonnard ... assistant to producer
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • La chouette équipe (France)
  • Die Bären sind los (Germany)
  • Los picarones (Spain)
  • Несносные медведи (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Björnligan (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The Bears were the only team in the league whose nickname and colors were not borrowed from a major league baseball team. This helped reinforce their status as misfits and underdogs. See more »
Goofs After Kelly Leak's homerun gives the Bears their first win of the season (against the White Sox) the footage of the Bears celebrating at home plate around Kelly shows a Yankee catcher. This footage was actually from the alternate ending which had the Bears winning the final game against the Yankees. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Kelly: I got a Harley-Davidson. Does that turn you on? Harley-Davidson?
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