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The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 8 July 1977 (USA)
A troubled, rebellious teen drives his rambunctious baseball team out to Houston where they play an exhibition game and the boy meets his estranged father, and hires him as the teams coach.

Director:

Michael Pressman

Writers:

Paul Brickman, Bill Lancaster (characters)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Devane ... Mike Leak
Clifton James ... Sy Orlansky
Jackie Earle Haley ... Kelly Leak
Jimmy Baio Jimmy Baio ... Carmen Ronzonni
Chris Barnes ... Tanner Boyle
Erin Blunt Erin Blunt ... Ahmad Abdul Rahim
George Gonzales George Gonzales ... Miguel Agilar
Jaime Escobedo Jaime Escobedo ... Jose Agilar (as Jaime O. Escobedo)
Alfred Lutter III ... Ogilvie (as Alfred Lutter)
Brett Marx Brett Marx ... Jimmie Feldman
David Pollock David Pollock ... Rudi Stein
Quinn Smith ... Timmy Lupus - The Big Looper
David Stambaugh David Stambaugh ... Toby Whitewood
Jeffrey Louis Starr Jeffrey Louis Starr ... Mike Engelberg
Lane Smith ... Officer Mackie
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Storyline

Sentimental sequel film finds the Bears, somehow, the little league champions of California. As a result, the team is invited to play a between-games exhibition at the Houston Astrodome with the local champs, the Toros. Kelly Leak, the Bears' star player, decides to rejoin the team and go with them to Houston to make amends with his estranged father, Mike. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Taglines:

The Bad News Bears are one year older and one year wilder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bad News Bears 2 See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,104,350
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Officer Mackie is played by the reasonable new actor, Lane Smith. At the end of the movie, he is one of the first few fans to rise up in the stands and yell, "Let them play," at the Astrodome. Lane would appear 15 years later in "The Mighty Ducks," as win-at-all-costs, Coach Reilly who was the coach of the Ducks rival team, The Hawks. See more »

Goofs

At the Astrodome, the seats flanking the display board in the backfield change back and forth from being completely full to almost empty. See more »

Quotes

Kelly Leak: Hey how about you guys wanna play that game in Texas? Well if you really wanna play, well all chicken shits go home.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) See more »

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1812 Overture
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Watchable sequel
12 July 2001 | by jrs-8See all my reviews

"The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training" is a cute sequel to the classic original. By know means does it come close to it predecessor but it is a fun time waster.

The Bears head off,unchaperoned, to play an exhibition game at the Astrodome against the Texas state champs. (One major flaw is that it is never adequately explained why the Bears would be making the trip since they lost the championship game in the original). The usual juvenile hijinks ensue on the road as they make their way there.

Once there team leader Kelly Leak enlists the aid of his estranged father (nicely played by William Devane) to coach the team. This leads to the opening of some old wounds between the two. It's a nice distraction from the main story and handled well until the cornball, cliched scene where the hatchet is buried.

The big game is handled well with the Astrodome surroundings a big aid.

While Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal (the star pticher in this one is played by Jimmy Baio who is given nothing to do)are sorely missed, the cast does an adequate job of making the film amusing for kids.

The final result is a nice little film. The game is the best part but there are plenty of amusing moments (including the requisite bad language from the kids) to keep you mildly interested. If you don't agree, just take a peak at "The Bad News Bears Go To Japan." This film will look like a classic compared to that disaster.


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