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The Comeback Kid (1980)

A down and out former minor league ballplayer finds romance and a renewed zest for life when he takes a job coaching a group of underprivileged kids.

Director:

Peter Levin

Writer:

Joe S. Landon (as Joe Landon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Bubba Newman
Susan Dey ... Megan Barrett
Doug McKeon ... Michael
James Gregory ... Scotty
Jeremy Licht ... Paul
Dick O'Neill ... Phil
Rod Gist Rod Gist ... Ray Carver
Michael Lembeck ... Tony
Patrick Swayze ... Chuck
Angela Aames ... Sherry
Tan Adams Tan Adams ... Shirley
Abraham Alvarez Abraham Alvarez ... Frank
Kevin King Cooper Kevin King Cooper ... Tank
Kim Fields ... Molly
Jim Gatherum Jim Gatherum ... Boy at Meet (as Jimmy Gatherum)
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A down and out former minor league ballplayer finds romance and a renewed zest for life when he takes a job coaching a group of underprivileged kids. Written by The Comeback Kid

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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John Ritter and Susan Dey would later reteam in the TV Movie "Sunset Limousine" (1983). See more »

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Ritter Very Good in Emotional TV Movie
16 January 2020 | by thehappychucklerSee all my reviews

A cocky, beer-slugging, self-centred minor league baseball player named Bubba Newman (John Ritter) has hit a real crossroads in his life. All he knows is baseball and chasing skirts and now he is told that at age 29 he is being sent down and might be the end of his chances of making the bigs. In a scene that was a little too reminiscent of BAD NEWS BEARS a bunch of kids find him passed out on a pitching mound surrounded by beer cans. In the end he meets up with Megan Barrett (Susan Dey) who gives him the job of coaching those very kids for a track meet.

Ritter is very good in the lead role and as usual makes this TV movie worth watching. Dey is very good as well who doesn't just accept everything Bubba tells her. There is a big twist in the film as well that I won't mention, but it really in fact makes this film more memorable in the end in how it effects all the characters. Also starring Patrick Swayze as one of Bubba's teammates and Kim Fields as one of the kids Bubba is coaching. Sadly another forgotten TV movie, but if you find it I would suggest giving it a viewing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso del hijo pródigo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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