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Hardball (2001)

Hard Ball (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 14 September 2001 (USA)
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An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling, and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Conor O'Neill
... Elizabeth Wilkes
... Ticky Tobin
Bryan Hearne ... Andre Ray Peetes (as Bryan C. Hearne)
Julian Griffith ... Jefferson Albert Tibbs
... Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
A. Delon Ellis Jr. ... Miles Pennfield II
... Clarence (as Kristopher Lofton)
Michael Perkins ... Kofi Evans
Brian M. Reed ... Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet
... Jarius 'G-Baby' Evans
Carol Hall ... Pearla Evans (as Carol E. Hall)
Jacqueline Williams ... Lenora Tibbs
Freeman Coffey ... Darryl Mackey
... Matt Hyland
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Storyline

Bright, educated, handsome Conor O'Neill's promising future was wrecked by his gambling addiction, which dragged him into heavy drinking and petty crime, but worst of all, the stifling grip of loan-shark bookies. Desperate for a loan, he agrees to stand in for lawyer friend Jimmy Fleming as coach of a Chicago ghetto Little League baseball team. His sense of pride, becoming the boys' sole idol, and competition, plus their attractive teacher, motivate Conor. But the crushing loan problem rather requires leaving town. Written by KGF Vissers

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The story of ten kids and a coach who never had a chance... until they took a chance on each other. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Hardball  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,386,342, 16 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,219,708, 20 January 2002
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Trivia

This film serves as the debut performance of Michael B. Jordan. See more »

Goofs

The trip to the Chicago Cubs baseball game was obviously filmed at Detroit's Tiger Stadium, not Chicago's Wrigley Field. The orange logo of the Detroit Tigers is even briefly visible on the seats. See more »

Quotes

Conor O'Neill: [Conor calls his players together, looking at the opposing coach and the league president] Guys, this is the league president. Now, he made me kick Jamal off the team today, because he was born 2 weeks early!
[the players all mutter to each other in amazement]
Conor O'Neill: And now, he is making Miles remove his headphones,
[Turns and glares at the opposing coach]
Conor O'Neill: Because he is PITCHING TOO GOOD!
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Connections

Referenced in The Burly Man Chronicles (2004) See more »

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Gonna Rev It Up
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Hope is always the better choice
17 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a stressful movie, with the gambling addiction and the gambling machine on one hand, and street gangs on the other. I really like the kids and think Keanu Reeves plays it straight with them. New York Times and local reviewers aside--way aside, this movie is definitely worth a look. I spent eight years on Chicago's South Side, and i'm grateful a cinema team is willing to show some emotion about some of the stuff that is part of grim daily life. The plot formula is good: i don't like cold voyeuristic slice-of-life with this material. I like that the material is used with an up-beat ending. Let us enjoy the entertainment of it, and find some hope in it. Goethe said that hope is always the better choice. And i will say it here: Keanu Reeves can act.


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