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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.

Director:

Brian Robbins

Writers:

Daniel Coyle (book), John Gatins (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Conor O'Neill
Diane Lane ... Elizabeth Wilkes
John Hawkes ... Ticky Tobin
Bryan Hearne Bryan Hearne ... Andre Ray Peetes (as Bryan C. Hearne)
Julian Griffith ... Jefferson Albert Tibbs
Michael B. Jordan ... Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
A. Delon Ellis Jr. A. Delon Ellis Jr. ... Miles Pennfield II
Kris D. Lofton ... Clarence (as Kristopher Lofton)
Michael Perkins Michael Perkins ... Kofi Evans
Brian M. Reed Brian M. Reed ... Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet
DeWayne Warren ... Jarius 'G-Baby' Evans
Carol Hall Carol Hall ... Pearla Evans (as Carol E. Hall)
Jacqueline Williams Jacqueline Williams ... Lenora Tibbs
Freeman Coffey Freeman Coffey ... Darryl Mackey
D.B. Sweeney ... 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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In a place where all bets are off, he's got nothing to lose. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hardball See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Michael B. Jordan. See more »

Goofs

In the "regotiation scene" with G-Baby, only G-Baby and Conor are in the dugout. It then cuts in showing the Kekambas batting. If this were the case, most of the team would be seated in the dugout. Since the dugout only had Conor and G-Baby in it, the rest of the team would be playing defense out in the field. See more »

Quotes

Conor O' Neill: I love it when you call me big poppa!
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Alternate Versions

The mayor of Chicago, school chiefs and coaches were angry about the kids in the movie using extreme language. After protests and saying it was "overly negative", the distributors decided to edit/dub all of the lines with the word "f*ck" to get a PG-13 rating. See more »

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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Just Heard The News
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Wow.
26 October 2003 | by DarguzSee all my reviews

It never ceases to amaze me how people can have such widely differing *strong* reactions to a film. A number of negative reviews here, but let me add one more positive.

I loved this film, from beginning to end. I loved every aspect of it: the story, the acting, the plot. I expected just another "Coach takes over losing team and makes them winners" story. Those are fine stories now and then, and I was not expecting anything more than mild entertainment. But this film moved me. Now, I'm a middle-aged white boy, and while I've never been rich I've never gone hungry either, and I've never had to worry about getting shot on the way home, so maybe I don't really know what that "sh*t" is all about and maybe this film wasn't "realistic" in portraying all that; but it communicated to me, and that's what any film is all about. And sometimes in order to communicate, you have to go half way between where you are and where the other person is, and maybe that's what this film did. But whatever, I got it.


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