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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 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 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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Taglines:

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

USA | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hardball See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, 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

All of the league's team names are taken from tribes in Africa. See more »

Goofs

When Conor first practices with the kids', he's holding a ball in his hand, next shot you see the ball on the floor beside him. See more »

Quotes

Kofi: It was booty. That girl Meg is dumb. Thinkin' her fathers comin' back from wherever. That's stupid to believe in. That girl and her mom are both trippin'. Cuz where I'm from... don't nobody's father come back.
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References Top Gun (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Rev It Up
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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i liked it a lot
25 July 2005 | by jimakrosSee all my reviews

I liked this movie.Yes,its about a baseball little league,yes it has the usual "lets be a team and win" attitude,but its very well acted by these kids and the dialog sounds real,also its not concentrated only on the kids.

Its more like what the kids get to mean to this guy,who is sort of a loser,and doesn't actually care much about baseball or anything else.

I thought it was well acted,surprisingly good for Keanu Reeves who is not one of my favorite actors,but he seems inspired in this movie. I thought it was very well directed and the whole ghetto setting seems disturbingly realistic.It passes its social message in a simple,direct way without preaching.

I recommend it to anyone who is interested in a low key likable movie.


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