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Bad News Bears (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 22 July 2005 (USA)
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A grizzled little league coach tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Bill Lancaster (screenplay), Glenn Ficarra (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Morris Buttermaker
Greg Kinnear ... Roy Bullock
Marcia Gay Harden ... Liz Whitewood
Sammi Kane Kraft ... Amanda Whurlitzer
Ridge Canipe ... Toby Whitewood
Brandon Craggs ... Mike Engelberg
Jeffrey Davies ... Kelly Leak
Timmy Deters ... Tanner Boyle
Carlos Estrada ... Miguel Agilar
Emmanuel Estrada ... Jose Agilar
Troy Gentile ... Matthew Hooper
Kenneth 'K.C.' Harris ... Ahmad Abdul Rahim
Aman Johal ... Prem Lahiri
Tyler Patrick Jones ... Timmy Lupus
Jeffrey Tedmori ... Garo Daragabrigadien
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Storyline

Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic pest removal worker and former professional baseball player (for a very short time), is recruited to coach and train a failing baseball team of 12-year-olds which is about to be thrown out of the league. Written by Anonymous

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The bases are Loaded... So is the coach. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for rude behavior, language throughout, some sexuality and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad News Bears See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,382,472, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$32,868,349

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,252,847
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the remake having a higher MPAA rating than the original (PG-13 verses PG), the ratings board would not allow the remake to feature Coach Morris Buttermaker drinking alcoholic beer in the dugout as he had in the original. Strangely enough the board was fine with him spiking his non-alcoholic beer with hard liquor. See more »

Goofs

During the championship game, the Yankees hit a foul ball, but the game resumes as if it didn't happen. See more »

Quotes

Tanner Boyle: My dad says the only people who put ketchup on hot dogs are mental patients, and Texans.
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Connections

References Field of Dreams (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Habanera
from "Carmen"
by Georges Bizet
Performed by Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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Rock 'n roll update--not all that different, but dispiriting...
29 December 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Unskilled, belligerent group of young boys on a losing Little League baseball team get an alcoholic coach who eventually cleans up their act--and his own. Any film-buff well acquainted with the 1976 Michael Ritchie film "The Bad News Bears" will watch this remake in a perpetual state of deprivation. For every new ingredient added (a kid in a wheelchair, Hooters waitresses on the sidelines, a skateband interlude), there's a classic sequence dropped, funny lines omitted, a bracing sense of importance missing, and uncharismatic, non-plussed child actors who walk through their roles colorlessly. Of course, Billy Bob Thornton is a terrific substitute for Walter Matthau, but Matthau didn't carry the original film all by himself, and Thornton isn't fully in-character anyway (he's just breezing through). The whole early morning feel of Southern California Little League is missing, and the urgency of the original is gone, too (those kids had something riding on these games). Director Richard Linklater obviously was fond of the 1976 version, but he knows the notes without hearing the music; he supplies updated comedic touches without seeing the relevancy, and his tone and narrative are doggedly straightforward (except for the strange opening sequence, which immediately gets the picture off on the wrong foot). A sad botch. *1/2 from ****


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