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The Bad News Bears (1976)

Cast: Jesse Wayne, Jesse Wayne, Walter Matthau, more...
Director: Michael Ritchie, Michael Ritchie
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Comedies, Sports Drama, Sports Comedy, Sports, Sports Comedy, Sports Drama
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
The success this underdog comedy from director Michael Ritchie almost single-handedly spawned the kids' sports film boom of the 1980s and '90s. When beer-breathed ex-minor-league ball player and professional pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) agrees to coach a Los Angeles little league team, he soon finds he's in over his head, having inherited an assortment of pint-sized peons and talentless losers. They play well-organized teams and lose by tremendous margins, and the parents threaten to disband the Bears to save the kids (and themselves) any further embarrassment. Buttermaker refuses, though, and brings in a pair of ringers: Amanda (Tatum O'Neal), his ex-girlfriend's tomboy daughter, and Kelly (Jackie Earle Haley), a cigarette-smoking delinquent who happens to be a gifted athlete. With their help, the Bears manage to change their losing ways and qualify for the championship, where they face their arch-rivals, the Yankees. ~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide

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classic comedy by Neutron November 17, 2003 - 11:01 AM PST
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One of the movies that started all of the cliches of the down and out team of ragtag misfits and losers. The Bad News Bears manages to do it in a realistic, interesting and funny way.

Walter Matthau is great in this, as is the young Tatum O'Neal and the rest of the strong cast of kids. Definitely a great movie that has still aged well. You don't even have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this one.




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