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      The Bad News Bears

      PG Released Apr 7, 1976 1 hr. 42 min. Kids & Family Comedy TRAILER for The Bad News Bears: Trailer 1 List
      97% 35 Reviews Tomatometer 80% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Hard-drinking, ex-minor-league hopeful Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) grumpily agrees to coach a Little League team at the behest of lawyer-councilman Bob Whitewood (Ben Piazza), who has a vendetta against the league for excluding his marginally talented son from play. After failing with his new team of misfits, Buttermaker enlists feisty and gifted pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O'Neal) to lead the charge -- but can he find the luck and patience to whip these outcasts into shape? Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 20 Buy Now

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      The Bad News Bears is rude, profane, and cynical, but shot through with honest, unforced humor, and held together by a deft, understated performance from Walter Matthau.

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      Audience Member A comedy about the worst baseball team becoming the best bad influence. Director Michael Ritchie and the late Walter Matthau and Tatum O' Neal. Morris is an ex-baseball minor league player who spends his day drinking. His lawyer-councilman Bob recommends he coaches a boys team. It's all out of spite against the league who denies his son to play given how talented he is. These boys are inexperienced and stink on the field. Morris' last attempt is to have a girl Amanda join the team to up their winning streak. But the rest of them are against the idea. Plus they both have rough past with Morris briefly dating her mother then one day he took off. These kids are bad news indeed with the bad attitudes, bad language, and crummy play antics. True this movie is a product of the time; with all the racial and homophobic slurs. Not to mention the violence inflicted on several characters. But give credit it started some familiar tropes in this genre. Even a terrible team can come together. It blends heart, comedy, and wicked satire. Matthau's performance stands out even if his character is less than sympathetic. The kids manage to keep up too with all the cynicism involved and the precociousness to win or play by the book. Just make sure to skip the remake! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/08/24 Full Review Brent A 10% rating ... I did not care for this film. I didn't think it was very funny and the storyline felt dull. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 11/20/23 Full Review Jp T One of the Best movies ever made !!! 70s and 80s Rule!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/23/23 Full Review Charles M My favorite baseball movie ever. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/14/23 Full Review Howard M I just want to say, this is how things really were in the 1970's. I know. I was there. And had a lifetime .333 little league batting average. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/05/23 Full Review isa e Terrific movie, crisp dialog, the kids are amazing and most importantly BELIEVABLE. Classic, cannot express how amazing this movie is Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dan Epstein Rolling Stone A film was released that got everything beautifully, hilariously and even painfully right. May 30, 2018 Full Review Charles Taylor Slate At a time when sports movies can't be just sports movies anymore, it's both startling and soothing to take a second look at Michael Ritchie's Little League comedy The Bad News Bears. May 30, 2018 Full Review Jay Cocks TIME Magazine Surprisingly, improbably, The Bad News Bears is the year's funniest movie. Aug 3, 2008 Full Review Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) It's well-written and directed, and avoids being labeled as an outright "family comedy." May 9, 2023 Full Review Brett Doze InSession Film Still one of the scrappiest underdog movies... Rated: B+ May 2, 2023 Full Review Brian Orndorf Blu-ray.com A sublime, unique film that finds a way to serve its agitation with superbly scripted dry humor and richly defined characters. Rated: A Sep 6, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Hard-drinking, ex-minor-league hopeful Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) grumpily agrees to coach a Little League team at the behest of lawyer-councilman Bob Whitewood (Ben Piazza), who has a vendetta against the league for excluding his marginally talented son from play. After failing with his new team of misfits, Buttermaker enlists feisty and gifted pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O'Neal) to lead the charge -- but can he find the luck and patience to whip these outcasts into shape?
      Director
      Michael Ritchie
      Screenwriter
      Bill Lancaster
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 7, 1976, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 1, 2013
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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