The Bad News Bears

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Released 1976

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Director:
Michael Ritchie
Released:
1976
Rating:
PG
The Bad News Bears is a 1976 children's movie starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal in a story about an underdog little league baseball team and the coach who turns them around, teaching them how to play the game and, more importantly, how to enjoy it. Matthau plays Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic ex-ball player who gets recruited by a Southern California Little League to coach a team of local rejects. The League is weathering a lawsuit brought against them because of their ruthless exclusion of less-skilled children from the teams. The League doesn't want to lower the level of competition on any of the “real” teams, so they allow a new team to be made. The new team, called The Bears, is composed of the worst players in the league. However, under the tutelage of Buttermaker, the outcasts start to shape up. Buttermaker recruits a couple talented kids to join the team, including hot shot pitcher Amanda Wurlizer (O'Neal), to turn around the team's fortunes. In the end, The Bad News Bears is a heart-warming commentary on the virtues of playing for the love of the game.moreless
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