Actors: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Ben Piazza, Vic Morrow, Chris Barnes, Erin Blunt, Jackie Earle Haley, Joyce Van Patten, Brandon Cruz, Howard Culver
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Bad News Bears|
|In the course of coaching a group of kids who didn't make the cut in normal little league selection, Walter Matthau (as the curmudgeonly Coach Buttermaker) learns about fair play and how important it really is that every player gets a turn at bat.
--Wes Saylors, Resident Scholar
|Usually in the movies, children are usually shown as over achievers, flowing blonde hair , slim with a full set of white teath. Rarely does the movie industry ever portray children as the regular "kid joe" who isnt a world class athlete and may have asthma or not be very good in sports or may be fat and dorky.
In the movie "Bad News Bears" they kind of broke the mold and did portray the underdog children as a bunch of misfit insecure kids who have mediocre talent, kids with asthma, kids who are fat and kids who are insecure. When I was growing up, most of the kids and my friends were like the kids as portrayed in the movie.
This is why I believe that this movie did so well. I am 39 years old and still consider this movie to be an all time favorite. I have seen this movie probably 12-14 times and I
have never gotten tired of it. My favorite scene is when Buttercrud is going to quit after the first game anihalation. He looks at Tanner Boyd and asks if he wants to quit and Tanner says " Hell No Coach, I want to play Ball".
--Pat Campion, Resident Scholar
|An ageing former minor-league ballplayer, now a beer-drinking pool cleaner, has to manage an apparently hopeless little league baseball team of misfits and wierdos. Through spunk, creativity, and a bit of luck, they figure out a way to work together and win enough games to get to the championship. As a mid-'70's sports film, winning is not as important as working together, doing your best, and playing fair. Bizet's "Carmen" serves as the soundtrack.
--Zorikh Lequidre, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
Kind of sports story:
Story of girl(s) doing boy sport?
- White American
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
- sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- Some foul language
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