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The Bad News Bears (1976)

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An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.


  • Walter Matthau
  • Tatum O'Neal
  • Vic Morrow
  • Joyce Van Patten
  • Ben Piazza
  • Jackie Earle Haley
  • Alfred Lutter III
  • Chris Barnes
  • Erin Blunt
  • Gary Lee Cavagnaro

Did You Know?


  • Tanner uses the word crud (or cruddy) 11 times during the course of the film.
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  • After Kelly Leak's homerun gives the Bears their first win of the season (against the White Sox) the footage of the Bears celebrating at home plate around Kelly shows a Yankee catcher. This footage was actually from the alternate ending which had the Bears winning the final game against the Yankees.
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    • Kelly: I got a Harley-Davidson. Does that turn you on? Harley-Davidson?
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The Bad News Bears is, in a way, [Ritchie's] most harrowing portrait of how we'd sometimes rather win than keep our self-respect. He directs scenes for comedy even in the face of his disturbing material and that makes the movie all the more effective; sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we can't, and the movie's working best when we're silent.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times