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The Bad News Bears

The 1976 movie starring Walter Matthau

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Make way for the Bad News Bears as they take the field.

  • May 14, 2009
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The Bad News Bears (1976) was a surprise hit of the seventies. It was also another starring vehicle for young and precocious Tatum O'Neal. Walter Matthau co-stars as the Bears' drunken and slovenly mannered manager. The ever shady Vic Morrow makes a guest star supporting role as the Bears' rival's manager. He's a pushy jerk who tries to relive his youth through his kid.  Jackie Earle Haley co-stars as the Bears only chance at success,a young rebel without a clue Kelly Leak.

The movie is not a classic, it's just a fun film about youth baseball. Unlike the movies of today, the tone and mood is very realistic and it doesn't pull punches. The language is rough for the kiddies so be fore warned. I liked this movie when I was growing up and you know what? I still do. Take a chance and watch THE BAD NEWS BEARS. This film was so successful, it was followed by two sequels, a television series and a remake! Good family fun for all ages.

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Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Havn't seen the original but the newer one was hilarious! Love Billy Bob Thorton in this!
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The Bad News Bears is a 1976 film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in 1977 and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan in 1978, and a short-lived 1979-80 CBS television series, none of which were able to duplicate the success of the original. Also notable was the score by Jerry Fielding, which is an adaptation of the principal themes of Carmen.

A remake of the movie, directed by Richard Linklater with Billy Bob Thornton taking the role of Morris Buttermaker, was released on July 22, 2005.
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