The Bad News Bears
- Michael Ritchie
- 97 mins
- PGMore info: UK: General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children
A gruff former minor-league baseball player agrees to coach a team of youngsters. However, he is shocked by how woefully hopeless the would-be sports heroes really are. Gritting his teeth, he vows to do his best, with the help of an old girlfriend's talented daughter and a grim-faced biker. Comedy, starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Ben Piazza, Joyce Van Patten and Vic Morrow.
Walter Matthau is on fine form here in one of the first sports comedies to use the now familiar "underdogs taking on the big boys" scenario. He plays a boozy coach trying to lick a bunch of no-hoper Little League baseball misfits into shape with a little help from star-pitcher Tatum O'Neal. As in A League of Their Own, it's the relationship between coach and team that pulls you in, while the child actors are more than a match for old pro Matthau - especially O'Neal, who has more screen presence than dad Ryan ever had. A small winner.
How to Watch
- Some swearing.
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|Coach Morris Buttermaker||Walter Matthau|
|Amanda Whurlizer||Tatum O'Neal|
|Roy Turner||Vic Morrow|
|Cleveland||Joyce Van Patten|
|Councilman Whitewood||Ben Piazza|
|Kelly Leak||Jackie Earle Haley|
|Joey Turner||Brandon Cruz|