The Bad News Bears

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"A classic comedy about growing up!"
  • PG
  • 1976
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 7.3  (20,820)
  • 84

The Bad News Bears was the surprise hit of 1976 (although, with a pair of Academy Award winners in the cast, perhaps it should not have been). Walter Matthau plays Morris Buttermaker, a former minor league pitcher who never realized his Big League dreams and is now drinking his way through life as a pool cleaner in Southern California. A series of unfortunate events lands Buttermaker as coach of the Bears, a Little League team that consists of the worst players available. Buttermaker knows his group has no shot to win, so he recruits a ringer, fellow Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal, who may be a girl but is also one of the best pitchers in the area. Problem is she's also the 12-year-old daughter of one of his ex-girlfriends. The movie takes a series of hilarious turns, including the addition of motorcycle-riding bad boy (and future Oscar nominee) Jackie Earle Haley, who adds just enough attitude to the team that they might have a chance to fulfill their ultimate goal of beating the trash-talking Yankees, the best team in the league.

The Bad News Bears
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The Bad News Bears was the surprise hit of 1976 (although, with a pair of Academy Award winners in the cast, perhaps it should not have been). Walter Matthau plays Morris Buttermaker, a former minor league pitcher who never realized his Big League dreams and is now drinking his way through life as a pool cleaner in Southern California. A series of unfortunate events lands Buttermaker as coach of the Bears, a Little League team that consists of the worst players available.

Buttermaker knows his group has no shot to win, so he recruits a ringer, fellow Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal, who may be a girl but is also one of the best pitchers in the area. Problem is she's also the 12-year-old daughter of one of his ex-girlfriends.

The movie takes a series of hilarious turns, including the addition of motorcycle-riding bad boy (and future Oscar nominee) Jackie Earle Haley, who adds just enough attitude to the team that they might have a chance to fulfill their ultimate goal of beating the trash-talking Yankees, the best team in the league.

The Bad News Bears is a 1976 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 84.

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  • Release Date
    1976
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 42 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (20,820)
  • Metascore
    84