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"The coach is waiting for his next beer. The pitcher is waiting for her first bra. The team is waiting for a miracle. Consider the possibilities."

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.

| 1976 | 1 hr 42 min | 7.3/10 | 83/100
Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten
Paramount Pictures
Michael Ritchie

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