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The Bad News Bears Details


The success this underdog comedy from director Michael Ritchie almost single-handedly spawned the kids' sports film boom of the 1980s and '90s. When beer-breathed ex-minor-league ball player and professional pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) agrees to coach a little league team in the San Fernando Valley, he soon finds he's in over his head, having inherited an assortment of pint-sized peons and talentless losers. They play well-organized teams and lose by tremendous margins, and the parents threaten to disband the Bears to save the kids (and themselves) any further embarrassment. Buttermaker refuses, though, and brings in a pair of ringers: Amanda (Tatum O'Neal), his ex-girlfriend's tomboy daughter, and Kelly (Jackie Earle Haley), a cigarette-smoking delinquent who happens to be a gifted athlete. With their help, the Bears manage to change their losing ways and qualify for the championship, where they face their arch-rivals, the Yankees. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:April 7, 1976


Walter Matthau
as Coach Morris Buttermaker
Tatum O'Neal
as Manda Whurlizer
Vic Morrow
as Coach Roy Turner
Joyce Van Patten
as Cleveland
Ben Piazza
as Councilman Whitewood
Jackie Earle Haley
as Kelly Leak
Alfred Lutter
as Ogilvie
Brandon Cruz
as Joey Turner
Shari Summers
as Mrs. Turner
Maurice Marks
as Announcer
Quinn Smith
as Lupus
Erin Blunt
as Ahmad Abdul Rahim
Jaime Escobedo
as Jose Agilar
George Gonzales
as Miguel Agilar
David Pollock
as Rudi Stein
Chris Barnes
as Tanner Boyle
Scott Firestone
as Bear
Brett Marx
as Jimmy Feldman
Timothy Blake
as Mrs. Lupus
Bill Sorrells
as Mr. Tower
George Wyner
as White Sox Manager
Charles Matthau
as Athletic
Howard Culver
as Newscaster
Charles Matthau
as Athletic
Bill Sorrells
as Mr. Tower
George Wyner
as White Sox Manager
Timothy Blake
as Mrs. Lupus


Michael Ritchie
Polly Platt
Stanley Jaffe
Bill Lancaster
John A. Alonzo
Jerry Fielding
Composer (Music Score)
Richard A. Harris
Polly Platt
Production Designer
Cheryal Kearney
Set Designer
Jack Roe
First Assistant Director
Jesse Wayne