The Bad News Bears At The Senate Theater!

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THE BAD NEWS BEARS

Starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal, The Bad News Bears is a tartly-scripted comic saga about a no-hope Little League team from L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, the film — directed by Michael Ritchie from an original screenplay written by Bill Lancaster — shocked and amused audiences with its unbridled vulgarity and unvarnished portrayal of youth sports.

A surprise hit, it became the eleventh highest-grossing American film of 1976, outpacing the likes of Taxi Driver, Logan's Run and The Man Who Fell to Earth at the box office. It blew the minds of countless kids who recognized themselves up there on the silver screen, but it also resonated deeply with adult viewers and critics, as well; Jay Cocks of Time described the film as "a fracturing comedy of honor, victory and defeat," while Roger Ebert called it "an unblinking, scathing look at competition in American society."

Though ostensibly a kids' film, Richie's movie is closer in tone and spirit to such classic 1970s anti-hero-oriented ensemble flicks as M.A.S.H. and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest — as opposed to, say, such slick 1970s kids fare as The Apple Dumpling Gang or Escape to Witch Mountain. As such, the characters develop in subtle, believable ways, but they're still basically the same people by the end of film that they were at the beginning. What makes it all work is the talent of the ensemble; everyone from Matthau (whose hangdog magnificence is truly something to behold) down to brothers Jose and Miguel Aguilar (who play the tiny, non-English-speaking Mexican members of the Bears) is brilliantly cast and plays their part to perfection.

THE BAD NEWS BEARS 1976
RUNNING TIME: 1:42

Doors open at 7pm
Organ Overture on the Mighty Wurlitzer at 7:30.
Parking is available in our gated lot on Gilbert Street.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at http://dtos.org/
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