The Bad News Bears

Film, Comedy
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Amiably engrossing satire on the 'win ethic' that offers a take-it-or-leave-it approach to its serious points about enforcing precociousness on kids, but consistently delights with its panoramic comic invention. Drunken slob Matthau (perfect) coaches an abysmally inept Little League baseball team that sniffs unaccustomed success when joined by street-smart girl pitcher O'Neal, and a windmill tilt at the championship ensues. Two sequels never came close to repeating its pleasures.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Ritchie
Screenwriter: Bill Lancaster
Cast: Walter Matthau
Tatum O'Neal
Vic Morrow
Jackie Earle Haley
Alfred Lutter
Joyce Van Patten