The Bad News Bears
THE BAD NEWS BEARS (PG)
D: Michael Ritchie
Paramount (Stanley Jaffe)
USA 🇺🇸 1976
W: Bill Lancaster
DP: John A. Alonzo
Ed: Richard A. Harris
Mus: Jerry Fielding
Walter Matthau (Coach Buttermaker), Tatum O'Neal (Manda Whurlizer), Vic Morrow (Roy Turner), Joyce Van Patten (Cleveland), Jackie Earle Haley (Kelly Leak), Ben Piazza (Whitewood)
A washed up baseball professional coaches a team of troublemaking kids in this hilariously politically incorrect comedy from the 1970's.
A Disney-esque story, but the script is full of dialogue which makes it a little on the adult-marketed side for a family film, though it spawned a couple of sequels which were more for a juvenile audience.
Decent entertainment for a rainy weekend although it might appear a little too dated now. Walter Matthau is great as the salty old pro, while Tatum O'Neal takes great glee in playing the tomboyish leader of the ball players.
Did You Know:
Jodie Foster was cast at one point as Amanda Whurlitzer but dropped out in order to play Iris in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976).