The Bad News Bears

Synopsis: First of a trilogy of films takes an unflinching look at the underbelly of little league baseball in Southern California. Former minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker is a lazy, beer swilling swimming pool cleaner who takes money to coach the Bears, a bunch of disheveled misfits who have virtually no baseball talent. Realizing his dilemma, Coach Buttermaker brings aboard girl pitching ace Amanda Whurlizer, the daughter of a former girlfriend, and Kelly Leak, a motorcycle punk who happens to be the best player around. Brimming with confidence, the Bears look to sweep into the championship game and avenge an earlier loss to their nemesis, the Yankees.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Michael Ritchie
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

let's get one thing straight.

I was a heck of a ballplayer,

but I never pitched for the Yankees.

- As a matter of fact...

- You never played major league.

But you did pitch

for Phoenix in the minors.

In 1951, you won nine games...

Iost six, had 170 strikeouts...

and had an E.R.A. Of 2.86.

Good work, kid.

Ahmad Abdul Raheem.

- Ahmad Abdul Raheem. Here.

- What position do you want to play?

I want to switch hit

like my big brothers.

- I wanna play where Hank Aaron did.

- Right field.

- Aaron played right field.

- Then right field.

He also played quite

a few games on second base.

- Then second base.

- Mike Engelberg.

My dad thinks I should

try out for catcher.

He's invaluable. He can play third

and short at the same time.

- You wanna get "kung-fued"?

- Shut up, Tubs!

Timmy Luppus?

All right, all right.

- Timmy Luppus.

- Lupus.

Crud. Does that booger-eatin' spaz

make me want to puke.

- What do you want to play, Luppus?

- Lupus.

He's shy, Coach.

Shy, my butt.

He's an idiot.

Shut up, Tanner.

He's just quiet.

Timmy and I could do

a fine job sharing right field.

Let's not talk anymore about it.

Everybody out on the field

and take any position you want.

We'll figure out

where you play later.

- Could Timmy and I play right field?

- Anyplace at all.

- Just get out there.

- Do you want us to split it?

Shut up and get out there.

Let's go, boys.

Mister Buttermaker...

I think my dad said something about

these two boys were Mexican.

They don't speak any English.

All right, let's get one.

Hey, can't you hold off of that

until after practice?

There's energy in chocolate.

I need energy.

All right, let's get one.

Damn it, Regi!

Attack that ball!

- Pay attention out there.

- It was right at me.

Attack it!

All right, get one.

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Bill Lancaster

William Henry "Bill" Lancaster (November 17, 1947 – January 4, 1997) was an American screenwriter and actor. more…

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