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Hardball
     

Hardball

4.3 9
Director: Brian Robbins

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes

 

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Children's baseball gets a new look in the Keanu Reeves sports vehicle Hardball. Paramount has done a great job at making sure this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks clear of almost all defects or imperfections. With deep black levels and solid color schemes, this is an excellent looking image. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in

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Children's baseball gets a new look in the Keanu Reeves sports vehicle Hardball. Paramount has done a great job at making sure this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks clear of almost all defects or imperfections. With deep black levels and solid color schemes, this is an excellent looking image. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. This soundtrack is very enveloping with directional effects used through both the front and rear speakers. Also included on this disc are Dolby 2.0 Surround tracks in English and French, as well as English subtitles. Hardball includes a vast array of extra features, starting with a commentary track by director Brian Robbins and writer John Gatins. This commentary track is very informative (the director has a lot to say on the production), if a bit dry. "The Making of Hardball" is a basic short promo spot for the film that features interviews with the cast and crew. Three deleted scenes are included that were justifiably left on the cutting room floor. Finally, there are some commercials, a theatrical trailer for the film, and the music video "Hardball" by Lil Bow Wow, Lil' Wayne, Lil Zane, and Sammie.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Hardball, the latest celluloid manifestation of Hollywood's peculiar confidence in the healing power of baseball, manages to be genuinely touching even as it is thoroughly predictable. Keanu Reeves portrays Conor O'Neill, a down-at-the-heels Chicago gambler who reluctantly takes a job coaching a sandlot baseball team comprised of rough-edged, cynical, inner-city kids. They don't have much faith in the new coach, and probably with good reason: He plans to desert them as soon as he makes enough money to pay his debts. But something about these spirited youths -- and about their idealistic, pretty teacher (Diane Lane) -- convinces Conor that he should stick around, especially when the team's morale is shattered by an unexpected tragedy. Director Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) doesn't show us anything we haven't seen before, but the earnest performances of Reeves and Lane, coupled with the vigorously staged and viscerally exciting baseball sequences, make Hardball much more than the sum of its clichés. This inspiring, exhilarating drama demonstrates once again that there are few cinematic conventions more satisfying than the depiction of an underdog's triumph over adversity. Director Robbins and writer John Gates contribute a feature-length commentary for the DVD, which also includes a making-of featurette, three deleted scenes, and a "Hardball" music video, in addition to theatrical trailers.
New York Times
Does surprisingly few lurches as it walks the tightrope between urban realism ... and family entertainment. Stephen Holden
San Francisco Chronicle
Works where it counts, on the emotional level. Bob Graham

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
UPC:
0097363307945
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Commentary by director Brian Robbins and writer John Gates; three deleted scenes; The Making of Hardball; music video: "Hardball" by Lil Bow Wow, Lil' Wayne, Lil' Zane & Sammie; trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keanu Reeves Conor O'Neill
Diane Lane Elizabeth Wilkes
John Hawkes Ticky Tobin
D.B. Sweeney Matt Hyland
Sterling Elijah Brown Sterling
A. Delon Ellis Miles Pennfield II
Julian Griffith Jefferson Albert Tibbs
Bryan Hearne Andre Ray Peetes
Michael B. Jordan Jamal
Kristopher Lofton Clarence
Michael Perkins Kofi Evans
Brian Reed Ray-Ray
Alexander Telles Alex
DeWayne Warren G-Baby

Technical Credits
Brian Robbins Director,Producer
Ned Bastille Editor
Jermaine Dupri Score Composer
Herbert W. Gains Executive Producer
John Gatins Screenwriter
Jaymes Hinkle Production Designer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin McCormick Executive Producer
Tina Nides Producer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Erwin Stoff Executive Producer
Mike Tollin Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Busted [:31]
2. A Couple Players Short [7:14]
3. Sister Wilkes [1:31]
4. Home After Dark [5:16]
5. Breaking It Down [:46]
6. Book Reports [5:30]
7. Kekambas vs. Waatas [:47]
8. True Player [6:39]
9. Contract Negotiations [:23]
10. Account 27 [2:57]
11. Striking Out [3:00]
12. Bulls and Six [1:08]
13. Major League Game [7:18]
14. Big Poppa [:40]
15. G-Baby [3:41]
16. The 'Ship [3:00]

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Hardball 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HATE KEANU REEVES...YET I LOVED THIS MOVIE-GO FIGURE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was awesome, good, and well just great!! You really can't say what good part there was about the movie because the movie was the good part!! Well, just see it for yourself it's great!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hardball is excellent, filled with compassion, truth and love. I highly recommend viewing. I loved it!
Bobkis More than 1 year ago
This movie has it all. The ups and dowms of real life. The possibility for little romance. The story of a guy with nothing to lose who ends up bringing some joy into the lives of some highly at risk kids. The thing that is really cool is that the boys on the team had no prior acting experience and were from the area as well as the extras who were all paid. This is another example of Keanu Reeves being a unique actor who always tries to give a little something back to the community and to his fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hardball is action packed! A Baseball team that just wants to play ball and has nothing to lose. Hardball is a funny movie in some ways but drama is placed in this movie often on. The ending of the movie is oftne upseting. (In A Good Upseting Way) Rated: PG-13
Guest More than 1 year ago
This hitts you in the heart were hurts and trust me if you say you won't cry in movies well after you see this you will be soaking in tears! Best movie out there!
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