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Bad News Bears

The Bad News Bears

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Director: Richard Linklater,

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden


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A washed-up ballplayer is put in charge of a pack of kids scarcely more mature than himself in this remake of the 1976 comedy hit. Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) is a former major league baseball player whose career and life has hit the skids thanks to his overwhelming fondness for booze and women. Needing a break, his lawyer (Marcia Gay Harden) arranges for


A washed-up ballplayer is put in charge of a pack of kids scarcely more mature than himself in this remake of the 1976 comedy hit. Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) is a former major league baseball player whose career and life has hit the skids thanks to his overwhelming fondness for booze and women. Needing a break, his lawyer (Marcia Gay Harden) arranges for Buttermaker to take on coaching responsibilities for the Bears, a Little League baseball team comprised of a handful of hapless losers. As Buttermaker tries to groom his young charges into a winning team, he also gives them a glimpse of his hard-living lifestyle while they gear up to take on perennial rivals the Yankees and their arrogant Coach Bullock (Greg Kinnear. The 2005 version of The Bad News Bears was written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who previously scripted another Billy Bob Thornton vehicle, Bad Santa.

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Barnes & Noble
Why field another Bad News Bears squad? The 1976 original was the South Park of its day; and three decades later, the bracing shock of profanity-spewing kids has pretty much worn off. Also, Bears begat any number of increasingly rote movies in which a team of misfits overcomes its underdog status and achieves redemption. But with the erstwhile Bad Santa on board and a promising team of young rookies, director Richard Linklater's remake more than stands on its own. Billy Bob Thornton wears the role of Morris (formerly "The Blade") Buttermaker like a custom-fit glove. His Buttermaker is a besotted exterminator whose brief stint (two-thirds of an inning) with the Seattle Mariners was his sole moment of baseball glory; the hapless team he's recruited to coach, which includes one wheelchair player, was nearly booted from the local Little League organization. Countering the notion that such kids need a role model, Buttermaker passes out drunk during practice and takes the players to Hooters for team meals (a cheering section of Hooters girls is a running gag). His un-P.C. coaching style includes such comments as, "You guys swing like Helen Keller at a piñata party." But with the addition of two players -- Buttermaker's estranged daughter, Amanda (Sammi Kraft), an ace pitcher, and a rocket-armed, sweet-swinging local delinquent (Jeff Davies) -- the Bears come together as a team. Where relatively free-flowing racial and cultural epithets provided the shock factor in 1976, Bad News Bears earns its PG-13 with gratuitously crude and rude talk. In that regard, it's no Bad Santa. This film does have Thornton, though, and he's terrific here; few contemporary actors can go from fall-down-drunk in one scene to the "We can do better" speech and make it work. At least, in a movie.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The first decade of the 21st century has been a fruitful time for director Richard Linklater. After regaining his artistic footing with the back-to-back releases of the animated philosophy class Waking Life and the claustrophobic drama Tape in the same year, he whipped up the biggest box-office hit of his career with the winning School of Rock. He followed that up with a film that displayed the full power of his aesthetic approach and deepened his already weighty themes, Before Sunset -- the best work of his career. The Bad News Bears allows him to ease up on the gas peddle. That is not to say the film is lazy or lacks his remarkable ability to observe characters without judgment. The film is well-directed, solidly written, and the performers (both professional and amateur) are engaging. Billy Bob Thornton delivers another first-rate comedic performance that manages to stay remarkably faithful to the indelible memory of Walter Matthau's work in the original while being different enough that you never compare the two while watching this new version. However, there is something off in the basic conception of the film. Both this film and the original are about skewering American sacred cows. Linklater finds ways to make pointed comments about the War in Iraq that would make Michael Ritchie smile. He obviously admires the original film, occasionally lifting from it entire sections of dialogue (the script is partly credited to the screenwriter of the original film) and even some shots. But a reverent ode to irreverence, however well-crafted, can't help but seem inessential. As solid as Linklater's film is, coming off of his most recent work and with the memory of the perfect original, inessential is how it feels.

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Performance Credits
Billy Bob Thornton Morris Buttermaker
Greg Kinnear Ray Bullock
Marcia Gay Harden Liz Whitewood
Sammi Kane Kraft Amanda Whurlitzer
Jeff Davies Kelly Leak
Timmy Deters Tanner Boyle
Brandon Craggs Engelberg
Aman Johal Prem Lahiri
Tyler Patrick Jones Lupus
Troy Gentile Matthew Hooper
Carlos Estrada Miguel Agilar
Emmanuel Estrada Jose Agilar
Jeffrey Tedmori Garo Daragebrigadian
Ridge Canipe Toby Whitewood
Kenneth Harris Ahmad Abdul Rahim
Carter Jenkins Joey Bullock

Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Sandra Adair Editor
Bruce Curtis Production Designer
Adam Ellison Associate Producer
Glenn Ficarra Screenwriter
Sara Greene Associate Producer
Bruce Heller Co-producer
J. Geyer Kosinski Producer
Bill Lancaster Screenwriter
David S. Lazan Art Director
Brad Marks Associate Producer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Vince Palmo Asst. Director
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
John Requa Screenwriter
Steve Savage Consultant/advisor
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Greg Smith Consultant/advisor
Rogier Stoffers Cinematographer
Edward Tise Sound/Sound Designer
Marcus Viscidi Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bad News Bears (Special Collector's Edition)
1. For The Kids [7:14]
2. The First Practice [5:51]
3. Uniforms [:53]
4. Team Work [4:47]
5. Game Off: The Yankees [4:54]
6. Tell Them What They Want To Hear [6:23]
7. Dictatorship [1:01]
8. Athletics And Angels [5:24]
9. There Should Be An F And A U [1:51]
10. Game Four: The White Sox [4:47]
11. The Pieces Come Together [1:42]
12. Bad Boy [7:01]
13. Playoff: The Giants [:33]
14. Pep Talks [4:09]
15. Take One For The Team [3:46]
16. Inspiration [1:03]
17. Final Inning [5:53]
18. See You Next Year [3:48]


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The Bad News Bears 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the few good remakes of sports comedies. Billy bob thorton is friggin' hilarious as the coach. The kids are smart allecks (like they should be.) if you're looking for a good and funny movie to watch, rent bad news bears. Rent both versions. I can't say if it was better or not but that's funny right there i dont who you are it was funny!