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4.0 out of 5 stars The real thing not the remake
Don't get this confused with the remake as the other reviewer has done, as this is - yet another - case of if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

It's hard to believe that anyone would think this needed to be remade as there is no-one working today who could do what Walter Matthau does here, excepting possibly Bill Murray. It is Matthau's laconic, brilliantly...
Published on 9 April 2009 by S.M. Gidley

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1.0 out of 5 stars bad news buy
i was sorely disappointed in this film. i always liked walter matthau but this was bad language from the start. true, the bad language of the 70's but bad to my ears just the same. i watched the first ten minutes then fast forwarded it then ejected it. took it to charity shop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The real thing not the remake, 9 April 2009
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S.M. Gidley (Sidmouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bad News Bears [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Don't get this confused with the remake as the other reviewer has done, as this is - yet another - case of if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

It's hard to believe that anyone would think this needed to be remade as there is no-one working today who could do what Walter Matthau does here, excepting possibly Bill Murray. It is Matthau's laconic, brilliantly unsentimental portrayal of the little league baseball coach in charge of a hapless team which stops this from even looking like it might become a nauseating mess as it would in the hands of many others.

As with most sports films there are only so many places you can go - they win, they lose, they learn things about themselves along the way. And it's fair to say that Bad News Bears doesn't challenge this formula, although the end does have a little bit of a very funny twist. What is good about the film is Matthau and the screenplay which makes a real effort to make the kids into proper characters who actually have something to say.

You might get a little bit lost if you don't know something about baseball but that really won't affect your enjoyment of this film which will make you feel quite nostalgic for a community spirit that doesn't seem to exist any more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buttermakers's Bail Bond Backed Bears., 8 Mar 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bad News Bears [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Rewarding for both adults and children, this funny and astute movie revels in poking the ribs of Little League Baseball whilst casting a cautionary eye of the obsession some have with winning. An on form Walter Matthau stars as Morris Buttermaker, a now washed up ex minor league player who, prompted by a financial carrot, becomes manager of a multi-racial team of Little League misfits. It's originally a rough road as Buttermaker is more concerned with drinking beer, while the kids themselves don't know which end of the bat to hold. But things start to pick up when Morris enlists his talented daughter Manda (Tatum O'Neal) to pitch for them. Not only that but the town rebel, Kelly Leak (Jackie Earl Hayley), with points to prove, has also been prompted to join.

Directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Bill Lancaster (yes, Burt's son), The Bad News Bears never sinks to being a preachy fable. It also delightfully doesn't resort to type for its finale. Making this a very clever and aware film from a genre of film so often troubled by safe playing and a too frothy approach. It would spawn two so so sequels in the next two years, inspire an imitation, get a TV series make over and was remade in 2005 with Billy Bob Thornton taking on the role of Buttermaker. 7.5/10
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1.0 out of 5 stars bad news buy, 15 April 2014
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i was sorely disappointed in this film. i always liked walter matthau but this was bad language from the start. true, the bad language of the 70's but bad to my ears just the same. i watched the first ten minutes then fast forwarded it then ejected it. took it to charity shop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bad News Bears - The Original!, 24 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Bad News Bears [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
There's nothing like the original, even though the re-make is really good, Walter Matthau is the master of this role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny film for any parent!, 17 Jan 2006
This review is from: Bad News Bears [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I wathced this film on the plane coming back from holiday and thought it was hilarious. The relationship between Billy Bob's character Buttermaker and his estranged daughter is great and will have any father cringing. Very funny lines from the adults and children - great comedy
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