THE BAD NEWS
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.