Los Angeles Times

'The Bad News Bears'

Underdog: The Bears Walter Matthau plays a beer-swilling, foul-mouthed pool cleaner who spent about three innings in the minors. He comes in to coach this team that's so awful all losing teams since have been called The Bad News Bears. We're talking about a team that suffered scores like 18-0 and the players were supposedly alive. The coach was based on Burt Lancaster, and by using a girl ( Tatum O'Neal) and some long-hidden talent, the team finally learns to run the bases when it's not just practice. -- Jacqueline Cutler, Zap2it Paramount
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