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''TheBadNewsBears'' is a 1976 film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau as Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic former minor-league baseball player who becomes the coach of the Bears, a cellar-dwelling Little League baseball team with poor playing skills and little hope or ever winning.

To bolster the team's abilities, he recruits Amanda Whurlitzer, a skilled pitcher who happens to be the eleven-year-old daughter of one of Buttermaker's ex-girlfriends, and Kelly Leak, the local cigarette-smoking troublemaker. And, miraculously, the notoriously chronic underdogs start winning under Buttermaker's careful coaching. Now all that lies between them and victory is the championship game...

The film was followed by two sequels, ''The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training'' in 1977 and ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan'' in 1978, and a short-lived 1979-80 CBS television series, none of which were able to duplicate the success of the original. A remake was made in 2005, starring Creator/BillyBobThornton as Buttermaker.

Not to be confused with BearsAreBadNews.
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!!This movie, and its two sequels, contain examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming: Buttermaker is variously referred to as "Boilermaker", "Butterworth", "Buttercrud", etc.
* ChampionsOnTheInside
* DownToTheLastPlay: This was perhaps the first underdog movie to have the protagonist team NOT win.
* DownerEnding: Subverted, big time and beautifully so, [[DefiantToTheEnd despite the Bears losing]].
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Buttermaker the little-league coach.
* FatComicRelief: Engelberg.
* MouthyKid: Many of the kids have their moments, but Tanner loves throwing around racial epithets.
* TheNapoleon: Tanner.
* OpposingSportsTeam: The Yankees.
* OrderedToCheat: Buttermaker orders his batter to lean into the pitch so he'd get hit, to get a walk. The player is against the idea, but does it anyway. Twice.
* PetTheDog: Quinn Smith, who played [[TheWoobie Timmy Lupus]] in the first film, couldn't take part in the second. They were able to get him for a brief scene at the beginning where they show him getting visited by some of his teammates while recovering from a broken leg, with the insinuation that he was a huge part of their second season.
* PositiveDiscrimination
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits
* SaveOurTeam
* SequelGoesForeign: ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan''.
* TheSeventies: Boy, does it ever...
* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], and it was the first film to subvert the trope
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The studio originally wanted Burt Lancaster to play Buttermaker. The screenwriter (Lancaster's son) vetoed that idea as he didn't want people to think he was playing off his father's fame.
* WinOneForTheGipper: In ''Breaking Training''. They even show the famous clip from ''Knute Rockne, All American'' on a hotel television set.
* YouGoGirl: Amanda.

!!The 2005 remake contains examples of:
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Inverted. Buttermaker, when meeting with the rival coach in an attempt to shake hands after their disasterous first game, mentions that the rival coach "has grapes" in what is an unsubtle reference to the rival coach's balls.
* {{Bowdlerisation}}: In the remake, Billy Bob Thornton wasn't allowed to drink beer on the dugout, though he was allowed to spike it with some hard liquor as a compromise.
* CurseCutShort: Not in the film itself, but the promotional spots for the remake had the scene where Buttermaker mentions his previously being sent to jail (as well as implying his status as a PrisonRape victim), but the scene conveniently cuts to the "Coming Soon" final seconds just as Buttermaker is about to say the word "ass."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite being a "politically correct" remake, there were a lot more dirty stuff that the creators got away with. For one thing, they had Buttermaker alluding to prison sexuality in the beginning of the film.
* PrisonRape: Buttermaker implies in the beginning of the film when talking with a woman and her kid that he was a victim of this. It's a surprise that this got past the censors.
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