->''"First base, second base, third base, home!\\
Around them bases we shall roam!"''

''The Bad News Bears'' is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie.

Creator/WalterMatthau stars 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 of ever winning. To bolster the team's abilities, he recruits Amanda Wurlitzer (Tatum O'Neal), a skilled pitcher who happens to be the eleven-year-old daughter of one of Buttermaker's former girlfriends, and Kelly Leak (Creator/JackieEarleHaley), 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'' (1977) and ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan'' (1978), and a short-lived 1979-80 CBS [[RecycledTheSeries television series]], none of which were able to duplicate the success of the original. Remade in 2005 as ''Bad News Bears'', directed by Creator/RichardLinklater and starring Creator/BillyBobThornton as Buttermaker.

Not to be confused with BearsAreBadNews.
!!This movie, and its two sequels, contain examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming: Buttermaker is variously referred to as "Boilermaker", "Butterworth", "Buttercrud", etc.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan'' has one. Fittingly, it was animated in Japan at Group TAC.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Tanner drops this gem when Amanda joins the team:
-->'''Tanner:''' Jews, spics, niggers, and now a ''girl''?\\
'''Amanda:''' Grab a bat, punk!
* TheBet: Amanda tries to get Kelly to join the team by playing air hockey against him at an arcade. But she loses, so instead she has to go out on a date with him.
* BittersweetEnding: See DownerEnding below.
* ChampionsOnTheInside
* CoversAlwaysLie: The [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CD64NA7QL.jpg DVD cover]] shows Amanda standing on a box while talking to Buttermaker. Take a wild guess as to whether a scene like that appears in the actual movie.
* DownToTheLastPlay: This was perhaps the first underdog movie to have the protagonist team '''not''' win.
* DownerEnding: Subverted, [[DefiantToTheEnd despite the Bears losing]].
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Buttermaker the little-league coach.
* FatComicRelief: Engelberg.
* HypocriticalHumor: In the first film, Amanda tries to {{invoke|d}} this on Kelly. But it [[InsultBackfire backfires]].
-->'''Amanda:''' Whatcha got against baseball anyway?\\
'''Kelly:''' The baseball you guys play is for faggots and old farts who don't have anything better to do with themselves.\\
'''Amanda:''' Well, you must like those kind of guys. You sure do hang around the field often enough.\\
'''Kelly:''' There's a nice ass on the field. That's why I hang around.\\
'''Amanda:''' ''(DeathGlare)''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tanner may be a foul-mouthed, racist, and sexist little kid but he'll be quick to defend his teammates. Especially when Lupus gets bullied by members of a rival team.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Roy Turner might have gone too far by hitting his son Joey; however, he was right to be mad at Joey for intentionally trying to hit Engelberg in the head with a baseball, which could have seriously hurt him had the ball actually struck him in the head. There is also the legal ramifications Roy could have faced.
* MilesGloriosus: Carmen in the second film. He got better, though.
* MouthyKid: Many of the kids have their moments, but Tanner loves throwing around racial epithets.
* TheNapoleon: Tanner.
* OnlySaneMan: Kelly.
* 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 film. 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: The whole reason the Bears exist is because one of the players' parents is an attorney, and decided to sue the league. He also paid Buttermaker to coach the team.
-->'''Cleveland:''' Goddamn class action suits are gonna be the ruin of this country.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: One of the poster childs of this trope.
* SaveOurTeam: While this is the basic premise, the movie Averts all the usual trappings. The coach is a disinterested drunk, the players don't really get along with each other, they only finally start winning because of [[TheAce Amanda and Kelly]], and they lose the championship to the juggernaut Yankees.
* SequelGoesForeign: ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan''.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], and it was the first film to subvert the trope.
* WinOneForTheGipper: In ''Breaking Training''. They even show the famous clip from ''Film/KnuteRockneAllAmerican'' 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.