Bad News Bears Essays

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Bad News Bears “Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world” these were the words once uttered by Babe Ruth. The Bad News Bears is a 1976 film, remade in 2005, about a little league baseball team full of misfits that were originally excluded from their Southern California baseball league for not being talented enough, but parent protest allowed for the team to be formed. The coach in charge of this team is a drunk, ex-professional baseball pitcher named Morris Buttermaker only thinking of himself and his paychecks. The team loses their first game after having to forfeit in the top of the first inning, quickly forming a rivalry with the Yankees. The team then wants to quit, but Buttermaker has a change of heart…show more content…
The boys don’t know what to do, other than steal the money from his wallet and go home. In both movies the team slowly improves until Buttermaker, after several attempts, gets the daughter of his ex-girlfriend to join the team as the ace pitcher. Still, neither team wins a game until the addition of Kelly Leak, a juvenile delinquent often with amazing athletic ability. Both movies contain a montage of unbelievable success resulting from these new players, landing the Bears in the title game. Although the team loses the championship, both films end on a happy note with a “see you next year” to the Yankees and team beer shower. Morris Buttermaker is a washed up former semiprofessional baseball pitcher. This is the lead character in the Bad News Bears. Originally played by Walter Matthua, then remade with Billy Bob Thornton, Buttermaker is self-loving alcoholic who smokes cheap cigars like a chimney. Although Thornton and Matthua played this character similarly, there were some key differences. The newer version of Buttermaker is a womanizer unlike the original. Thornton’s character even sleeps with one of the players moms. The Bears even have numerous amounts of risqué girls cheering for the young boys at their games. In the 1976 version the Buttermaker states that he only pitched in the minor leagues for the New York Yankees. However in the remake he supposedly pitched two thirds of an inning for the Seattle Mariners, with his career earned run average being
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