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BBM Round 1 - The Bad News Bears vs. Bang the Drum Slowly

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Bad News Bears or Bang the Drum

Poll ended at Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:12 pm

The Bad News Bears
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Bang the Drum Slowly
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BBM Round 1 - The Bad News Bears vs. Bang the Drum Slowly

Postby ironman » Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:12 pm

The Bad News Bears

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This likable 1976 comedy gently skewers the whole post- Rocky mania for movies about losers who find their mettle or salvation or purpose in life in competitive sport. Walter Matthau stars as a drunk who becomes manager of a pathetic little-league baseball team. When he brings in a talented girl pitcher (Tatum O'Neal), the crew have an actual chance at winning some games and maybe a championship. But director Michael Ritchie (Downhill Racer) undercuts the romance of it all with the team's foul-mouthed tendencies and Matthau's own decadent spin on mentor-coachdom. Similarly to Ritchie's wicked comedy Smile --which lampooned the fervor surrounding beauty pageants--The Bad News Bears pokes fun at another American institution.

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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

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Only those with ice water in their veins won't get misty-eyed watching this moving film about the friendship of two professional baseball players, one of whom--in every sense--is playing his last season. A pre-stardom Robert De Niro portrays a rather simple-minded rookie catcher who comes under the wing of a veteran pitcher (Michael Moriarty). When De Niro's character is diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, Moriarty tries to help him get through one more season. Directed by John Hancock and based on the novel by Mark Harris (who also wrote the screenplay), the film builds on baseball's ability to foster its own lore of courage, nobility, loyalty, and--sadly--tragedy. Watching the youthful De Niro and Moriarty, with all that promise in their bones, adds to the overall romance of the film today. Also appearing are Vincent Gardenia and Danny Aiello. A perennial favorite for many.
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Postby logan » Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:45 pm

BNB ;-D
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Postby beltrans_boy » Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:53 pm

logan wrote:BNB ;-D


Ditto.
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Postby GiantFan666 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:09 pm

Chalk up another vote for Da Bearssss
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Postby Madison » Mon Apr 18, 2005 4:55 pm

"Let them play!" Gotta go with the Bears. ;-D
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Postby ironman » Mon Apr 18, 2005 5:15 pm

Madison wrote:"Let them play!" Gotta go with the Bears. ;-D


Not to split hairs but isn't that quote from the sequel?
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Postby Madison » Mon Apr 18, 2005 5:33 pm

ironman wrote:
Madison wrote:"Let them play!" Gotta go with the Bears. ;-D


Not to split hairs but isn't that quote from the sequel?


Not sure which one it's from, but you're right that it's not from the first movie. ;-)

Just one of my favorite lines when I think of the Bears. :-)
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 5:52 pm

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Postby DieHardCubbie » Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:54 pm

Da Bearz.... ;-D
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Postby ensanimal » Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:42 pm

bad news bears ;-D
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