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Hardball (2001)

Hard Ball (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 14 September 2001 (USA)
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An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling, and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

Director:

Brian Robbins

Writers:

Daniel Coyle (book), John Gatins (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Conor O'Neill
Diane Lane ... Elizabeth Wilkes
John Hawkes ... Ticky Tobin
Bryan Hearne Bryan Hearne ... Andre Ray Peetes (as Bryan C. Hearne)
Julian Griffith ... Jefferson Albert Tibbs
Michael B. Jordan ... Jamal (as Michael Jordan)
A. Delon Ellis Jr. A. Delon Ellis Jr. ... Miles Pennfield II
Kris D. Lofton ... Clarence (as Kristopher Lofton)
Michael Perkins Michael Perkins ... Kofi Evans
Brian M. Reed Brian M. Reed ... Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet
DeWayne Warren ... Jarius 'G-Baby' Evans
Carol Hall Carol Hall ... Pearla Evans (as Carol E. Hall)
Jacqueline Williams Jacqueline Williams ... Lenora Tibbs
Freeman Coffey Freeman Coffey ... Darryl Mackey
D.B. Sweeney ... Matt Hyland
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Storyline

Bright, educated, handsome Conor O'Neill's promising future was wrecked by his gambling addiction, which dragged him into heavy drinking and petty crime, but worst of all, the stifling grip of loan-shark bookies. Desperate for a loan, he agrees to stand in for lawyer friend Jimmy Fleming as coach of a Chicago ghetto Little League baseball team. His sense of pride, becoming the boys' sole idol, and competition, plus their attractive teacher, motivate Conor. But the crushing loan problem rather requires leaving town. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

In a place where all bets are off, he's got nothing to lose. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hardball See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,386,342, 16 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,219,708, 20 January 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a true story. See more »

Goofs

In the "regotiation scene" with G-Baby, only G-Baby and Conor are in the dugout. It then cuts in showing the Kekambas batting. If this were the case, most of the team would be seated in the dugout. Since the dugout only had Conor and G-Baby in it, the rest of the team would be playing defense out in the field. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Wilkes: So you work for Smith & Stevens Securities?
Conor O'Neill: Yes.
Elizabeth Wilkes: What deal did you blow?
Conor O'Neill: What?
Elizabeth Wilkes: Well, I'm sure you're not coaching this team by choice.
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Alternate Versions

The mayor of Chicago, school chiefs and coaches were angry about the kids in the movie using extreme language. After protests and saying it was "overly negative", the distributors decided to edit/dub all of the lines with the word "f*ck" to get a PG-13 rating. See more »

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References Top Gun (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Rev It Up
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Much better than I expected
8 March 2002 | by TheoriginaltruebritSee all my reviews

Due to alot of negative reviews on this site I did not expect the movie to be as good as it was. However after watching it this evening I was delighted by the entire experience. While I agree that it goes along with the "ducks" formula it deviates from it by not showing us the final game with the final ten seconds for the team to win. It spared us that and just let us know with the final credits that the team won. I thought the performances in the movie were excellent, although even I (living here in the deep south) found the accents of the children a little difficult to comprehend. As for the overall effect of the movie it entranced me, completely, I kept having to rewind scenes to view them again and again. And, more importantly, if anyone ever doubted Keanu's ability to act then one should only view the eulogy scene to know that his critics have been simply barking up the wrong tree. Strong, emotional, sympathetic and completely believable... speaking as as part time amateur actress, do you know how hard it is to cry, and cry believably? Do you know how hard it is to make your chin tremble..? My conversion to Mel Gibson fan was watching him "cry" in Lethal Weapon... this has been my reconversion to Keanu fan..., to cry so believably in a movie is worth quids in my book and to be able to express emotion in such a way is worth any amount of praise. Wonderful movie. Go see it.


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