The Bad News Bears

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Ending / spoiler

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In the last inning of the championship game, Buttermaker sits Toby, Tanner, Jimmy, and Regi and puts in MIguel, Jose, Ogilve, and Lupus. With two outs, Buttermaker switches Amanda with Stein at pitcher because she has a sore arm. The Yankees start to rally and it seems as the championship is in the bag. Down by four runs with bases loaded, a fly ball is hit to Lupus and he miraculously catches it. Now the Bears are at bat, but Stein gets out trying to stretch a single into a double and Amanda grounds out. However, Ogilve gets walked, Ahmad bunts a single, and Miguel gets walked. Now Kelly's up, but Turner doesn't want to take any chances and tells the pitcher to walk him. Buttermaker tells Kelly to swing away on a 3-0 count and Kelly bombs one into the outfield. Ogilve, Ahmad, and Miguel score and Kelly heads home. The Yankees get the ball to the catcher as Kelly slides. Unfortunately, the ump calls him out and the Yankees win. The Bears are disappointed but Buttermaker tells them they should be proud of themselves and gives them all beer. He then tells Amanda he'll teach her how to hit in the spring. Cleveland gives the Bears their trophy and the Yankees give a half-hearted apology for the treatment they gave them. Tanner tells them to "take your apology and your trophy and shove it straight up your ass!" Lupus then throws their trophy at the Yankees and tells them "And another thing. Just wait 'til next year!" The Bears then celebrate with their parents as the scene fades to an updated team picture that includes Kelly and Amanda.

Kevin Q

Continuity mistake: In the Bears' second to last game against the Athletics, an announcement is made early in the game that the Bears are winning 1-0. But later in the game when you see the scoreboard, it shows the Athletics scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning.

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Trivia: After this movie was released, the character Engleberg had to be recast because the actor who played him lost a lot of weight and no longer could play the "fat" catcher so a new heavy actor replaced him in the next two sequels.

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Question: There is a red headed kid that has several small lines in the movie, primarily in the beginning. He plays 1st base once or twice. Who is he, and why wasn't/isn't his role in the movie as big as all the other kids?

Ken Hogan

Chosen answer: That red headed kid is Regi Tower, played by now-screenwriter and director Scott Firestone. Several of the boys had very minor roles, so Regi wasn't really an exception. His character did not appear in either of the sequels to The Bad News Bears.

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