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(1976)
Directed by Michael Ritchie

Writing credits::
Bill Lancaster
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Plot Outline:: First of a trilogy of films takes an unflinching look at the underbelly of little league baseball in Southern California. Former minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker is a lazy, beer swilling swimming pool cleaner who takes money to coach the Bears, a bunch of disheveled misfits who have virtually no baseball talent. Realizing his dilemma, Coach Buttermaker brings aboard girl pitching ace Amanda Whurlizer, the daughter of a former girlfriend, and Kelly Leak, a motorcycle punk who happens to be the best player around. Brimming with confidence, the Bears look to sweep into the championship game and avenge an earlier loss to their nemesis, the Yankees.

Cast::
Walter Matthau .... Coach Morris Buttermaker

Chris Barnes .... Tanner Boyle

Tatum O'Neal .... Amanda Whurlitzer

Ben Piazza .... Councilman Whitewood

Vic Morrow .... Coach Roy Turner

Erin Blunt .... Ahmad Abdul Rahim

Jackie Earle Haley .... Kelly Leak

Gary Lee Cavagnaro .... Engelberg

Joyce Van Patten .... Cleveland

Jaime Escobedo .... Jose Agilar

Scott Firestone .... Regi Tower

George Gonzales .... Miguel Agilar

Alfred Lutter III .... Ogilvie

Brett Marx .... Jimmy Feldman

David Pollock .... Rudi Stein

Quinn Smith .... Timmy Lupus

David Stambaugh .... Toby Whitewood

Brandon Cruz .... Joey Turner

Timothy Blake .... Mrs. Lupus

Bill Sorrells .... Mr. Tower

Shari Summers .... Mrs. Turner

Joe Brooks .... Umpire

George Wyner .... White Sox Manager

David Lazarus .... Yankee

Charles Matthau .... Athletic

Maurice Marks .... Announcer


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(1977)
Directed by Michael Pressman

Writing credits::
Paul Brickman (written by)

Bill Lancaster (characters)
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Plot Outline: They've fired their coach. They've "borrowed" a van. They're on their way to the Houston Astrodome...with girls on their minds, cops on their tails, and the game of their lives at stake.
A troubled, rebellious teen drives his rambunctious baseball team out to Houston where they play an exhibition game and the boy meets his estranged father, and hires him as the teams coach.

Cast::
William Devane .... Mike Leak

Clifton James .... Sy Orlansky

Chris Barnes .... Tanner Boyle

Jackie Earle Haley .... Kelly Leak

Jimmy Baio .... Carmen Ronzonni

Erin Blunt .... Ahmad Abdul Rahim

George Gonzales .... Miguel Agilar

Jaime Escobedo .... Jose Agilar

Alfred Lutter III .... Ogilvie

Brett Marx .... Jimmy Feldman

David Pollock .... Rudi Stein

Quinn Smith .... Timmy Lupus (The Big Looper)

David Stambaugh .... Toby Whitewood

Jeffrey Louis Starr .... Mike Engelberg

Lane Smith .... Officer Mackle

Fred Stuthman .... Lester Eastland

Dolph Sweet .... Mr. Manning

Pat Corley .... Morrie Slaytor

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(1978)
Directed by John Berry

Writing credits::
Bill Lancaster (written by)

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Plot Outline:: In this third film version of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promotor/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best little league baseball team which sparks off a series of adventures and mishaps the boys come into.

Cast::
Tony Curtis .... Marvin Lazar

Jackie Earle Haley .... Kelly Leak

Tomisaburo Wakayama .... Coach Shimizu

Antonio Inoki .... Himself

Hatsune Ishihara .... Arika

George Wyner .... The Network Director

Lonny Chapman .... Louis the Gambler

Erin Blunt .... Ahmad Rahim

George Gonzales .... Miguel Agilar

Brett Marx .... Jimmy Feldman

David Pollock .... Rudy Stein

Jeffrey Louis Starr .... Mike Engleberg

Scoody Thornton .... Mustapha Rahim

Abraham Unger .... Abe Bernstein

Dick Button .... Himself

Regis Philbin .... Harry Hahn

Kinichi Hagimoto .... Game Show Host

Robert Sorrells .... Locke

Clarence Barnes .... Mean Bones Beaudine

Gene LeBell .... Mean Bones' Manager

Victor Toyota .... Interpreter

Yangi Kitadani .... Fight Announcer

Bin Amatsu .... Arika's Father

Dean A. Okinaka .... Manager

David Stambaugh .... Toby Whitewood

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(2005)
Directed by Richard Linklater

Writing credits (WGA)::
Bill Lancaster (screenplay)

Glenn Ficarra (screenplay)

John Requa (screenplay)

Bill Lancaster (1976 screenplay)
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Plot Outline: A grizzled little league coach (Thornton) tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.

Cast::
Billy Bob Thornton .... Morris Buttermaker

Greg Kinnear .... Roy Bullock

Marcia Gay Harden .... Liz Whitewood

Sammi Kane Kraft .... Amanda Whurlitzer

Ridge Canipe .... Toby Whitewood

Brandon Craggs .... Mike Engelberg

Jeffrey Davies .... Kelly Leak

Timmy Deters .... Tanner Boyle

Carlos Estrada .... Miguel Agilar

Emmanuel Estrada .... Jose Agilar

Troy Gentile .... Matthew Hooper

Kenneth 'K.C.' Harris .... Ahmad Abdul Rahim

Aman Johal .... Prem Lahiri

Tyler Patrick Jones .... Timothy Lupus

Jeffrey Tedmori .... Garo Daragebrigadian

Carter Jenkins .... Joey Bullock

Seth Adkins .... Jimmy

Chase Winton .... Ms. Cleveland

Arabella Holzbog .... Shari Bullock

Nectar Rose .... Paradise

Lisa Arturo .... Peaches

Lizz Carter .... Chandalier

Monique Cooper .... Lolita

Candace Kita .... China

Kate Luyben .... Daisy

Shamron Moore .... Cherry Pie

Jeffrey Hutchinson .... Baseball Official

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Bad News Bears TV Series (1979-1980)
Plot Outline:: To avoid a year in jail, swimming pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker agrees to coach a Little League baseball team called the Bears. Unfortunately, the Bears are the worst team in the league, boasting a roster of the most inept and least disciplined players in school. Buttermaker, with the help of principal Rappant, eventually wins the respect of the Bears, and they even win a few games along the way.

Cast::
Jack Warden .... Morris Buttermaker

Catherine Hicks .... Dr. Emily Rappant

Phillip R. Allen .... Roy Turner

Sparky Marcus .... Leslie Ogilvie

Meeno Peluce .... Tanner Boyle

Billy Jayne .... Rudi Stein

Corey Feldman .... Regi Tower

Shane Butterworth .... Timmy Lupus

Kristoff St. John .... Ahmad Abdul Rahim

J. Brennan Smith .... Mike Engelberg

Charles Nunez .... Miguel Agilar

Danny Nunez .... Jose Agilar

Tricia Cast .... Amanda Whirlitzer

Bill Lazarus .... Frosty

Gregg Forrest .... Kelly Leek

Rad Daly .... Josh Matthews

Persephanie Silverthorn .... Student

Sherrie Wills .... Marsha

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