The Greatest Moment In Sports Movie History
Bad News Bears in Breaking Training Video – Let Them Play
The Bad News Bears In Breaking Training was a 1977 sequel to the the original Bad News Bears movie. Not to be confused with the horrifically awful 3rd movie set in Japan.
My Bad News Bears Breaking Training top 10 List
Where Breaking Training fits amongst all time classic flicks…
- # 2 road trip movie of all time (EuroTrip)
- # 2 sports movie of all time (Hoosiers)
- #1 kids movie of all time (Star Wars was more of an all ages flick)
- #1 coming of age movie of all time
- #1 baseball movie of all time
- #1 cursing kids movie of all time (take that GoodFellas)
- #1 best ever drunken coach (Buttermaker)
- #1 best ever team sponsorship (Chicos Bail Bonds)
- #1 (tied) best ever racial slur rant (tied with this Do The Right Thing rant)
— a disgusted Tanner Boyle “Jews, Spics, Niggers and a Wop that throws airballs.”
- #2 Greatest chant in sports history (Raaaaaaiderrrrrs)
— Coach leak, The Bears, The Astrodome crowd: “Let Them Play, Let Them Play”
About Breaking Training:
This movie follows the Bears’ the year after their infamous second-place finish in the North Valley Little League. After winning this season, the Bears have lost the drunken Buttermaker (Walter Mathau) as their coach, and hero Timmy Lupus ”the Luper” to injury. With a game to play in the Houston Astrodome against the cocky Houston Toros, with the winner advancing to play the Japanese champs, they take an epic road trip to Texas. Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley) reunites with his absentee father (William Devane) who ends up coaching the Bears. The movie returns Chris Barnes as the cursing Tanner Boyle, and brings in new blood in Jimmy Baio as pitcher Carmen Ronzonni.
This greatest sports movie moment ever shows Coach Leak leading the Astrodome crowd in a goosebump inducing chant of “Let them play, Let Them Play!” as a defiant Tanner Boyle eludes security guards. If ever there was a movie scene that could define my entire youth, this would be it.
Bad News Bears in Breaking Training Trivia:
(courtesy of Wikipedia, IMDB, others)
- When the team arrives in downtown Houston, they book a room at the Concord Hotel. In real life, the building which they check into is the Lancaster Hotel, located off Texas Avenue across from Jones Hall.
- Later in the movie, after Coach Leak reappears, the Bears stayed at the Houston Hilton rooms 324 and 325 among others. The actual hotel is located at 6633 Travis Street in Houston, but the filming location was the Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena, California.
- Members of the 1976–77 Houston Astros lineup make a cameo appearance. They include César Cedeño, Enos Cabell, Bob Watson and J.R. Richard.
- When the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Milwaukee was tied and fans were told if the National League did not score a run in the bottom of the eleventh the game would be called, some of them chanted “Let them play” to no avail.
- When Jimmie Feldman is at bat the catcher says “You got one of the Marx Brothers up here.” Jimmie Feldman is played by Brett Marx, grandson of Milton “Gummo” Marx and a great nephew of Harpo, Zeppo, Chico and Groucho Marx.
- The playboy magazine that Carmen gets is the February 1977 issue.
Bad News Bears in Breaking Training Movie Poster
Bad News Bears Road Trip
- Road Trip Must See… The first Bad News Bears movie and some scenes from Breaking Training were filmed at Mason Park in Chatsworth, CA. The park is still there on Mason Ave. just north of Devonshire <click for Map-Satellite>. The field has been completely redone and unfortunatley there is nothing to indicate there was ever a movie filmed there.
Breaking Training: Great Comment From The Web
“Folks, There is only one group of people who will truly enjoy and think this is a great film-the group who it was intended for: those of us who were in our pre-teens or early teens who saw this when it first came out in the Summer of 1977.
The tale is pretty much the kind of thing that every red-blooded American boy of that age would dream about. The little leaguers fire their tyrannical coach and “borrow” a van to play at a little league championship in Houston. To avoid spoiling it, I’ll just say that this deals with their adventures along the way and the results. A “Huckleberry Finn” of the 1970s, to be generous.
The overprotective parents and PC squads of today would have heart attacks at the scenes of the kids’ foul language, cigarette smoking, chasing a grown woman, committing grand theft auto, and swiping Playboy magazines. But most of us who saw it at the time knew that this was over -the top and didn’t take it that seriously.
Yeah, an adult viewer would agree that the story, writing, and acting are atrocious. But this wasn’t intended to be Shakespeare. See it with a 13 year old mind and trust me, you’ll “get it.” For those of us who saw this as 13 year olds in 1977, leave your brains at the door and enjoy the nostalgia and the theme song “Looking Good.” To everyone else-you’ve been warned!” – Damon Fordham
*** Damon, I could not have said it better myself. Iwas a pre-teen baseball addicted foulmouthed respectful kid in the Summer of 1977, and this movie inspires me to this day. I simply love it!
Bad News Bears Theme Music – Life Is Looking Good
“Life Is Looking Good”
Music By Craig Safan
Lyrics By Norman Gimbel
Sung By James Rolleston