In Praise of Timeless Bears

September 16, 2014 8:34 PM

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In Praise of Timeless Bears

One of the greatest baseball movies and American comedies of all time has been largely laying low in tall outfield grass for 38 years. Despite its commercial success, The Bad News Bears is rarely mentioned on critics' lists of classic movies.

Recently, I attended a special American Cinematheque screening of Michael Ritchie's 1976 film at the legendary Aero Theater in Santa Monica. It was introduced lovingly by Cinematheque spokesman Grant Moninger and Dan Epstein (author of Stars and Strikes, about the '76 season), who were both seriousl...

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