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- Released: September 21, 2021
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region A
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Keanu Reeves & Diane Lane|
|Performer:||John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney, Michael B. Jordan, Trevor Morgan, Mike McGlone & John Gatins|
|Directed by||Brian Robbins|
|Edited by||Ned Bastille|
|Screenplay by||John Gatins|
|Composition by||Mark Isham|
|Produced by||Brian Robbins, Mike Tollin & Tina Nides|
|Director of Photography:||Tom Richmond|
Rating: 3/5 -- At its best, the lighthearted and the hard hitting meet head on. Also check out the tremendously silly but fun rendition of a Notorious B.I.G. tune. Full Review
...[Warren is] a tiny fireball of energy....Perkins provides quiet intensity...
Rating: 2/4 -- Works where it counts, on the emotional level. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Rating: 3/5 -- This umpire calls Hardball out at first base. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: 3/5 -- This is less a hardball than a softball, without any curves or surprises. Full Review
Rating: C- -- Had Paramount played more team ball, they coulda been a contender Full Review
Old School Reviews
...Its uplifting message about teamwork and caring wouldn't hurt a fly. You might even say, the movie is good for you...
New York Times
Brian Robbins (VARSITY BLUES) directs another sports-related picture with HARDBALL, an uplifting story about a man who finds redemption when he's least expecting it. Keanu Reeves stars as Conor O'Neill, an underachiever whose gambling addiction has gotten him into seemingly insurmountable trouble. Desperate for money, he begs his friend Jimmy (Mike McGlone) to bail him out one more time. Jimmy agrees to give Conor a weekly stipend, but only if Conor agrees to coach a little league baseball team in Chicago's inner city. At first, Conor realizes just how unequipped he is for this particular task, as the assembled team goofs off, fights, and curses, paying no attention to his authority. Eventually, however, he gains their respect, and pretty soon, they're winning games. Meanwhile, off the field, Conor finds himself falling for the children's schoolteacher, Miss Wilkes (Diane Lane). He also places a potentially life-threatening bet with a high-level bookie, but after a miracle saves him and he begins to fully embrace his new role as a coach and father figure, tragedy strikes and teaches Conor a much more valuable life lesson. Based on the non-fiction book by Daniel Coyle, HARDBALL is an uplifting story that gets a boost of energy from its non-professional cast of youngsters.
- Theatrical Release: SEPTEMBER 14, 2001
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