The most important thing in life is showing up
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 26, 2017
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English
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|
...A surefire heart-tugger made with skill and judgment....This endearing film strikes an all-crucial consistent balance between grit and sentiment...
Los Angeles Times
Despite its several scripted shortcomings, Hardball is a heartwarming and uplifting film... Full Review
Behind The Lens
...Lane conveys warmth and intelligence...
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Does surprisingly few lurches as it walks the tightrope between urban realism ... and family entertainment.
New York Times
Rating: 0.5/5 -- A smarmy proposition passing itself off as family fun in the style of The Bad News Bears.
Rating: 2/4 -- Works where it counts, on the emotional level. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
There's nothing wrong with a good cry, or a good cliche, and Hardball offers both by the barrel. Full Review
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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