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Hard Ball (2001)

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 14, 2001
 UK: 21 Jun 2002
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 19, 2002
 R2: 3 Mar 2003

Budget $21,000,000

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Hard Ball Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some violence. (re-rating)

Running Time
1 hour, 46 minutes

Country USA, Germany

Studio Paramount Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Sports, Coming Of Age, Urban

Tagline: The most important thing in life is showing up

Plot: 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.

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 Directed by
Brian Robbins
Varsity Blues, The Perfect Score, Ready to Rumble
 Written by
John Gatins
Coach Carter, Another Day in Paradise, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Keanu Reeves
The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions
Diane Lane
The Perfect Storm, Unfaithful, Judge Dredd
D.B. Sweeney
Spawn, Dinosaur, Brother Bear
John Hawkes
From Dusk Till Dawn, Identity, The Perfect Storm
Bryan Hearne
All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special
 Music By
Mark Isham
Crash, Blade, Waterworld

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