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My Favorite Baseball Movie ...
2004-04-30 11:30
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

... is being (unnecessarily) re-made, according to The Hollywood Reporter via Entertainment Weekly:

Billy Bob Thornton and screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa like movies with the word ''Bad'' in the title. The ''Bad Santa'' trio's next project, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is a remake of ''The Bad News Bears'' for Paramount, the studio behind the 1976 film and its two sequels. Thornton, currently on screen in ''The Alamo,'' would follow up his ''Santa'' role as a boozy department store Kris Kringle by stepping into the cleats of Walter Matthau, who starred in ''Bears'' as a beer-chugging, cantankerous coach of a team of Little League misfits.

The Bad News Bears does baseball better than any movie I've ever seen. The Bad News Bears Go to Japan does it worse than any move I've ever seen.

Off the top of my head, Eight Men Out is my No. 2 baseball movie, with The Natural, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams following shortly thereafter. Bang the Drum Slowly isn't the greatest, although the scene where that song is played in the locker room might be the most moving scene in a baseball movie.

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