Hardball (2001)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Sport

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An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling, and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.




  • Keanu Reeves in Hardball (2001)
  • Diane Lane and Keanu Reeves in Hardball (2001)
  • Brian Robbins and DeWayne Warren in Hardball (2001)
  • Keanu Reeves and Brian Robbins in Hardball (2001)
  • Amanda Bynes at an event for Hardball (2001)
  • Keanu Reeves in Hardball (2001)

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Brian Robbins


Daniel Coyle (book), John Gatins (screenplay)

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5 September 2015 | darosslfc
| Reality and Entertainment
Hard Ball is a slice of life film about an aimless young man given the opportunity to make a difference in the life of ten young boys from the projects of Chicago. Conor O'Neill (Keanu Reeves) is an addict to gambling and this weakness lands him in a spot of trouble where he has to pay off two bookies and needs money fast. He reaches out to an old friend, who's in business, for cash and agrees to coach a little league team for the money.

The film goes on to tell the story of O'Neill and the boys as they change each others perspectives and end up helping each other become better people. John Gatins (Coach Carter, Flight) begins his writing career with this as his second feature film. It is a straight forwards predictable story but it has a special quality about it.

The film stays away from making things bigger than they are and opts for a realistic outlook on the lives of the characters involved. Keanu Reeves gives a performance that not many would attribute to his successful career, but is a performance that shouldn't be overlooked. Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station) is a one of the kids and gives a performance that foreshadows his career to come.

Hard Ball, while not an Oscar worthy film, is one that will lift you up without asking for the suspension of belief. You don't need to put aside unrealistic happenings in the film because it doesn't try to be something its not. This film is there to give you insight into a story that you don't see everyday. It leans towards reality rather than entertainment and achieves both.

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Release Date:

14 September 2001


English, German

Country of Origin

Germany, USA

Filming Locations

Michigan, USA

Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,386,342 16 September 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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