Hardball (film)

Hardball (Film)

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Hardball is a 2001 American dramedy film directed by Brian Robbins. It stars Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane and D. B. Sweeney. The screenplay by John Gatlins is based on the book Hardball: A Season in the Projects by Daniel Coyle. The original music score is composed by Mark Isham. The film is known in some parts of the U.S. as "Little Sluggers."


Conor O'Neill (Keanu Reeves) is a gambler who has bet on his dead father's account and is now severely in debt. In order to repay the debt, he must coach a baseball team of troubled kids in the ABLA housing projects of Chicago. He had decided that once he repaid his debts, he would leave the team, but soon Conor connects with the kids and finds it harder to leave than he thought.


  • Keanu Reeves as Conor O'Neill
  • Diane Lane as Elizabeth Wilkes
  • D. B. Sweeney as Matt Hyland
  • John Hawkes as Ticky Tobin
  • Bryan C. Hearne as Andre Ray Peetes
  • Julian Griffith as Jefferson Albert Tibbs
  • Michael Jordan as Jamal
  • A. Delon Ellis Jr. as Miles Pennfield II
  • Kristopher Lofton as Clarence
  • Michael Perkins as Kofi Evans
  • Brian M. Reed as Raymond 'Ray Ray' Bennet
  • DeWayne Warren as Jarius 'G-Baby' Evans
  • Sammy Sosa (cameo)
  • Yung Leek as Malik 'Yungin' Gholston


The film was based on a nonfiction novel that tracked the experience of Robert Muzikowski, a real-life youth baseball coach. Muzikowski sued Paramount Pictures for defamation, alleging that the film inaccurately portrayed him as a down-on-his-luck...
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