O'Neal says 'Bad News Bears' had an edge that is missing in many modern movies
TORONTO - It may be 35 years old, but Tatum O'Neal says her classic baseball film "The Bad News Bears" has an edge that is absent from many modern movies.
"I think that the '70s was a better time to make movies in general. I just think there was more art and less control," the 47-year-old actress said in an interview to promote her new memoir, "Found: A Daughter's Journey Home."
O'Neal said "The Bad News Bears" and her 1980 summer camp film "Little Darlings" delved into areas that are sometimes glossed over today.
"There was a sense that the artistic won over the parental, kind of ... sanitation and I think it was important. .... 'Little Darlings' and 'Bad News Bears' got to do things that they probably wouldn't do today. The smoking and the topic of sex in 'Little Darlings.' Yeah, I like that they did that."
O'Neal played phenom pitcher Amanda Whurlitizer in "The Bad News Bears," which starred Walter Matthau as Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic pool-cleaner who reluctantly agrees to coach a little league team.
The 1976 film is far from politically correct: the hapless Bears swear and hurl racial slurs while an exasperated Buttermaker downs beer after beer.
"I loved the movie," said O'Neal, who is also starring in a new reality series on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network with her estranged father, Ryan O'Neal.
"I think it was a terrific movie and very, very good and very smart and good for the time and funny, you know?"
"Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals" premieres in Canada on OWN on June 24.