Director Brian Robbins scores an emotional home run with the inspirational sports drama HARDBALL. Originally released on September 14, 2001, the film celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time ever September 21, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Featuring a sensational cast including Keanu Reeves, Diana Lane, John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney, and Michael B. Jordan in one of his first film roles, HARDBALL follows Conor O’Neill (Reeves), a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team. The “team” turns out to be a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago’s inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. But the stakes are higher than Conor imagined: the kids need someone to believe in. As Conor wrestles with his past, the kids start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future – that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places. The HARDBALL Blu-ray includes the following legacy bonus content:
- Commentary by director Brian Robbins and writer John Gatins
- The Making of Hardball
- Deleted Scenes
- Music Video – “Hardball” by Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Zane and Sammie
- Theatrical Trailer