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Wildcats (1986)

A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Ezra Sacks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Molly
Swoosie Kurtz ... Verna
Robyn Lively ... Alice
Brandy Gold ... Marian
James Keach ... Frank
Jan Hooks ... Stephanie
Bruce McGill ... Darwell
Nipsey Russell ... Edwards
Mykelti Williamson ... Bird (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Tab Thacker ... Finch
Wesley Snipes ... Trumaine
Jsu Garcia ... Cerulo (as Nick Corri)
Woody Harrelson ... Krushinski
Willie J. Walton Willie J. Walton ... Marvel
Rodney Hill Rodney Hill ... Peanut
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Storyline

Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When the football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite expecting sniggers from fellow staff members and her former husband. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Her dream was to coach high school football. Her nightmare was Central High.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First and Goal See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,472,905, 17 February 1986

Gross USA:

$26,285,544

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,285,544
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The filming for the movie was done during the summer. Extras were asked to show up in winter gear and act like it was cold out. The temperature was in the eighties on the days of filming. See more »

Goofs

The writing on the chalkboard behind Molly changes as she is giving her halftime speech during the Prescott game. See more »

Quotes

Trumaine: Don't worry baby, this my uncle's car, he lets me borrow it whenever I want.
Marva: OH YEAH! THEN WHY DID YOU HAVE TO HOT WIRE IT!
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Referenced in Psych: Christmas Joy (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Wanna Be Normal
Performed by Randy Crawford
Written by Patrick Leonard, Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard, David Pack and Michael McDonald
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Funny And Winning
5 October 2000 | by G-Man-25See all my reviews

It may not score many points for originality, but this comedy is still tremendously entertaining and one of my personal favorites from the 1980s. Plenty of memorably funny moments, some great one-liners and excellent performances by the entire cast, with Goldie doing a stand-out job and Nipsey Russell making the most of his relatively small role as the beleaguered high school principal who desperately wants gridiron glory for his school's team. Veteran director Michael Ritchie definitely knows how to perk up a formula story and make it seem lively and new again, even if we DO see the feel-good finale coming a mile away.

Stay tuned through the end credits for a funny rap song performed by Goldie and her team.


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