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Release Date:
7 July 1976 (USA) See more »
You'll get a kick out'a Gus. See more »
The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Asner ... Hank Cooper

Don Knotts ... Coach Venner

Gary Grimes ... Andy Petrovic

Tim Conway ... Crankcase
Louise Williams ... Debbie Kovac (as Liberty Williams)

Dick Van Patten ... Cal Wilson

Ronnie Schell ... Joe Barnsdale

Bob Crane ... Pepper
Johnny Unitas ... Himself

Dick Butkus ... Rob Cargil

Harold Gould ... Charles Gwynn

Tom Bosley ... Spinner

Titos Vandis ... Papa Petrovic
Hanna Hertelendy ... Mama Petrovic
Liam Dunn ... Dr. Morgan

Virginia O'Brien ... Reporter

Kenneth Tobey ... Asst. Warden
Irwin Charone ... Hotel Clerk

Timothy Brown ... Calvin Barnes
Jackson Bostwick ... Stjepan Petrovic

John Orchard ... Pemberton Captain

Richard Kiel ... Tall Man
Henry Slate ... Fan
Larry McCormick ... N.Y. Broadcaster
Larry Burrell ... Locker Room Announcer
Danny Wells ... Referee
James Almanzar ... Coach Garcia

Milton Frome ... Lukom

Iris Adrian ... Fan's Wife

Bryan O'Byrne ... Grocery Store Mgr
Jack Manning ... Mayor

James Brown ... Mammoth Coach

Warde Donovan ... Butcher

Jeanne Bates ... Nurse

Dick Enberg ... Atoms' Announcer

George Putnam ... TV Interviewer
Stu Nahan ... L.A. Sportscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Del Conte ... Field Goal Kicker O'Brien (uncredited)

Fred Dryer ... Atoms player (sideline & showers) (uncredited)
Peter Paul Eastman ... Man in Airport (uncredited)
Bowman Upchurch ... Binocular man in pressbox (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent McEveety 
Writing credits
Ted Key (story)

Arthur Alsberg  and
Don Nelson 

Produced by
Christopher Hibler .... associate producer
Ron Miller .... producer
Original Music by
Robert F. Brunner 
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips  (as Frank Phillips)
Film Editing by
Robert Stafford 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Al Roelofs 
Set Decoration by
Frank R. McKelvy 
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ronald R. Grow .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bud Grace .... second assistant director
Ronald R. Grow .... assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... second assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Sound Department
Frank Regula .... sound mixer
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
George Fredrick .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Harrison Ellenshaw .... matte artist (as P.S. Ellenshaw)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Jesse Wayne .... stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Del Conte .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Allan Graf .... stunt double: Dick Butkus (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumes
Emily Sundby .... costumes
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Davenport .... animal trainer
Les Josephson .... technical advisor
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | UK:U (video) | USA:G | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Casting Dick Van Patten playing a tough guy gambler/bookie surely drew laughs around Hollywood at the time. While Patten is known as a nice guy off screen and on screen, which is casting against type, off screen he's also known as a serious, hardcore gambler who introduced his sons to gambling while in their teens. Vincent Van Patten, in fact, is a serious poker player and has played in and given television commentary on poker tournaments.See more »
Andy Petrovic:Ready Gus. Oich!See more »
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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The worst/best movie Disney ever made..., 21 January 2000
Author: Ben-163 ( from baltimore

Once I was watching TV late at night and this stupid-looking movie came on. It was Gus. I can't believe movies like this could be actually pitched to an executive, but I guess Disney can never be underestimated. As I began to watch it, I became enthralled: a mule kicks field goals from any distance and never misses. Alas, the mule gets kidnapped before the BIG GAME and he must be retrieved. Boy was I surprised when he was airlifted back onto the field after an unpleasant yet unbelievable scene involving a supermarket. Don Knotts plays a terrible coach too, but Gus steals the show here. If you want to watch a movie that never should have been made, check out Gus.

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