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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?

The chase scene playing on the drive-in screen is from Disney's The Million Dollar Duck (1971), also directed by Vincent McEveety.See more »
Andy Petrovic:Ready Gus. Oich!See more »
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1 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Worst sports movie ever, 29 January 2009
Author: historian64 ( from United States

This is indicative of most 70's Disney fare: it looks more like it was written by a ten year old, rather than for one. It brings up the debate as to who was the bigger jackass: the mule or the executive who gave the green light to this turkey.

Don knots as a football coach is funny enough to carry a sketch, but not of movie. Tom Bosley as a mobster? Bob Crane's character was an all too obvious parody of Howard Cosell,(for those of you too young to remember a longtime ABC sportscaster who spoke in a long-winded monotone and was part of the Monday Night Football broadcast team from 1970 through 1983) Funny given pro football's popularity that nobody's really put out a good film about pro football. (yes that includes Any Given Sunday)

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