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Coach (1978)

 -  Comedy | Sport  -  17 March 1978 (USA)
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An Olympic Gold medalist is hired to coach the boys basketball team. But when Coach Randy Rawlings arrives, the school's sexist principal discovers he hired a woman. Blocked from firing her... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Randy Rawlings
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Jack Ripley
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Fenton 'F.R.' Granger
Channing Clarkson ...
Bradley William David Granger
Steve Nevil ...
Ralph
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Ned
Meridith Baer ...
Janet
Myron McGill ...
Danny
Robyn Pohle ...
Candy
Kristine Greco ...
Darlene
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Keith
Cindy Daly ...
Wanda
Rosanne Katon ...
Sue
Lenka Novak ...
Marilyn
Otto Felix ...
Tom
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An Olympic Gold medalist is hired to coach the boys basketball team. But when Coach Randy Rawlings arrives, the school's sexist principal discovers he hired a woman. Blocked from firing her due to discrimination laws, he tries to make sure the team loses, so he can fire her for poor performance. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Her team's the best. They just don't know it yet See more »

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Meet the new coach: sex offender and cheat.
20 January 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Desperate to improve the performance of their boys basketball team, Granger High School hires two time Olympic medallist Randy Rawlings as coach without checking the gender of their new employee. When the school's sexist principal Fenton Granger (Keenan Wynn) discovers that he has unwittingly hired a woman (Cathy Lee Crosby), he is keen to get rid of her, but finds that he is legally bound to let her have the job—at least until she messes up, something that he tries to ensure will happen sooner rather than later.

An attractive 'fish out of water' teacher slowly earning the respect of both her stuffy peers and her unruly students: not exactly the most original idea for a film, but I still found Coach an interesting watch if only for the fact that Crosby's character acts in a seriously inappropriate and unprofessional manner, first by striking up a sexual relationship one of her underage players (played a young Michael Biehn), and then by throwing all of her sporting principles out of the window by allowing her team to win their final match using underhanded means. And all with zero consequences for the naughty woman!!!

A supposedly responsible adult with such dubious moral standards is so unusual in a movie like this that I find it hard not to enjoy just a bit, despite a bland script and lifeless direction doing their utmost to convince me otherwise.


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