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Coach (1978)

PG  |   |  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
Jack David Walker ...
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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Swinging Coach  »

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My Life's a Sing-a-long
Words and Music by Anthony Harris
Performed by Dana Valery
Available on Warner-Curb Records
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e. .e. cummings to the rescue
24 June 2009 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this offering, BCI paired COACH with "The Beach Girls" as a "Welcome to the Grindhouse double feature." This film hardly belongs in this category.

A losing basketball team, a curmudgeon school administrator (brilliantly played by Keenan Wynn); and, an illicit affair between the coach and a student about sums up this movie.

In addition, while the main characters, played by Cathy Lee Crosby and Michael Biehn, work hard to make the film work, the filmmakers really created something of a disappointment with COACH.

Cathy Lee Crosby's character works well with the team. First, she shows them who's the boss after her first practice. Then, she brings in outside talent, pro basketball player Sidney Wicks. Finally; and, perhaps fate-fully, she participates in their ribald sing-a-long on the bus.

By the way, how many times did Crown International Pictures use that Woody Guthrie "Hey Lolly Lolly" tune anyway? In any case, the acting on the part of the team members is capable as well as their basketball playing.

The score is heavy on the easy listening, romance ballads, which makes COACH seem syrupy. The only exception is the funky "Go Stallions GO," which played during the montage of their winning games. The music really served to heighten the intensity of the game play.

But in the end, it's "Jabberwocky, Jabberwocky, Jabberwocky" that saves the day.

Overall, the movie is pretty light-hearted; and, hard to hate. I give it a 5 out of 10 just for the e. e. cummings reference.


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