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Take Down (1979)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  January 1979 (USA)
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An unqualified teacher finds himself saddled with coaching duties after a small group of high school seniors form a wrestling team in a last ditch effort to end a 9-year losing streak against a rival school.

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Cast

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Ed Branish
Kathleen Lloyd ...
Jill Branish
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Nick Kilvitus
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Brooke Cooper
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Ted Yacabobich (as Darryl Peterson)
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Randy Jensen
Toney Smith ...
Chauncey Washington
Salvador Feliciano ...
Tom Palumbo
Boyd Silversmith ...
Jack Gross
Nicolas Beauvy ...
Jimmy Kier (as Nicholas Beauvy)
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Jasper MacGrudder
Scott Burgi ...
Robert Stankovich
Lynn Baird ...
Doc Talada
Ron Bartholomew ...
Warren Overpeck
Vincent Roberts ...
Bobby Cooper
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Ed Branish, a snooty English teacher who finds his situation at Mingo Junction High School far beneath him and barely tolerable, flaunts his air of superiority over all (including his supportive wife) by frequently spouting platitudes from literary masters to validate his often contemptuous viewpoint. His habit of having as little to do with his school as possible finally gets the better of him when his light schedule makes him the only staff member available to supervise the newly formed wrestling team. Cornered, he lashes out at the first student to cross his path - Nick Kilvitus, a reserved 185 lbs. senior who's embarrassed by his near-poverty social status and who's also missed a lot of classes lately. No one realizes Nick's been filling in for his alcoholic father at a steel mill (hauling I-beams) when his dad's too drunk to show up (which is all too often, and which also keeps Nick busy at night fishing his embittered father out of bars - to be carried home (Fireman's Carry ... Written by daltonwhisk@yahoo.com

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Just once...everyone has to be a winner!

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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This was the first Disney-released film to receive a "PG" rating in the United States, five years before they launched Touchstone Pictures to expand into the "adult" market. The company's name never appeared on this title though: it was an independent production released through Disney-owned Buena Vista Distribution company. See more »

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Jill Branish: Didn't you do any stuff like that when you were a kid?
Ed Branish: Mmm. The only organized sport we had was baseball.
Jill Branish: Did you play?
Ed Branish: I grew out of it.
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Vincent Roberts shines as Maureen McCormick's brother.
18 October 2002 | by (Fairport, NY) – See all my reviews

Vincent Roberts shines as Bobby Cooper, Maureen McCormick's brother. He shows a sense of shyness, sensitivity, and vulnarability when he finds out that he is sick. He decides to quit the wrestling team just before they must wrestle their arch-rivals Rockville. He makes a touching speech to Nick (Lorenzo Lamas) when Nick gives up on the team. Bobby would give anything to go back and he can't. It is a touching and somewhat sad tribute to this actor whose career was cut short. His death at the age of 21 has saddened me very much.


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