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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moses Guthrie
H.S. / Harvey Tilson
Meadowlark Lemon ...
Rev. Grady Jackson
Jack Kehoe ...
Toby Millman
James Bond III ...
Tyrone Millman
Harry the Trainer
Peter Isacksen ...
George Brockington
Wally Cantrell
Mona Mondieu
Marv Albert ...
Himself (as Marvin Albert)
Ola (as Debra Allen)


The Pitsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologicly compatable players, they can become winners Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Release Date:

2 July 1981 (Colombia)  »

Also Known As:

Basket Music  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chevy Chase was attached to the project at one point but left before filming started. See more »


The score before the timeout of the last game was Los Angeles 101, Pittsburgh 91, but when the game resumed, the Pisces made well over ten field goals. Their victory should have been by a double-digit margin. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gorgo (1998) See more »


A Theme For L.A.'s Team
Music by Thom Bell
Performed by The Thom Bell Orchestra featuring Doc Severinsen
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Basketball Skills
4 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monday, 12/04/2006 7:20pm The first time I saw this movie was when I was playing basketball in college. Watching Dr. J dunking the basketball helped me to develop my own style of dunking. The one dunk that I was to perform was when Dr. J throws the basketball off the backboard, catches it in mid-air for a reverse dunk. Another dunk was when he was coming from the side lines, throwing the basketball off the backboard with a reverse spin action, catching the ball with one hand and jamming it home. I was just a young white country boy from Tallassee, Alabama that surprised the likes of Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson on the basketball court at Auburn University in the early 80's. I must give all the credit to Dr. J for further developing my basketball skills.

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