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Coach of the Year (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  20 December 1980 (USA)
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Jim Brandon, a former player of the Chigago Bears, has been paralysed during the Vietnam-war. When he returns, he tries to get a job as a football-coach, but he doesn't succeed. After a ... See full summary »

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Jim Brandon
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Paula DeFalco
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Superintendant Turner
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Merissa Lane (as Daphne Maxwell)
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Munroe Sweetlife Johnson (#12) (as David Hubbard)
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Andy DeFalco (#84) (as Ricky Paul)
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Hector Estrada (#24)
Radames Torres ...
Effie Peanut Rodriguez (#22) (as Radamus Torres)
Louis Carello ...
Eddie Lovella (as Lou Carello)
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McLeash
Ed O'Bradovich ...
Ed O'Bradovich
Joneal Joplin ...
Coach Forester
Howard A. Peters III
Calvin Bradford ...
The Boys from St. Charles
José 'Little Man' Navarro ...
The Boys from St. Charles (as Jose 'Little Man' Navarro)
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Jim Brandon, a former player of the Chigago Bears, has been paralysed during the Vietnam-war. When he returns, he tries to get a job as a football-coach, but he doesn't succeed. After a visit to the youth-prison St.Charles he thinks of becoming the football- coach there. He decides to do it, 'cause he likes the challenge. The boys, young delinquents, don't accept him, but he goes all out to be accepted. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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20 December 1980 (USA)  »

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The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice maintains six Youth Center correction facilities; Illinois Youth Center St. Charles is one of the six and was opened in December, 1904. In 2012 it had a capacity for 348 juvenile males with an average daily population of 328 boys with an average age of 16. See more »

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Predictable with bad acting
1 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like another reviewer, my wife bought this movie as part of a 20 movie family pack. I guess you could say that this was a decent made-for-TV movie for 1980, but it is super-predictable and the acting, except for Robert Conrad, is generally sub-par. The football scenes are nothing special and seem to mainly act as filler for the movie. The movie is very dated now, but a decent remake could probably make this into a good movie. However, is that really necessary? I mean, how many "underdog sports team works together for the big game with the undefeated guys" movies do we really need? This is probably a good movie for your younger kids if you find it in the bargain bin, but a sports movie buff will find it lacking.


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