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That Championship Season (1982)

R | | Drama | 14 January 1983 (USA)
It started as a friendly meeting between 4 old buddies with their basketball coach and ended up in revealing the truth about their relationship. The meeting forces the five men to reveal ... See full summary »

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It started as a friendly meeting between 4 old buddies with their basketball coach and ended up in revealing the truth about their relationship. The meeting forces the five men to reveal their true identity, to be honest with each other for the first time in their lives. When the night comes to an end they decide to go back to the old glorious days and reunite into the team which won that championship season, back in 1957... Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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The celebratory reunion occasion that was being celebrated was the 24th Anniversary of winning the team winning the basketball premiership. See more »

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When Mayor Sitkowski is riding the exercise bicycle in his office in Scranton, the sun is shining outside, but the apparently live baseball game he is watching from Yankee Stadium is being played at night. Scranton isn't far enough west of the Bronx for this to happen. See more »

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An insightful and humorous account of personal relationships

That CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON examines the effects of strong emotions based on long standing friendships and winning teamwork on four former high school teammates and their coach, now middle aged men. This film shows the winning out of long standing bonding among five guys (for 25 years), now middle aged, over practicality and common sense. i.e. the guys backing Sitkowski (Bruce Dern) for re-election, even though he is probably washed up. This movie shows how old friendships and fond memories of the past can triumph over the stressful realities of the present. Down yuppyism, up corny, melodramatic memories and buddyism! I think this movie is great for the human spirit! Its also a dark comedy and, therefore, should be taken lightly. No political correctness here! Its like Woodstock lasting for 25 years. I, a hopeless romantic, give this movie a 10. The impact on the five old comrads of hearing the replay of the championship game's last seven seconds is both corny and dramatic. In today's eye for an eye, cut-throat world it is doubtful if these guys would have ever remained lifelong friends.


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