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14 January 1983 (USA) See more »
It started as a friendly meeting between 4 old buddies with their basketball coach and ended up in revealing the truth about their relationship... See more » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Jason Miller 
Writing credits
Jason Miller (play)

Produced by
Yoram Globus .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
Production Design by
Ward Preston 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
Costume Design by
Ron Talsky 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Engelman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Yarek Alfer .... sculptor
Sound Department
Sandy Berman .... supervising sound editor
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Brown .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jim Duggan .... company grip
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Al LaVerde .... key grip
Clay H. Wilson .... grip
Lou Barlia .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lorenzo DeStefano .... assistant editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
James D. Young .... music editor
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jim Gerwig .... caterer
Melody Greene .... script supervisor
Kathryn Loraine Hibbs .... assistant accountant

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110 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #26887)
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The year that the Scranton High School basketball team won the state basketball championship was 1957.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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The very definition of the term "little gem"!, 9 March 2004
Author: John Hicks (Rebelcowboy) from Cheltenham, England

I won't carry on forever but I should say that this film is something of a well-kept secret it seems. One thing about "little gems" like this one is that if you hype them too much they become something else. If you see this movie with expectations too high then you might be disappointed, if on the other hand you watch it expecting to see one of the best low key character dramas you've probably seen in a while then you'll feel rewarded. Ultimately this is a film driven by SIX great performances (that's one for every member of the ensemble and another by the director/writer Jason Miller). What is there to say, they were all flawless and not once did the writing sink into cliché or formula. For once it was just great to watch a movie where, personally, every time I thought I knew what would happen, my expectations were defied. I'm not talking about any, now all too popular; so-called clever twists but just subtle turns in unexpected directions. In other words this is truthful cinema at its best, unexpected in the way life often really is.

To say that 'That Championship Season' is simply an allegory for faith in God is far too reductionist when discussing a film that has this much to say. Of course the film could be read this way but I feel religious or political undertones are the in-essentials of this story. What is essential is the recognition of a little of ourselves in these characters that have been drawn so well, bitterness, regret, self-pity, greed, lust, bigotry but also love, sacrifice, forgiveness are all here in all characters and in more or less equal measure and depending on your point of view they have nothing to do with religion. In short no one in this movie seems constructed, they simply live and breath the way we all try to, the lesson if any is simply to admit to some or all of those qualities in ourselves and to try and live a little better.

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