Hadley's Rebellion (1987)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  24 September 1987 (USA)
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A small town lad's passion for authentic wrestling is not matched by those around him at a California prep school.



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Credited cast:
Hadley Hickman
Coach Ball
Sam Crawford
Bobo McKenzie
Lisa Lucas ...
Linda Johnson
Eric Boles ...
Mr. Stevens
Dennis Hauge ...
Joe Foster
Israel Juarbe ...
Manuel Hernandez
Rick Stanton
Bobby Clark
Dean R. Miller ...
Tim Montgomery ...
Spencer Hardaway
Ruth Phillips ...
Bart Williams ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank DiElsi ...
Dorm Boy


Sent to an all-boys prep school in California, Hadley Americas Hickman (a championship level wrestler form Georgia) finds little in common with those around him. Classmates, calling his "Hick" (as both an abbreviation and a derogatory slur), don't even remotely share in his passion for wrestling. As Coach Ball and his not-so-renowned squad of grapplers find Hadley's superior antics on the mat (aimed to attract and educate spectators) both embarrassing and demeaning, Hadley discovers Sam Crawford - to Hadley's mind, the greatest wrestler who ever lived (and a personal hero to emulate) - living in the area; but, what should be a lasting bright spot in Hadley's otherwise bleak emotional existence does not last long. With personal safety threatened by classmates, a sudden love interest going just as suddenly sour, rejection from an idol, and a beating by a town thug, Hadley, used and abused and left adrift, embarks on the path to the California wrestling championships - with no one quite ... Written by statmanjeff

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Hadley's Rebellion was filmed almost totally at the Webb Schools of California in Claremont. The scene of the English class in which Hadley (Griffin O'Neal) falls asleep, was a real classroom featuring Webb Schools' music teacher, Chris Trussell as the teacher. See more »


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A teenage wrestler struggles with growing up.
26 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This was a pretty good statement of teenage angst. A young and talented wrestler struggles with growing up and what's right. The teenage years are told through the medium of wrestling, a sport that is largely unrecognized and under-appreciated, according to this film. A few elements of the plot are typically hollywood (the washed up mentor who could have been a contender), but the performances are just strong enough to take you back to your own high school years and revisit all that was right, or wrong, with them.

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