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Wildcats (1986)

A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.

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Verna McGrath
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Alice Needham
Brandy Gold ...
Marian Needham
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Frank Needham
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Stephanie Needham
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Dan Darwell
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Ben Edwards
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Levander 'Bird' Williams (as Mykel T. Williamson)
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Phillip Finch
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Cerulo (as Nick Corri)
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Willie J. Walton ...
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Rodney Hill ...
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Storyline

Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When the football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite expecting sniggers from fellow staff members and her former husband. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Her dream was to coach high school football. Her nightmare was Central High.

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14 February 1986 (USA)  »

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First and Goal  »

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$26,285,544 (USA)
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Trivia

LL Cool J makes a quick cameo in film. Look for him in the gym on stage when Alice drinks the spiked punch. See more »

Goofs

When coach McGrath is taking the Jackson High School mascot, a goat, back to Jackson High School, although she is alone in the van, you clearly see a hand holding onto the goat's leg so he doesn't move around. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Ben Edwards: Right.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Show Me How It Works
Performed by Mavis Staples
Written by Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard and David Pack
Courtesy of Private I/CBS Records
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before there were The Replacements, there were the Wildcats
1 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my 80's sport's comedy ever. Goldie Hawn is at her best as Molly McGrath, a woman who feels that she can coach a winning football team. But feels she is taken seriously because she is a woman. Molly has other problems, she is divorced with two daughters, and has a nagging ex husband. And her job has a track coach is wearing thin. But with luck she finally gets the chance to coach a football team. When she finally gets there, she soon realizes that many other people would not dare coach there, and the team is a bunch of goof balls who don't seem to respect her and care about winning any more. Can Molly earn their respect, and show them they can be winners? I've always been a football fan, but this movie was great with Goldie Hawn starring in it.


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