Wildcats (1986)

R  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  14 February 1986 (USA)
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Molly McGrath's dream is to coach high school football, and when her dream is realized in the form of a tough inner city team, she has a harder time than she expected trying to whip them into shape.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Verna McGrath
Alice Needham
Brandy Gold ...
Marian Needham
Frank Needham
Stephanie Needham
Dan Darwell
Ben Edwards
Levander 'Bird' Williams (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Tab Thacker ...
Phillip Finch
Cerulo (as Nick Corri)
Willie J. Walton ...
Rodney Hill ...


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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Stadium scenes were filmed at Lane Technical High School's athletic field in Chicago, Illinois. See more »


The writing on the chalkboard behind Molly changes as she is giving her halftime speech during the Prescott game. See more »


Molly McGrath: [after she runs the team into the ground, throws the broken watch on the ground] You owe me a new stop watch... you PUSSIES!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) See more »


Good Hands
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Written by Hawk Wolinski and James Newton Howard
Produced by Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard and The Isley Brothers
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When they were young
25 October 2001 | by (The Hague, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is a great little (even, gosh, subtle) football comedy about grabbing life with both hands, featuring Goldie Hawn as a woman coach who wants to make a splash as a high school football coach. One of the joys of watching these movies is the retro experience of 80s 'big hair' hairdos and fashions, and seeing now famous actors. There's Wesley Snipes (as the ladies man with an eye for the 'older woman', Woody Harrelson, a thin LL Cool J, Mikelti Williamson (The Night Hawk), and Stan Foster (Tour Of Duty). And in fact, some of the jokes actually work (Hawn: "we're going beat those Cougars and spit them out like so many furballs". Snipes: "Let's eat some pussy".) Fun for all.

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