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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$26,285,544 (USA)

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LL Cool J's song "Football Rap," which appears during the opening credits, did not appear on the film's soundtrack album, nor was it ever commercially released. See more »


When Finch threw Coach Darwell in the mud at the end of the championship game, the coach lands on his back and then rolls around, but his face and the front of his jacket are already covered in mud before he rolls over. See more »


Marvel: Fuck you!
Molly McGrath: Fuck you what?
Marvel: Fuck you... Coach McGrath.
Molly McGrath: Better.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »


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Performed by James Ingram
Written by Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard and David Pack
Courtesy of Qwest Records
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One of the better sports comedies from the 1980's...
4 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WILDCATS was a funny and entertaining comedy with Goldie Hawn at the top of her form as a high school track coach, who wants more than anything to coach football (her late father was a football coach). She finally gets the opportunity to coach a high school football team at a tough inner city high school where the majority of the students are Africa American or Latino. Of course, Goldie's Molly McGrath meets the obvious resentments from high school boys that you would expect finding out their new coach is a woman, but she does eventually win them over, even at the risk of losing custody of her two daughters to her uptight ex-husband (James Keach). Nothing new or inventive here but Goldie lights up the screen presenting a smart yet flawed character trying to live her dream. Nipsey Russell has one of the best roles of his career as the principal of the school that hires her and there are some very funny moments provided by the members of the team, especially Woody Harrelson, Nick Corri, and in a star-making turn, a very young Wesley Snipes. Bruce McGill scores as a sexist coach from the opposing school, Prescott and Jan Hooks has some cute moments as GOldie's ex-husband's new girlfriend. I love the scene where Goldie outruns the boys on the team and calls them "pussies" and the rap song over the closing credits is hysterically funny. A terrific feel-good comedy starring a great actress at the zenith of her personal charm.

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