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Wildcats (1986)

R  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  14 February 1986 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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)
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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 <>

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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 »


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 »


Dan Darwell: Get out of my face you fat fuck!
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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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