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 <>

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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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Debut of Wesley Snipes. 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 »


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Ben Edwards: Right.
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Decent Comedy
18 January 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Wildcats (1986)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Goldie Hawn plays a woman's track coach whose dream in life is to coach a football team. When her high school passes over her for being a woman, she gets a job at another school but the bad news is that it's in the ghetto and none of the players respect her. The toughest part is going to be breaking through to the players and then getting them to play her way. This film seems to have been a hit when released but it doesn't hold up overly well today. I think the biggest problem is the screenplay that at times seems to forget we're watching a comedy because it dives into a subplot with Hawn's ex-husband and this eats up so much of the running time that the film loses focus on trying to make us laughs. What laughs the film does try to get comes from various toilet humor, which includes one player who likes to fart and another (Wesley Snipes) who just wants to have a piece of Hawn. The screenplay is also quite predictable as everything we see here was borrowed from previous sport films and you just know Hawn is going to get a chance at revenge in the final game in the film. What does work with the movie are the performances with Hawn giving it her all as her energy level is certainly on high and one can't help but smile seeing her going up against this opposite crowd. The supporting cast is also pretty good as we get early performances by Snipes and Woody Harrelson as well as nice work from Nipsey Russell, James Keach, Bruce McGill and Ann Doran in what would turn out to be her final film role (she started way back in 1922). There's no question that this movie is mildly entertaining from start to finish but at the same time I couldn't help but be somewhat disappointed because we weren't given more laughs as the side story was just too much and kept going on and on. Even the surprising nude scene by Hawn seemed out of place as did quite a bit here. Still, the attractive cast makes this one worth at least a rental.

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