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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandy Gold ...
Marian Needham
Stephanie Needham
Levander 'Bird' Williams (as Mykel T. Williamson)
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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Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

First and Goal  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,472,905, 17 February 1986

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1.85 : 1
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The filming for the movie was done during the summer. Extras were asked to show up in winter gear and act like it was cold out. The temperature was in the 80s the day of filming. See more »


Krushinski is just demoted from starting quarterback. He mentions to Molly that he makes a great slot back. The next scene is of a slot back making a great run, only the slot back is black. He gets tackled and when he gets up you see a very white Krushinski with the ball. 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: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »


Stormy Monday
Performed by T-Bone Walker
Written by T-Bone Walker (as Aaron T. Walker)
Courtesy of Gregmark Records
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Funny movie, worth watching. Better than most out there.
22 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this on television once sometime on the late 1980s (I don't think the movie had been in theaters more than two or three years before). I liked it but haven't thought anything about it since. WILDCATS came on television this morning, and I started watching it to kill time before getting hooked on the goofy but likeable story. It is really a funny, cute movie.

First, let me say I am not a fan of football movies; however, I have enjoyed movies such as THE LONGEST YARD, NORTH DALLAS FORTY and AGAINST ALL ODDS (to name a few) where an interesting story and characters add life to an otherwise "sports film." Yes the football scenes are fun to watch, but what makes the movie truly watchable is the feeling Goldie adds to her character (like in PRIVATE BENJAMIN) plus the developing struggle between her ex-husband concerning her new career and raising of her children. Its predictable in many ways, but hey, it was nice to watch a movie that made me feel happy for a change (rather than depressed or confused as so many contemporary movies seem to do).

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