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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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Verna McGrath
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Alice Needham
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Marian Needham
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Frank Needham
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Stephanie Needham
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Dan Darwell
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Ben Edwards
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Levander 'Bird' Williams (as Mykel T. Williamson)
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Cerulo (as Nick Corri)
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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 <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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$5,472,905 (USA) (17 February 1986)

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$26,285,544 (USA)
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Second of three consecutive pictures with one-word titles for actress Goldie Hawn. The others were Protocol (1984) and Overboard (1987). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Verna McGrath: Just remember; you can't win a pissing contest with a prick.
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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

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Show Me How It Works
Performed by Mavis Staples
Written by Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard and David Pack
Courtesy of Private I/CBS Records
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Football yuks with jockstrap jokes...
6 April 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Goldie Hawn is her usual fizzy, feisty self playing a football-crazy coach trying to whip a high school team into shape. The young men are made up of delinquents and goof-offs, but can Goldie work her magic on them before the big game? "The Bad News Bears"'s Michael Ritchie directed, and it's the kind of comedy knock-off you'd expect from any Hollywood hack but Ritchie (hopefully he was well paid). Supporting cast is unusually good, with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in early roles, Swoosie Kurtz doing her likable sisterly bit, Nipsey Russell nicely low-keyed as a school official, Jan Hooks wonderful as the new woman in Hawn's ex-husband's life, and handsome Bruce McGill as the enemy coach (although he gets the worst scenes, particularly at end when he's forced to shout "Search his jock!" and then roll around in the mud). Hawn herself has an embarrassing moment nude in the bathtub, and the sub-plot with her boring ex is just time wasted on the clock, but her forthright comic performance just about saves "Wildcats" from the cookie-cutter bargain-bin. ** from ****


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