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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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First and Goal  »

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$26,285,544 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Woody Harrelson. See more »

Goofs

The writing on the chalkboard behind Molly changes as she is giving her halftime speech during the Prescott game. See more »

Quotes

Dan Darwell: Get out of my face you fat fuck!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

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Don't Wanna Be Normal
Performed by Randy Crawford
Written by Patrick Leonard, Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard, David Pack and Michael McDonald
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Funny And Winning
5 October 2000 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

It may not score many points for originality, but this comedy is still tremendously entertaining and one of my personal favorites from the 1980s. Plenty of memorably funny moments, some great one-liners and excellent performances by the entire cast, with Goldie doing a stand-out job and Nipsey Russell making the most of his relatively small role as the beleaguered high school principal who desperately wants gridiron glory for his school's team. Veteran director Michael Ritchie definitely knows how to perk up a formula story and make it seem lively and new again, even if we DO see the feel-good finale coming a mile away.

Stay tuned through the end credits for a funny rap song performed by Goldie and her team.


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