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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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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Phillip Finch
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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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The football song Wildcats team performs at the end of the movie when the credits are rolled is a parody of the 1985 Chicago Bears' video of "The Super Bowl Shuffle," the year the Bears won the Super Bowl. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Peanut: [as the gargantuan Finch tries to fit into a uniform] Man, how'd your folks let you get like this?
Krushinski: Are you kidding? He probably ate his folks!
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Hard To Say
Performed by James Ingram
Written by Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard and David Pack
Courtesy of Qwest Records
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before there were The Replacements, there were the Wildcats
1 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my 80's sport's comedy ever. Goldie Hawn is at her best as Molly McGrath, a woman who feels that she can coach a winning football team. But feels she is taken seriously because she is a woman. Molly has other problems, she is divorced with two daughters, and has a nagging ex husband. And her job has a track coach is wearing thin. But with luck she finally gets the chance to coach a football team. When she finally gets there, she soon realizes that many other people would not dare coach there, and the team is a bunch of goof balls who don't seem to respect her and care about winning any more. Can Molly earn their respect, and show them they can be winners? I've always been a football fan, but this movie was great with Goldie Hawn starring in it.


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