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The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)

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Biography of pro basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who died suddenly in 1988 at age 40 from a heart attack.

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Credited cast:
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Helen Maravich
Nick Benedict ...
Press Maravich
Adam Guier ...
Pete Maravich
Murrell Garland ...
Coach Pendleton
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Pete as adult
Buddy Petrie ...
Buddy Pendleton
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Carl Connfield
Wendy Leblanc ...
Sandy
John Richardson ...
Moose
Eddie Hailey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Cardona ...
Postman
Melinda Walsh ...
Rachel
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A story about the great basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich when he was in the eighth grade. He plays on the varsity basketball team at Daniel High School but has some very difficult obstacles standing in his way of playing. The only support he has is from his father, retired basketball pro Press Maravich. Written by Alan Holasek

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The opening shot of the movie shows a shot of downtown Clemson with the subtitle "Clemson 1959," but the marquis of the movie theater says "Splendor in the Grass." The movie wouldn't be released until 1961. See more »

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Press Maravich: Kennedy will build houses on the moon by 1970 and you know why, cause he's got...
Press MaravichHelen Maravich: Confidence.
Helen Maravich: Eat up Press.
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We Are The Dreamers
Written by John Gregory and Brad Hanratty & Rick Zaccaro
Performed by Mirage
Produced by Rick Jarrard
Published by Uncle Josh's Song Emporium, Inc.
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Excellent film for those wanting to know more about Pistol Pete
28 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is one of the few & best movies made to portray any type of sporting legend! The Pistol follows the dreams, struggles & inspirations of a young Pete Maravich growing up to eventually become the master showman and basketball legend we all know him by today. As a kid myself (at the time i first saw this film) living in Australia who loved and played a lot of basketball, i was totally unaware that Pete Maravich even existed. After watching the film with all its captivating drills and challenges between Pete and his father, i was not only glad to have been introduced to Pete's story, but i will never want to forget it. With the films dazzling basketball scenes of a young pistol (played by Adam Guier) out-training and out-performing everyone in the basketball community, this movie carries a simple and memorable message of following ones dreams with the guidance of those closest to you. As a well travelled basketball player in Australia, i was surprised that many of the country's young and elite talents have not heard of Pete Maravich. This is unfortunate, as his real life story portrayed in this film is really inspirational and shows the appreciation Pete played in the history and shaping of todays game - worldwide. Perhaps a little conversation as well as some recommended viewing of the released DVD on my part will hopefully shed some light on the Pistol Pete story! or at least here downunder. I definitely recommend this film to anyone who has an interest in basketball and everyone else due to its family orientation as well. 10 OUT OF 10


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