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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:
Helen Maravich
Nick Benedict ...
Press Maravich
Adam Guier ...
Pete Maravich
Murrell Garland ...
Coach Pendleton
Pete as adult
Buddy Petrie ...
Buddy Pendleton
Carl Connfield
Wendy Leblanc ...
John Richardson ...
Rodney Stone
Eddie Hailey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melinda Walsh ...


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 »


Coach Pendleton: Walker how old are you?
Walker: 18.
Coach Pendleton: You wanna live to be 19?
Walker: Yeah.
Coach Pendleton: THEN DO WHAT I TELL YOU.
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Never Say Goodbye
Written by John Gregory and Rick Holton
Performed by Mirage
Produced by Rick Jarrard
Published by Uncle Josh's Song Emporium, Inc.
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An Early Look At 'Pistol Pete'
5 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is about as clean a story as you could find: a nice story about the famous basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich in his earlier days. An incredible talent, Maravich went on to star at LSU and then in the professional NBA.

This particular story centers around young Maravich as an eighth-grader playing basketball for his high school team. The first half of the film was fascinating as actor Adam Guier was very credible exhibiting Maravich's tremendous ball-handling skills for a kid his age. There also is some nice photography in here.

The second half of the movie became a little too Hollywood-cliché ridden. I wish they had gone into Pete's college and pro career and ended with his conversion to Christianity before his untimely death. It could have been a very powerful movie instead of just a nice after-school-type TV film. (Just reading another review here, I am glad to learn some of that material is included in the DVD. My only look at this was on tape about a dozen years ago.)

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