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The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)

G | | Biography, Drama, Sport
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
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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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A package of Marlboro "Light" cigarettes is clearly visible in the pocket of young Pete's father. That product would not be introduced for years. See more »

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Press Maravich: [to his players at practice] I am not spending valuable hours of my life just to teach you boys to throw a ball through an iron hoop. This is a way of life, I want players to think. Work, sweat, challenge themselves, discipline themselves, because anything else you boys it just isn't worth it, to anyone. The problem with you boys is simple. You're all a bunch of dummies 'cause you think you know it all. Give me the ball.
[He draws a small circle on the ball]
Press Maravich: You see this circle? The size of this ...
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Rise On My Own
Written by John Gregory and Brad Hanratty
Performed by Mirage
Produced by Rick Jarrard
Published by Uncle Josh's Song Emporium, Inc.
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Deserves more recognition
22 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Great film, and Adam Guier really acted well, showing the great determination of Pete, along with the talent of the writers and directors, who really made you feel like you were part of Pete's story. It is not a well known film, but this does not mean it is bad, or obscure or anything like that. It really inspires me and it can be easily watched over and over again. I will never get tired of this film.

It is a fantastic piece of cinema that I think deserves more recognition than it gets. I would recommend it to anyone, even non-basketball fans. If you ever get a chance to see, rent or buy this film, don't pass it up, I promise you, you will not regret it.


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