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The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)

G  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport
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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
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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 story behind the life of one of the greatest basketball players of all time. See more »

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El mago de la N.B.A.  »

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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 »

Quotes

Press Maravich: You know I was watching Geochie last night and it struck me that a good basketball player can make up for a lot if he has hands as fast as a gunfighter.
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Soundtracks

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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Especially good for basketball players
4 February 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

If you can find it, this movie is worth watching. It features superb acting and relatively good sports footage. But the most attractive thing about this movie is its family orientation. There is virtually nothing objectional in the movie, yet it doesn't suffer from a Disney-ish G-rated feeling. It seems like real life in a loving family environment. Of special note is the delicately handled relationship between Pete and his father.

Overall, this is a magnificent sports movie and a great any-movie. Worth renting or buying if the opportunity presents itself.


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