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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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(as Frank C. Schröder)

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(book), (story)
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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
John Lewis ...
Reporter
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Clemson College basketball player
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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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The basketball goal used by Pete (Adam Guier) is hanging inside the historic Ponchatoula Country Market in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, where the movie was filmed. The market is located inside a historic train depot built in the 19th century. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Pete Maravich: [Giving his report on his dream to the class] My dream is to get a college scholarship to play basketball.
[Class laughs]
Pete Maravich: And I'm gonna be the man to make a million dollars playing pro basketball.
[Class laughs agian]
Pete Maravich: Also I wanna play on a championship team and get a big ring that says I was one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
[Class laughs again and he hands it to the teacher]
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You Are My Destiny
Performed by Carl Shillo
Written by Carl Shillo and Brian MacDonald
Published by Uncle Josh's Song Emporium, Inc.
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He had a heart for the game
20 August 2002 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

The one-line summary above is not meant as a pun (he died of a heart condition), but is a true assessment of Pete's feeling for the game. This is a must-see movie for anyone who was a fan of basketball in the 70's. For anyone who wants to be inspired to use their god-given talents to the fullest - then, again, this is a must see movie.


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