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7 January 1994 (USA) See more »
Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Gitonga Maina makes this movie worth watching See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Bacon ... Jimmy Dolan

Charles Gitonga Maina ... Saleh
Yolanda Vazquez ... Sister Susan
Winston Ntshona ... Urudu
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ... Nyaga
Sean McCann ... Ray Fox

Dennis Patrick ... Father O'Hara
Ilo Mutombo ... Mifundo

Nigel Miguel ... Halawi

Eric Menyuk ... Mark Collins
Keith Gibbs ... Buddy Wilson
Miriam Owiti ... Beisa
Douglas Leboyare ... Ikedo
Francis Mutei ... St. George
Gibson Gathu Mbugua ... Harimbo
Vusi Kunene ... Ntzuko
Connie Chiume ... Mrs. Urudu
John Matshikiza ... Mingori Mining Company Clerk
Ken Gampu ... Itumbo
Fanyana H. Sidumo ... Lilo
Peter Khubeke ... Mimo
Salathial Maake ... Dahwi
Jomo Lewarani ... The Bodyguard
John Lesley ... Banquet Emcee
Wendell Brereton ... St. Joseph's Player #1
Falconer Abraham ... St. Joseph's Player #2
Dennis Orina ... Ruwala
Danstan Ojoo ... Sololo
Peter Kigadi ... Opozo 1
Benson Rateng ... Opozo 2
Bright Tjatji ... Winabi Boy
Ramalao Makhene ... Pawn Broker (as Ramolao Makhene)
George Owino Odhiambo ... Mingori Team
Robert Otienio Omole ... Mingori Team
Fredrick Omondi Okumu ... Mingori Team
Benjamin Iraya ... Mingori Team
Daniel Otieno Oketch ... Mingori Team
Stanley Murandah ... Mingori Team
Morris Aluanga ... Mingori Team
Zolile Mtimkulu ... Mingori Team
Solomon Mashiane ... Mingori Team
Jackson P. Mkwanazi ... Mingori Team
Frans Matome Matioga ... Referee
Lincoln M. Letsoalo ... Referee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carrie Beale ... Basketball Game Fan (uncredited)
Regis Lemke ... Basketball Game Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Michael Glaser  (as Paul M. Glaser)
Writing credits
Max Apple (written by)

Produced by
Lynn Abdi .... secretary of production
Robert W. Cort .... producer
Ted Field .... producer
Conrad Hool .... co-producer
Lance Hool .... executive producer
Scott Kroopf .... executive producer
Ian Ross .... line producer
Rosalie Swedlin .... producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope 
Film Editing by
Tom McMurtry 
Michael E. Polakow 
Casting by
Don Finn 
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Roger Hall 
Brent Thomas 
Art Direction by
Alicia Keywan 
Leith Ridley 
Set Decoration by
Karen Brookes  (as Karen Mary Brookes)
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
Makeup Department
Dee Eybers .... hair stylist
Gabriella Molnar .... makeup artist
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... hair department head
Kathleen Weir .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael L. Games .... production manager
Rebecca Hilliard .... post-production supervisor
Conrad Hool .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bonnie Benwick .... third assistant director: second unit
Tom Quinn .... second assistant director
Martin Walters .... first assistant director
Art Department
Roger Baron .... set decoration buyer
Shane Bunce .... set dresser (as Shane Brunce)
Roland Hunter .... scenic artist
Teri-Lin Robertson .... art department coordinator
Emilia Roux .... set dresser
Joel Van Bavel .... construction coordinator
David Wynne-Roberts .... scenic painter
Rae Wynne-Roberts .... head scenic (as Rae Wynna-Roberts)
Sound Department
Anna Behlmer .... re-recording mixer
Lon Bender .... additional sound (as Lon E. Bender)
Barney Cabral .... sound editor
Christian T. Cooke .... adr mixer
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound designer
David Gertz .... foley mixer
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor (as Randy Kelly)
David Lee .... sound mixer
Joseph A. Mayer .... supervising adr editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound effects editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
Jay B. Richardson .... sound effects editor
Mark Smith .... re-recording mixer
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Kim Waugh .... additional sound
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
Linda Yeaney .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Kevin J. Andruschak .... special effects assistant
Jason Board .... effects key
Bob Hall .... special effects key
Martin Malivoire .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Robertson .... special effects technician: effects standby
Dean Stewart .... special effects technician
Craig Ginsberg .... stunt coordinator
Craig Ginsberg .... stunt double: Kevin Bacon
Marcel Guiguet .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Thuli Mabaso .... stunts
Harry Mamabolo .... stunts
Isaac Mavimbela .... stunts
Bismilla Mdaka .... stunts
Eury Mlimi .... stunts
Reginald Mompati .... stunts
Ben Montsho .... stunts
Petros Muchabala .... stunts
Philip Notununu .... stunts (as Phillip S.J. Notununu)
Pascaline Phale .... stunts
Graham Press .... stunts
Mancel Septic .... stunts
Wayne Smith .... stunts
Tyrone Stevenson .... stunts (as Tyron Stevenson)
Neville Strydom .... stunts
Clifford Terera .... stunts
Johannes Thejane .... stunts (as Johannes Moleko Thejane)
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Bannister .... still photographer
David Crone .... Steadicam operator
David Crone .... camera operator
Harmon Cusack .... camera operator: second unit
Mike Harwood .... electrician
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Richard Latham .... focus puller
Anthony Smythe .... assistant camera
Chris Squires .... Steadicam operator
Chris Squires .... camera operator
Dean Stinchcombe .... second assistant camera
Clint Stone .... lighting technician
Gary Turnbull .... focus puller
Pat Williams .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolyn Marston .... set costumer
Sheila E. Pruden .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Ian Crafford .... additional editor
David Orr .... color timer
Jonny Winograd .... assistant editor
William Parnell .... dailies editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Robin Hollister .... location manager
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Barklie K. Griggs .... music supervisor
Richard Henderson .... music coordinator
Alexander Janko .... auricle programmer
David Newman .... orchestrator
Lise Richardson .... music editor
J. Peter Robinson .... composer: additional music
Sharon Smith .... assistant music editor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Paul Wertheimer .... score recordist
Katherine Quittner .... music editor: temp score (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dave Marwick .... production driver
Other crew
Michael Cartwright .... climber
Christopher Comrie .... assistant accountant
Mick Dalrymple .... production coordinator
Migel Dunkley .... climber
Paul Evry .... climber
Christopher Hool .... production coordinator
Michael Kuhn .... big cheese
James LaBrie .... basketball double: Kevin Bacon
Don Levy .... unit publicist
John Mavrogeorge .... production assistant
Bob McAdoo .... basketball technical advisor
Veronica Miller .... first assistant accountant
Stuart Wentzel .... armourer
Mimi Wolch .... script supervisor
Malcolm Ritchie .... thanks

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Rated PG for some violence and language
107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | South Korea:All | Spain:T | UK:PG | USA:PG (Certificate #32691)
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Did You Know?

Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon) states the mythical St. Joseph's University won the 1981 National Championship. Indiana University won the 1981 National Championship led by Isiah Thomas. Both Indiana University and Isiah Thomas get a reference later in the movie.See more »
Errors in geography: Mifundo (Ilo Mutombo) speaks Lingala and not Swahili, the local language in Kenya and spoken by all the other African characters speak Swahili. Lingaga is the language of western DRCongo, and would never be spoken in Kenya.See more »
[Sister Susan kisses Jimmy after his team wins]
Jimmy Dolan:Sister! You're allowed to kiss?
Sister Susan:[smiling] Only if I really mean it!
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Movie Connections:
References JFK (1991)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Charles Gitonga Maina makes this movie worth watching, 3 October 2004
Author: 786isa from Muladda, Oman

What makes this movie above all is the delightful acting of the Africans, especially Mr. Charles Gitongo Maina. I read that he went on actually to play basketball at a US college, but his acting in this film was what made it believable. Kevin Bacon was fun to watch playing at a typecast basketball coach, although his physical presence belied the role. Without the physical presence of Maina, this film would have fallen apart, but his warmth and verisimilitude as an teenager torn between sworn duty and aspiration made this viewer a believer. Suspension of disbelief is a basic prerequisite to the enjoyment of this kind of moral tale, and Charles Gitonga Maina made it seem real. The film uses cliché throughout, but it is the acting of all the cast of characters which brings this small film alive. It is a film of bits and pieces but well acted bits make them endearing. It is not a great work of art, but it is filled with a genuineness which transcends itself, including some truly beautiful scenes and scenery and music. The style, grace and dignity of the African actors make the whole film a delight to watch. Speaking of its bits and pieces, the one truly discordant note in the whole story was the misuse of the quotes from Quran which really had no point or place or meaning in the story. It just perplexed me. It sticks out with a pointlessness in an otherwise heart warming story. The "Bismillah" was beautiful but out of another time and culture and milieu, and still leaves me wondering (?)

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