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(1994)

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Devon Sawa was 15 during filming and much taller than his ten-year-old castmates, so he can be seen wearing only socks in some scenes.
This movie was inspired by an early 1990s McDonald's ad about Pee-Wee Football that ran during the Super Bowl. The day after it aired, Steven Spielberg liked it so much that he called up the ad's creator, James Ferguson, and hired him to write the script.
John Madden travels around to various football venues, as he does in the movie, on a bus because he dislikes flying.
There were plans to do a sequel which never materialized.
The game-winning play at the end of the movie inspired Michigan State Spartans coach Mark Dantonio to make a similar one, faking a field goal for a touchdown in their September 18, 2010, match against Notre Dame, bringing them a 31-34 victory rather than a 31-31 tie that would have brought the game into a second overtime. After the game, Dantonio said, "By the way, the name of that play is 'Little Giants'." It happened again on December 18, 2011, when the Carolina Panthers called the play and fullback 'Richie Brockel' scored on a seven-yard run. The Panthers won 28-13. Ironically, the play itself would later be banned in Pee-Wee and Pop Warner football, though not at higher levels.
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Gary Busey and Randy Quaid were originally cast as the leads.
Ten years after the film's release, the New York Giants introduced a red alternate jersey.
Duwayne Dunham was removed as director after shooting more than two-thirds of the film. He fell behind during the football game sequences. Brian Levant was brought in for the last few weeks to finish the football sequences, using Rexford L. Metz as his cinematographer. Dunham was retained to supervise the editing at the same time, however, which he saw through to completion.
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The jersey numbers Becky (#56) and Junior (#11) wear are those of former Giants greats Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms respectively while Briggs (#8), Patterson (#22) and Murphy (#48) are those of former Cowboys greats Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Daryl Johnston, respectively.
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Sam Horrigan (Spike) replaced Jon Paul Steuer (Johnny) in the role of Quentin on the sitcom Grace Under Fire (1993).
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Kevin O'Shea is loosely based on writer Jim Ferguson's high school football coach Ed Pettitt, who had a contract with the Dallas Cowboys before a career-ending knee injury.
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Shortly after this movie was released, the real-life New York Giants (whom the Little Giants were named after) introduced a solid-red alternate jersey similar to the ones their pee-wee namesakes wore.
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The diner is named the Coffee Cup Café after the real Koffee Kup Kafe in Hico, TX, where writer Jim Ferguson grew up.
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The uniforms worn by the Cowboys in the film were the same ones worn by the real life Dallas Cowboys during the 1994 season as part of the NFL's 75th anniversary.
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Final film of Myron Healey.
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