A depressed and destitute Nick Irons, a tennis pro banned from the tour for slugging a player during a TV match, agrees to coach a bookie's "head case" son, Joel, who wants to turn pro. The... See full summary »

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Nick Irons
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Jennifer Hudson
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Gil Robbins
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Delores Smith
Ben Monk ...
Joel Robbins (as Ben Jorgensen)
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Candy
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Dale Farley
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Bill Cowens
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John E. Schneider ...
Brock Haynie
Justin Page Buck ...
Blaylock
Roberto Bracone ...
Tito
Todd Rudland ...
Jimmy
Eric Hochman ...
Jai
Steve Zurk ...
Mel
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A depressed and destitute Nick Irons, a tennis pro banned from the tour for slugging a player during a TV match, agrees to coach a bookie's "head case" son, Joel, who wants to turn pro. The bookie wants his son to get out of tennis and contracts Nick to discourage him. Nick begins to do that but after an episode with his old flame, Jennifer, and after seeing the kid's determination he decides to teach him all the tricks, both physical and psychological, of the trade. The two battle the kids of a famous coach, unfair refs., injuries, travel all over the southern US, while Nick tries to woo his love back, finally to reach the big championship tennis match where all is resolved in dramatic fashion. Written by <rmaisiak@uab.edu>

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Has he got what it takes to be a champion?

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Rated PG-13 for some racy sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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1 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Gioco, partita, incontro  »

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A great pity.
10 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Vincent Van Patten was one of the most gifted tennis players I have seen in 40 years watching the sport. His part time (yes part time) tennis career included a tournament win, early 20s in the world ranking and two or three important doubles titles with very limited professional tennis tuition. He even beat McEnroe once, was a consummate athlete and had remarkably quick hands at the net. He should have applied his quick hands to the script and some of the amateurish tennis involved in this considerably disappointing film.

Its a hotchpotch of what I assume he wanted to film and what movie conventions made him film. This was an opportunity for the average film viewer to understand the personal physical and mental pressures associated with being a day in day out quality performer in an individual's game. The film abdicates any educational purpose and hails convention and even the tennis filming is not up to much.


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