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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Cast

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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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Cliché everywhere... and with technical mistakes too...
23 April 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Well, the film was relaxing to watch of course but in the end the viewer is bound to get tired of all the clichés in the story. All the characters, the words they speak and the things they do are utterly predictable and unimaginative. The screenplay is poorly written and the acting is not upto the mark either.

But the most irritating thing is perhaps the technical mistakes about the game of tennis. In this film the umpires call out "double fault", serves are called out by umpires, not linespeople, the deciding last set is played with tie-breakers etc. Why should a film about tennis contain such errors about the game? At least show the facts right!


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