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That Championship Season -- Four former high school basketball champions and their coach come together annually to celebrate the year they won the Pennsylvania State Basketball Championship. But this year, instead of the usual whimsical nostalgia they usually experience, the former friends and teammates unleash all their secrets on each other so that the foundation of their lives begins to crumble.


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Writers (WGA):
Jason Miller (play)
Jason Miller (teleplay)
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Release Date:
6 June 1999 (USA) See more »
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Vincent D'Onofrio ... Phil Romano

Terry Kinney ... James Daly

Tony Shalhoub ... George Sitkowski

Gary Sinise ... Tom Daley

Paul Sorvino ... Coach

Joe Bays ... Cop

Susan M. Carr ... Helen
Denise Kaye ... Marion

Carol Lawrence ... Claire's Mother

Jerri Manthey ... Claire (as Jerri Lynn London)
Nick Risher ... James, Jr. (as Nicolas Risher)
Jeff Rogers ... Hammond Basketball Player

Bill Sorvino ... Clerk
Frank Lozano ... Game Announcer (as Frank Rodriguez)
Louis L. Weiss ... Old Violin Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Raja Collins ... Basketball player (uncredited)

Gailard Sartain ... High School Principal (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Sorvino 
Writing credits
Jason Miller (play)

Jason Miller (teleplay)

Produced by
Steve Greener .... producer
Jeremiah Samuels .... co-producer
Gary Sinise .... executive producer
Original Music by
Larry Blank 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Film Editing by
Leo Trombetta 
Casting by
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
John DeCuir Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Brill 
Costume Design by
Theadora Van Runkle 
Makeup Department
Emjay Olson .... hair department head
James Ryder .... makeup artist: Vincent D'Onofrio
Production Management
Conrad Hool .... production manager
Mel Swope .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Tom Archuleta .... first assistant director
Kevin Duncan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ron Churchman .... propmaker foreman
Steven E. Eyrse .... head painter
Steven E. Eyrse .... scenic artist
Robert A. Maisto .... construction coordinator (as Bobby Maisto)
Michael Kocurek .... carpenter (uncredited)
Douglas Machala .... set dresser (uncredited)
George Maya .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Cormac Funge .... supervising sound editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Thomas Jones .... adr supervisor
David Kelson .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Michelle Crenshaw .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Anthony M. Gutierrez .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jason Rothkowitz .... second assistant camera
Rick Tucker .... key grip
Sean Higgins .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
David D. Scott .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Suzanne Surtees .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katina Le Kerr .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Fletcher Sheridan .... playback singer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Duke Foster .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lynnet Price .... assistant coordinator
Marty Elfalan .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Peter Friedlander .... assistant: Gary Sinise (uncredited)
Ken Struck .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
David Thornsberry .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong language including some sex-related dialogue
130 min
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The Broadway production of "That Championship Season" by Jason Miller opened at the Booth Theater in New York on 14th September 1972 and ran for 700 performances until 21st April 1974.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
better, 12 April 2004
Author: billsav57 from USA

To someone who was born and/or spent any time in Scranton, Pa., "That Championship Season" is sort of what "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is to someone from Savannah, Ga. -- even though it isn't literally based on fact, as the latter is, it is sort of the "hometown" play, in that we all know characters like those in Jason Miller's play. I don't live in Scranton anymore, but I was there when the 1982 movie was made, and there was an incredible amount of hoopla surrounding it. Again, everybody either was at one of the film sites, or was actually in the film, or knows somebody in it. Some of my relatives actually befriended one of the cast members to the extent that they still keep in touch. The 1982 film's first half-hour or so are eerie to me in that they amazingly captured the look and feel of Scranton at that time, which were depressing, to say the least. A lot has changed -- for the better; it couldn't have gotten much worse -- since that movie was filmed, so they did capture a slice of history. All things considered, though, I give a slight nod to the newer, TV version. Sorvino -- a link to the original Broadway production -- is a little bit below Mitchum as the coach. But the 4 members of the TV cast have it over the 4 in the film. In fact, I thought Sorvino was the only one in the film to nail his part. In the TV version, Gary Sinese blows away Martin Sheen in the part of the drunk, Tom Daley. By the end of the film, Sheen was so obviously acting it was pathetic ... Sinese, who never gives a bad performance, clicked with the role much better and longer, I thought. The rest of the TV cast did a little bit better as an ensemble and with theatrical material than did Dern, Keach, etc. Dern's performance deteriorated as the film went on, too. Shahoub held it together better.

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