Deadly Nightmares: Season 5, Episode 17

Coach (30 Sep. 1989)
"The Hitchhiker" Coach (original title)

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Tough, fierce, and intimidating high school track coach Billy Bolt zealously clings to his track record that's remained unbeaten for twenty-five years. When his runner son Kenny threatens ... See full summary »

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Tough, fierce, and intimidating high school track coach Billy Bolt zealously clings to his track record that's remained unbeaten for twenty-five years. When his runner son Kenny threatens to break his legendary mark, Bolt buckles under the pressure and risks having his heretofore spotless reputation ruined. Written by Woodyanders

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Charles Haid excels in this worthy episode
18 November 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Tough, fierce, and intimidating high school track coach Billy Bolt (superbly played with fire-breathing ferocity by Charles Haid; Renko on "Hill Street Blues") zealously clings to his track record that remains unbeaten for twenty-five years. When his estranged runner son Kenny (a solid and engaging performance by Jonathan Crombie) threatens to break his legendary mark, Bolt buckles under the pressure and risks having his heretofore spotless reputation ruined. Director Eric Till and writer Ben Taylor skillfully craft a tight and compelling cautionary yarn about the intrinsic cruelty of the savage win at any cost competitive macho male mentality and the dangers of building your whole life around a single shining moment of glory from your past. Moreover, Till and Taylor neatly mix a mild supernatural element into the central narrative. Haid's powerful and aggressive acting really holds the episode together; he comes on like a truly redoubtable force of angry nature which in turn makes Bolt's inevitable humiliation a pleasure to behold. The pretty Nadia Capone likewise does well as Kenny's sweet and supportive new girlfriend Chloe. Both Glen MacPherson's polished cinematography and the spare shivery score by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban are up to par. A sound and engrossing show.


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