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The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member, (He can kick 100 yard field goals!) they start winning, and move... See full summary »

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Vincent McEveety

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Hank Cooper
Don Knotts ... Coach Venner
Gary Grimes ... Andy Petrovic
Tim Conway ... Crankcase
Louise Williams ... Debbie Kovac (as Liberty Williams)
Dick Van Patten ... Cal Wilson
Ronnie Schell ... Joe Barnsdale
Bob Crane ... Pepper
Johnny Unitas Johnny Unitas ... Himself
Dick Butkus ... Rob Cargil
Harold Gould ... Charles Gwynn
Tom Bosley ... Spinner
Titos Vandis ... Papa Petrovic
Hanna Hertelendy Hanna Hertelendy ... Mama Petrovic
Liam Dunn ... Dr. Morgan
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Storyline

The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member, (He can kick 100 yard field goals!) they start winning, and move up in the rankings, Hurrah! The competition isn't so happy. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Gus leads the league in laughter See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gus - kaikkien aikojen aasinpotku See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,873,000, 31 December 1976
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Casting Dick Van Patten playing a tough guy gambler/bookie surely drew laughs around Hollywood at the time. While Patten is known as a nice guy off screen and on screen, which is casting against type, off screen he's also known as a serious, hardcore gambler who introduced his sons to gambling while in their teens. Vincent Van Patten, in fact, is a serious poker player and has played in and given television commentary on poker tournaments. See more »

Goofs

At about 56:25, there is one frame of black screen in-between Gary Grimes tying the blankets and Tim Conway waiting outside the hospital room. See more »

Quotes

Andy Petrovic: Ready Gus. Oich!
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The original sport-playing animal flick.....
25 August 2006 | by sethn172See all my reviews

Disney, as well as the movie business, was on a mission; a boy with a gu...an idea. (LOL) An idea so grand, so original, this began a new family sub-genre: that of the sport-playing animal movie. And it happened one time in 1976, with the live action film "Gus," about a donkey mascot who played football!!!!!

I've never seen this movie, though I have seen a part of it on one of the "Air Bud" movies, and I have heard about how great this film was, which convinced me to come here and talk about this film! After Gus, we would see similar movies: "Air Bud," who not only excelled at basketball, but football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, and I think there's going to be "Air Buddies" coming soon, and "M.V.P.," which had a chimp who was pro at hockey and extreme skateboarding. Most of these are Canadian, who might have liked this movie so much that a sports-playing dog and chimp have come into business!!!!!

"Gus" is a great film that brought the animal movies to the max!!!!!

10/10


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