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Coach (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Sport | 17 March 1978 (USA)
An Olympic Gold medalist is hired to coach the boys' basketball team. But when Coach Randy Rawlings arrives, the school's sexist principal discovers that he has hired a woman. Blocked from ... See full summary »


Bud Townsend

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Randy Rawlings
Michael Biehn ... Jack Ripley
Keenan Wynn ... Fenton 'F.R.' Granger
Channing Clarkson Channing Clarkson ... Bradley William David Granger
Steve Nevil Steve Nevil ... Ralph
Jack David Walker Jack David Walker ... Ned
Meridith Baer Meridith Baer ... Janet
Myron McGill Myron McGill ... Danny
Robyn Pohle Robyn Pohle ... Candy
Kristine Greco Kristine Greco ... Darlene
Brent Huff ... Keith
Cindy Daly Cindy Daly ... Wanda
Rosanne Katon ... Sue
Lenka Novak ... Marilyn
Otto Felix Otto Felix ... Tom


An Olympic Gold medalist is hired to coach the boys' basketball team. But when Coach Randy Rawlings arrives, the school's sexist principal discovers that he has hired a woman. Blocked from firing her by discrimination laws, he tries to make sure the team loses so he can fire her for poor performance. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Her team's the best. They just don't know it yet See more »


Comedy | Sport


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Release Date:

17 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swinging Coach See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Marimark Productions See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?


Angel Tompkins was originally considered to play the lead, but was eventually dropped when she insisted on having some creative input on the script. See more »


Janet: [after receiving a rose from a suitor who puts it in the glass in front of her] Ralph, that's beautiful, but how could you put it in my ginger ale?
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References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »


My Life's a Sing-a-long
Words and Music by Anthony Harris
Performed by Dana Valery
Available on Warner-Curb Records
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30 May 2009 | by ZeegradeSee all my reviews

A high school principal (Keenan Wynn) with a losing basketball team unwittingly hires a coach who turns out not only to be a gorgeous blond woman (Cathy Lee Crosby) but a catalyst for their new winning ways. Are you really surprised? Along the way a romance grows between the coach and the team's star player Jack (Michael Biehn). The police are never notified.

Packaged along with other Crown International Pictures as a grindhouse movie really does this film no service. This can easily be edited into a television movie of the week. Cathy Lee Crosby looks great as coach Randy Rawlings especially in her skimpy outfits but I expected more than mere titillation from an R-rated film. A side plot involving a dorky center who is hypnotized by his teammates into thinking he is former NBA player Sydney Wicks is the actual reason for the team's new success rather than Cathy Lee's coaching. Too much tease and not enough sleaze makes this a major disappointment.

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