In Bill Simmons' best-selling non-fiction book, "The Book of Basketball", he mentions that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar completely vanished from the climactic game's fourth quarter without any explanation. Simmons wrote that he researched and found two possible explanations: the shooting schedule was far behind, that Kareem had to leave the set and wasn't able to return, or Kareem found out that Julius Winfield Erving II was being paid more than him to appear in this movie and angrily walked off the production.
It was later revealed in 2013 by Julius Erving that Kareem was sitting in Director of Photography Frank Stanley's chair. When Stanley kindly asked Kareem for his seat back, Kareem responded by heaving the chair across the basketball court. That encounter marked the end of Kareem in this movie. See more »
The score before the timeout of the last game was Los Angeles 101, Pittsburgh 91, but when the game resumed, the Pisces made well over ten field goals. Their victory should have been by a double-digit margin. See more »
The Re-release VHS version comes in the original Karl Lorimar Home Video Box but is now labeled a Warner Home Video cassette and contains the edited television version of the film instead of the original uncut version released by Lorimar. See more »
I was actually an extra in this movie, one of the worst sports movies ever made. I only did one day's worth of work and it was one of the most boring things I've ever experienced. I'm in the scene where someone supposedly puts helium in the basketballs and they float to the top of the Civic Arena. A crane (out of camera range) had thin wires attached to the balls. The director took about 10 takes of the scene. I thought I would lose my mind, trying to act surprised every time the balls "floated." When I saw the film I was shocked at how little screen time the shot got, but not as shocked at how bad the whole movie was. With a cast as good as it has you'd think they could save it, but the script was so bad even the great Stockard Channing couldn't help!
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