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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Sport | 4 March 1981 (Sweden)
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners.

Director:

Gilbert Moses

Writers:

David Dashev (story), Jaison Starkes | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julius Erving ... Moses Guthrie
Jonathan Winters ... H.S. / Harvey Tilson
Meadowlark Lemon Meadowlark Lemon ... Rev. Grady Jackson
Jack Kehoe ... Setshot
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Self
Margaret Avery ... Toby Millman
James Bond III ... Tyrone Millman
Michael V. Gazzo ... Harry the Trainer
Peter Isacksen Peter Isacksen ... Driftwood
Nicholas Pryor ... George Brockington
M. Emmet Walsh ... Wally Cantrell
Stockard Channing ... Mona Mondieu
Flip Wilson ... Coach 'Jock' Delaney
Marv Albert ... Self (as Marvin Albert)
Debbie Allen ... Ola (as Debra Allen)
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Storyline

The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In one of the tryout scenes, there is a young boy dribbling multiple basketballs, showing off his ball handling skills. This is University of Arizona head coach, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, Sean Miller. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Swimming with Sharks (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Ragtime
Music by Thom Bell
Lyrics by Philo Jack Robinson (as Jack Robinson)
Performed by Eubie Blake and Thom Bell
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Simply my favorite movie...
6 November 2004 | by scatcatsSee all my reviews

I know there are some great films out there to pick a favorite from, but something about this little goofy 70's film seems to stay with me. I tell my friends to just enjoy the movie and not to expect too much. You have to remember, there's not a lot going on here, just basketball, astrology, and a root for the underdog, feel good storyline. We all know it was for Dr. J anyway. If nothing else, the music is truly old school rhythm, blues and soul. Anyone know where to find the actual soundtrack?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1981 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,922, 4 November 1979

Gross USA:

$8,281,246

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,281,246
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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