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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

The Pittsburgh 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

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 ... Himself
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 ... Himself (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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1981 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Basket Music See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,922, 4 November 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,281,246, 31 December 1979
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Bill Simmons' best-selling non-fiction tome "The Book of Basketball", he mentions that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who plays himself) completely vanishes from the climatic game's 4th quarter without any explanation. Simmons wrote that he researched and found two explanations: the shooting schedule was so far behind that Kareem had to leave the set and wasn't able to return, OR Kareem found out that Julius "Dr. J" Erving was being paid more than him to appear in the film and angrily walked off the production. 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 »


Soundtracks

Follow Every Dream
Music by Thom Bell, Lyrics by Casey James & Leroy M. Bell
Performed by William Hart
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Magical campy fun!
28 May 2000 | by pwmosesSee all my reviews

This film has a breezy magic all throughout it. It is one of my favorite films ever made. It is not to be taken seriously (a film with a psychadelic basketball floor can't be), but the wonderful Thom Bell score and great songs give the film a wonderful pace. The sequence where Dr. J is on the court playing one on one with himself is classic.


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