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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.


Gilbert Moses


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





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)


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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Comedy | Sport


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Did You Know?


In this movie, the entire Pittsburgh Pisces team was born under the astrological sign of Pisces including its superstar, Moses Guthrie, who was portrayed by real-life Pisces Julius Winfield Erving II. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


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Music by Thom Bell
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I liked it
4 September 2005 | by rams_lakersSee all my reviews

The movie is goofy and campy with a bad script but I liked it. When I first saw this on TV I was picking out all the NBA stars from the various teams. This was filmed the year before Magic joined the Lakers who still had a few of their old castoffs like Hudson and Ford. A young Mychal Thompson knocks "Set Shot" into the scorers table.

Another commented on the short shorts players wore. Yes, this is how they wore them in those days. Unlike these ugly long skirts Michael Jordan brought into the league that players now wear.

The thing that bugs me most about this and other movies where a sport is being played is why the hell is the play-by-play guy heard throughout the arena????? I HATE when they do this. The sports stadium announcer only announces lineups, fouls, and substitutions - HE DOES NOT ANNOUNCE PLAYER ANALYSIS, STRATEGIES OR PERSONAL POINTS OF VIEW TO THE CROWD OVER THE LOUDSPEAKERS!!!!

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Release Date:

4 March 1981 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,922, 4 November 1979

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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