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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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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

Moses Theme
Music by Thom Bell
Lyrics by Casey James & LeRoy Bell (as Leroy M. Bell)
Performed by Frankie Bleu
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Simple (guilty?) Pleasure
12 February 2006 | by thejointSee all my reviews

Not the greatest movie ever made and I love it. There is something easy, cheesy, and sweet about this mostly typical root-for-the-underdog story.

Watch the movie, with some friends if possible, and be willing and able to talk, laugh, eat, intake, and maybe dance along with it. perfect for a rainy weekend, college dorm, missed flight kinda day.

The Fish also makes for a good combo movie day with: carwash, caddyshack, badnews bears, and if you wanna see it like I did the first time, rent "Love at First Bite" and watch them back to back, now there's a freaky 70s time capsule.

I think this movie is fun and just a great exit into silliness with a simple heartwarming chunk of cheese. What also added to my enjoyment of the films is that I watched this movie first as a seven year old, in Brooklyn in the now non-existent Duffield theater, (or was it the Metropolitian, eh- they're both gone now anyway) and that the great Dr. J (who was Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron before such types existed) made his motion picture debut in it and was the closest thing to serious in the film. Which to me worked well because this flick needed a straight man and he was it.

I would say the film itself deserves credit for being a picture postcard of the late seventies, over blown with the not quite released 60s psychedelia that never really left through the 70s decade, and full of garish, tackiness, thats fun to watch and laugh at. Its a bonus if you are interested in the period or lived it and haven't seen how over the top Hollywood presented everything.


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