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 haven't seen this movie in almost 2 decades. I saw it as a young adolescent growing up in Pennsylvania. Nonetheless its still one of my favorites. I can't tell ya why....its simply a story of magic and a boy who has smartz and more importantly a belief in others and all. I'll wait for the DVD to see it again....even if i have to wait a couple more decades.
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