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Coach of the Year (1980)

TV-G | | Drama | TV Movie 20 December 1980
Jim Brandon, a former player of the Chigago Bears, was paralyzed during the Vietnam War. When he returns, he tries to get a job as a football coach, but he doesn't succeed. After a visit to... See full summary »

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... Jim Brandon
... Paula DeFalco
... Superintendant Turner
... Merissa Lane (as Daphne Maxwell)
... Munroe Sweetlife Johnson (#12) (as David Hubbard)
... Andy DeFalco (#84) (as Ricky Paul)
... Hector Estrada (#24)
Radames Torres ... Effie Peanut Rodriguez (#22) (as Radamus Torres)
Louis Carello ... Eddie Lovella (as Lou Carello)
... McLeash
Ed O'Bradovich ... Ed O'Bradovich
Joneal Joplin ... Coach Forester
Howard A. Peters III
Calvin Bradford ... The Boys from St. Charles
José 'Little Man' Navarro ... The Boys from St. Charles (as Jose 'Little Man' Navarro)
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Jim Brandon, a former player of the Chigago Bears, was paralyzed during the Vietnam War. When he returns, he tries to get a job as a football coach, but he doesn't succeed. After a visit to the youth prison, St. Charles, he thinks of becoming the football coach there. He decides to do it, because he likes the challenge. The boys, young delinquents, don't accept him, but he goes all out to be accepted. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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20 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Fourth Down Behind Bars  »

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The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice maintains six Youth Center correction facilities; Illinois Youth Center St. Charles is one of the six and was opened in December, 1904. In 2012, it had a capacity for three hundred forty-eight juvenile males with an average daily population of three hundred twenty-eight boys, with an average age of sixteen. See more »

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I was in the football stand audience
16 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

When this movie was made in 1980, I was a teenager in the football stands playing as part of the audience. This was done at Mooseheart, Illinois. The big letters spelling out "MOOSEHEART" at the top of the stands were covered up with a banner in the movie. The director would tell us to cheer loudly at certain points, as if a touchdown was being made. St. Charles juvenile correction center is a real place less than 30 miles from Mooseheart, although I think it may have closed down recently. During one scene, they show a black woman and a white man in the audience watching the game. Right below them, you can see my sister Noel's head (she was 11 at the time). In the VHS version, I can only see the top of her head, but when I saw it on TV in 1981 I could see her whole head and my sister Jacqui as well.

I thought the movie itself was OK for a made for TV movie. Since there's already a description of the movie here, I need not repeat it. It's worth seeing at least once.


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