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That Championship Season (1982)

R | | Drama | 14 January 1983 (USA)
It started as a friendly meeting between 4 old buddies with their basketball coach and ended up in revealing the truth about their relationship. The meeting forces the five men to reveal ... See full summary »


Jason Miller


Jason Miller (play)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... George Sitkowski
Stacy Keach ... James Daley
Robert Mitchum ... Coach Delaney
Martin Sheen ... Tom Daley
Paul Sorvino ... Phil Romano
Arthur Franz ... Macken
Michael Bernosky Michael Bernosky ... Jacks
Joseph Kelly ... Malley
James M. Langan James M. Langan ... Cooney
Tony Santaniello Tony Santaniello ... Marelli
William G. McAndrew William G. McAndrew ... Harrison
Barry Weiner Barry Weiner ... Sharman
Edward Cunningham Edward Cunningham ... Newspaper Editor
Robert E. Schlesinger Robert E. Schlesinger ... Nelson
George Lowry George Lowry ... Zookeeper


It started as a friendly meeting between 4 old buddies with their basketball coach and ended up in revealing the truth about their relationship. The meeting forces the five men to reveal their true identity, to be honest with each other for the first time in their lives. When the night comes to an end they decide to go back to the old glorious days and reunite into the team which won that championship season, back in 1957... Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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Did You Know?


First of two films of Jason Miller's play "That Championship Season". The second, That Championship Season (1999), was made 17 years after this one. See more »


When Mayor Sitkowski is riding the exercise bicycle in his office in Scranton, the sun is shining outside, but the apparently live baseball game he is watching from Yankee Stadium is being played at night. Scranton isn't far enough west of the Bronx for this to happen. See more »

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Five excellent performances one great script
17 August 2010 | by bcorig2See all my reviews

I went back to this after 25 years. I read an article about Robert Mitchum and it reminded me of his performance in That Championship Season, which wasn't even mentioned in the article. I bought it and re discovered 5 excellent acting performances. The best performance? Stacy Keach (James Daley). He is as pathetic as any self-disappointed middle aged man could get in his grandiosity and self pity. My favorite Character is Phil Romano, played by Paul Sorvino. Rich, degenerate, and one election away from financial ruin. In one of the first scenes, when the group shows up at the emergency City Council meeting to discuss a political disappointment, his swagger walking in and walking out of the room was elegant arrogance. The writing is superb, and the backdrop in economically depressed Scranton captured the atmosphere of Rustbelt economic desperation (which nicely parallels the personal and professional desperation of each of the characters) perfectly. Worth seeing.

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14 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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Taylor, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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