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That Championship Season (1982)

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)

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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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Release Date:

14 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajnokcsapat See more »

Filming Locations:

Taylor, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer-director Jason Miller insisted that the film's exteriors be shot in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in which his play was set. He was a native of Scranton and wanted to give something back to his hometown. 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 »


Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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One tortured night for a group of men whose souls are bared
21 January 2010 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

To me the outstanding feature of this movie is the acting of Robert Mitchum, who superbly fits the role of coach to a group of men who gather to reminisce and during the course of their encounter, almost tear each other apart--verbally, physically and emotionally. The others are outstanding as well and are all great actors. However, Mitchum shows the range he has as an actor that many of his earlier roles didn't allow him.

A note of division is introduced into the proceedings that lays raw their emotions. It leads to an escalation of bitterness and recriminations. During it all, they find out about themselves and what they have become because of the brutal honesty of one another. None of them are plaster saints, far from it, they are classic alpha males, no worse or better than most of us. In the end, they probably realize that they are better for the brutal honesty that they can share with one another.

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