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Quarterback Princess (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | TV Movie 3 December 1983
Tami, a young girl who has just moved to Oregon, stands up against her coach and the naysayers of her small town to prove that she's capable of being a talented football quarterback despite her gender.

Director:

Noel Black

Writer:

Rod Browning
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Murray ... Ralph Maida
Barbara Babcock ... Judy Maida
Dana Elcar ... Mr. Caine
John Stockwell ... Scott Massey
Daphne Zuniga ... Kim Maida
Helen Hunt ... Tami Maida
Mary-Robin Redd ... Saleswoman
Joshua Cadman ... Brian
Severn Darden ... Mr. Hobart
Carmen Argenziano ... Ed Ainsworth
Nancy Parsons ... Mrs. Klosterman
Tim Robbins ... Marvin
Holly Bressler Holly Bressler ... Jody Maida
Katherine Moir Katherine Moir ... Heidi Maida
Melanie Parker Melanie Parker ... Gidget Maida
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Storyline

The Maida family has moved to Oregon, and daughter Tami wants to play quarterback for the high school football team. There's just one problem. She's a girl. With everyone from the coach to her next door neighbor against her, she's out to prove that not only can she can play football, but she can win the state championship. (Based on a true story) Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Drama | Sport

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Not Rated
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One of a late 1970s early 1980s mini-cycle of films centering around women athletes. The movies include Blue Skies Again (1983) (baseball), Goldengirl (1979) (athletics), The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981) (athletics), Hockey Night (1984) (ice hockey), Quarterback Princess (1983) (gridiron), Personal Best (1982) (pentathlon), Gregory's Girl (1980) (soccer) and Heart Like a Wheel (1983) (drag racing). See more »

Quotes

Scott Massey: Bad enough I gotta lose, but then I have to be carried off the field by our lady quarterback.
Tami Maida: What bothers you? That I'm a lady or that I'm a quarterback?
Scott Massey: I wouldn't mind either if you weren't both.
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flawed, but enjoyable and inspiring
28 September 2013 | by JamieWJacksonSee all my reviews

Some of the dialog and characters here don't strike me as credible; I think there was a good deal of artistic license going on in the name of creating drama for the sake of making a movie. However, Helen Hunt's talents are undeniable, and even at a young age here, she can carry whatever you put on her in a dramatic role.

I'm not sure why "McMinnville" was changed to "Minnville" in the movie (and the real events took place in Philomath, not McMinnville, anyway) but whatever. It was fun to see real-life local sportscaster Rick Metsger in here; that brought back memories for this Oregonian.

Tim Robbins was cute as the dorky backup QB, showing us that shy-guy charm we've seen from him so many times since. I didn't recognize Daphne Zuniga at first; she's so young here! She caught my eye right away though, of course, so I looked up who was playing Kim and... aha. LOL! She's been a stunner for a ridiculously long time.

Kim's interactions with Tami added some tension to the story. (I'm guessing that was embellished some, too, but it was basically credible.) John Stockwell was a good choice for the boyfriend; his awkwardness and sincerity both ring true.

Dana Elcar's heavy was a little bit frustrating for me. Movies love their villains, and he was easy to believe as the crusty opponent to Tami's dream, but I think I would have preferred to see the character be more well-rounded instead of rather cartoonishly single-minded. His objections have merit and there is plenty of room for debate about girls in football; no need IMO to create a single "bad guy" to personify that side of the debate. By vesting so much of the oppositional force of the movie in that one character, the movie somewhat misses a chance to create a more interesting on-screen discussion of the issues. Still, the issues do come through; if you need a conversation starter, this would do it.

In some places, the movie is pretty strongly dated, so don't expect perfection. However, it's good family-friendly fare and an enjoyable watch. I wasn't sure about this one until I saw the cast and the solid rating it got here on IMDb; it's at 6 but I gave it a 7 because I really enjoyed watching an uplifting story with these now-familiar faces in early roles. Then again, I'm from Oregon, so perhaps I'm biased. :-)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

McMinnville, Oregon, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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