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Wildcats (1986)

A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.

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Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Ezra Sacks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Molly McGrath
Swoosie Kurtz ... Verna McGrath
Robyn Lively ... Alice Needham
Brandy Gold Brandy Gold ... Marian Needham
James Keach ... Frank Needham
Jan Hooks ... Stephanie Needham
Bruce McGill ... Dan Darwell
Nipsey Russell ... Ben Edwards
Mykelti Williamson ... Levander 'Bird' Williams (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Tab Thacker ... Phillip Finch
Wesley Snipes ... Trumaine
Jsu Garcia ... Cerulo (as Nick Corri)
Woody Harrelson ... Krushinski
Willie J. Walton Willie J. Walton ... Marvel
Rodney Hill Rodney Hill ... Peanut
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Storyline

Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When the football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite expecting sniggers from fellow staff members and her former husband. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Her dream was to coach high school football. Her nightmare was Central High.

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Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First and Goal See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,472,905, 17 February 1986

Gross USA:

$26,285,544
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut of Wesley Snipes. See more »

Goofs

Krushinski (Woody Harrelson) has a number change from 89 to 26 during the film. See more »

Quotes

Molly McGrath: [to Frank] if I didn't think you would use it against me, I'd punch your face in!
Phillip Finch: I'll do it for 10 bucks.
Frank Needham: You just keep your fat ass out of this!
Phillip Finch: [punches Frank] No charge!
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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

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We Stand Alone
Performed by Joe Cocker
Written by Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard and Joe Cocker
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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One of the better sports comedies from the 1980's...
4 December 2005 | by ijonesiiiSee all my reviews

WILDCATS was a funny and entertaining comedy with Goldie Hawn at the top of her form as a high school track coach, who wants more than anything to coach football (her late father was a football coach). She finally gets the opportunity to coach a high school football team at a tough inner city high school where the majority of the students are Africa American or Latino. Of course, Goldie's Molly McGrath meets the obvious resentments from high school boys that you would expect finding out their new coach is a woman, but she does eventually win them over, even at the risk of losing custody of her two daughters to her uptight ex-husband (James Keach). Nothing new or inventive here but Goldie lights up the screen presenting a smart yet flawed character trying to live her dream. Nipsey Russell has one of the best roles of his career as the principal of the school that hires her and there are some very funny moments provided by the members of the team, especially Woody Harrelson, Nick Corri, and in a star-making turn, a very young Wesley Snipes. Bruce McGill scores as a sexist coach from the opposing school, Prescott and Jan Hooks has some cute moments as GOldie's ex-husband's new girlfriend. I love the scene where Goldie outruns the boys on the team and calls them "pussies" and the rap song over the closing credits is hysterically funny. A terrific feel-good comedy starring a great actress at the zenith of her personal charm.


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