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The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)

Biography of pro basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who died suddenly in 1988 at age 40 from a heart attack.

Director:

Frank C. Schroeder (as Frank C. Schröder)

Writers:

Darrel Campbell (book), Peter Maravich (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Millie Perkins ... Helen Maravich
Nick Benedict Nick Benedict ... Press Maravich
Adam Guier Adam Guier ... Pete Maravich
Murrell Garland Murrell Garland ... Coach Pendleton
Tom Lester ... Pete as adult
Buddy Petrie Buddy Petrie ... Buddy Pendleton
Darrel Campbell ... Carl Connfield
Wendy Leblanc Wendy Leblanc ... Sandy
John Richardson John Richardson ... Moose
Rodney Stone
Eddie Hailey Eddie Hailey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Cardona Nick Cardona ... Postman
John Lewis John Lewis ... Reporter
John Raymond John Raymond ... Clemson College basketball player
Melinda Walsh Melinda Walsh ... Rachel
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Storyline

A story about the great basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich when he was in the eighth grade. He plays on the varsity basketball team at Daniel High School but has some very difficult obstacles standing in his way of playing. The only support he has is from his father, retired basketball pro Press Maravich. Written by Alan Holasek

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The story behind the life of one of the greatest basketball players of all time. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El mago de la N.B.A. See more »

Filming Locations:

Ponchatoula, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

L.A. Film Partners See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The basketball goal used by Pete (Adam Guier) is hanging inside the historic Ponchatoula Country Market in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, where the movie was filmed. The market is located inside a historic train depot built in the 19th century. See more »

Goofs

The opening shot of the movie shows a shot of downtown Clemson with the subtitle "Clemson 1959," but the marquis of the movie theater says "Splendor in the Grass." The movie wouldn't be released until 1961. See more »

Quotes

Pete Maravich: [after beating Buddy] That's the game, see ya Monday night.
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Soundtracks

You Are My Destiny
Performed by Carl Shillo
Written by Carl Shillo and Brian MacDonald
Published by Uncle Josh's Song Emporium, Inc.
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Not such a bad movie.
5 February 2006 | by dabrauerSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this video. The movie-making quality is not the highest, and the acting is undoubtedly less than stellar. However, I found that this movie had a lot of heart. It is a much better family movie than many others out there, with no profanity and little violence. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who has an interest in Pete Maravich and his life.

This movie was made to describe the basketball history of Pete Maravich, and shows a special relationship between Pete and his father, which I thought was refreshing. It's a joy to see a parent who did his best to establish common ground with his child so that they could relate to each other. So if you're interested in basketball, go ahead and check this movie out. You may find yourself charmed by the innocence in the story of the young Pete Maravich.


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