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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 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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He was a little kid with big dreams. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Details

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:

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

Coach Pendleton: Walker how old are you?
Walker: 18.
Coach Pendleton: You wanna live to be 19?
Walker: Yeah.
Coach Pendleton: THEN DO WHAT I TELL YOU.
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Soundtracks

Don't Look Down
Written by John Gregory and Brad Hanratty
Performed by Mirage
Produced by Rick Jarrard
Published by Uncle Josh's Song Emporium, Inc.
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Deserves more recognition
22 October 2004 | by FidgetjnrSee all my reviews

Great film, and Adam Guier really acted well, showing the great determination of Pete, along with the talent of the writers and directors, who really made you feel like you were part of Pete's story. It is not a well known film, but this does not mean it is bad, or obscure or anything like that. It really inspires me and it can be easily watched over and over again. I will never get tired of this film.

It is a fantastic piece of cinema that I think deserves more recognition than it gets. I would recommend it to anyone, even non-basketball fans. If you ever get a chance to see, rent or buy this film, don't pass it up, I promise you, you will not regret it.


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