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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.


Frank C. Schroeder (as Frank C. Schröder)


Darrel Campbell (book), Peter Maravich (story)




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


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 »


Biography | Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


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 »


A package of Marlboro "Light" cigarettes is clearly visible in the pocket of young Pete's father. That product would not be introduced for years. See more »


Press Maravich: You know I was watching Gene Kelly last night and it struck me that a good basketball player can make up for a lot if he has hands as fast as a gunfighter.
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Rise On My Own
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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An inspirational movie
23 January 2000 | by shadowlabSee all my reviews

The movie, Pistol: The Birth of a Legend, is an excellent movie. It isn't the #1 hit at the box office type, nor does it have expensive great special effects, like many of the movies of today have. It is simply a story of Pete Maravich, a young boy who's whole life is about basketball. He is inspired by his father who seems to be the only one with faith in him. I am a basketball player and ever since I was a young child going to basketball camp our coach would play this movie every year. It motivates us. To this day we love it when Coach says we are going to watch it. We know every line and appreciate the movie. It is a great motivational movie, I definitely recommend it!

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25 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ponchatoula, Louisiana, USA See more »

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L.A. Film Partners See more »
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