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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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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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 »

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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

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 »

Quotes

Press Maravich: You know, a guy once said I had a loose screw when I told him I wanted to play in the pros.
Pete Maravich: He did?
Press Maravich: Of course, he never took the time to see me play either.
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Soundtracks

You Got That
Performed by Carl Shillo
Written by Carl Shillo and Brian MacDonald
Published by Uncle Josh's Song Emporium, Inc.
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It comes off as a well-intentioned though a big overly schmaltzy to be taken very seriously.
21 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Pete Maravich was an amazing player--a guy whose college basketball average was a shade over 44 points per game! In the pros, he was also an amazing player and I was fortunate enough to be able to see him play when I was a kid. Unfortunately, Maravich died during a pick-up game when he was only 40--dead due to an undiagnosed heart ailment. This movie about his experience playing first year varsity basketball is a homage to his talents, though I think the man probably deserved a bit better than this.

The boy playing Maravich, Adam Guier, was terrific. His ability to handle the ball made him a joy to watch. So why am I a bit cold about this movie? Well, the script and especially the style of the film are a bit wanting. The film too often relies on hip music, montages and clichés. Additionally, while I am sure Maravich was incredible at this age, the film never shows him once missing a shot...not even once out of several dozen shots!! This all work together to create a film that might entertain kids but which also just cannot be taken very seriously. Not a bad film...just not a very impressive one either.

By the way, the choice of the narrator was interesting. Tom Lester (Eb Dawson from "Green Acres") was chosen and it did make me laugh to hear him speaking as the grown up Maravich.


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