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The Big Green (1995)

A teacher on exchange from England is placed in an underachieving Texan school, where she coaches the children in soccer, improving their self esteem and leading to unexpected success.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Sheriff Tom Palmer
Olivia d'Abo ... Miss Anna Montgomery
Jay O. Sanders ... Coach Jay Huffer
John Terry ... Edwin V. Douglas
Chauncey Leopardi ... Evan Schiff
Patrick Renna ... Larry Musgrove
Billy L. Sullivan ... Jeffrey Luttrell
Yareli Arizmendi ... Marbelly Morales
Bug Hall ... Newt Shaw
Jessica Robertson ... Kate Douglas (as Jessie Robertson)
Anthony Esquivel ... Juan Morales
Jordan Brower ... Nick Anderssen
Hayley Kolb Hayley Kolb ... Sophia Convertino
Haley Miller ... Polly Neilson
Ashley Welch Ashley Welch ... Lou Gates
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Storyline

Another Disney underdog sports team of misfit kids (soccer this time) learns to play a new sport and become champions, while building self-esteem, making friends and solving a variety of dramatic family crises, through the able assistance of a foreign exchange teacher and a former local sports hero as coaches. Written by Brian Fries <brian@sii.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boisko szczescia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,688,285, 1 October 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,725,500
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is an actor named John Terry in this movie. The name "John Terry" is a famous soccer player's name. See more »

Goofs

Before the shootout, The Big Green choose the following order: Juan, Kate, Nick, Sophia, Newt. However when the actual shootout is happening the order is as follows: Juan, Kate, Sophia, Nick, Newt. See more »

Quotes

Larry Musgrove: I got a question.
Sheriff Tom Palmer: That's great! Great, participation! Fire away, big guy!
Larry Musgrove: While you're here, who's giving out speeding tickets and scooping dead animals off the highway?
Sheriff Tom Palmer: All right, no more questions.
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Soundtracks

KICKIN' BALLS
Written and Performed by Alexi Lalas
Courtesy of SportsNet, Inc.
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Not an original moment in the whole movie.
2 January 2000 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

This is one of the most unoriginal, cliche-ridden movies I have ever seen. Even if you didn't like this film's antecedents, 'The Bad News Bears' and 'The Mighty Ducks,' they are bound to have done a better job than this one. From the moment the new teacher greets her class and they tell her, "Don't bother with us, we're all losers," you can see everything that's coming twenty miles away for the rest of the film.

All the usual suspects are here. Besides the spunky teacher, we have a group of what are supposed to be endearingly bratty kids (they're brats, yes, but no so endearing), a slow-witted small town sheriff that they love to torment, an arrogant head coach of the winning rival team, etc., ad nauseum. Only Olivia d'Abo as the new teacher displays any likabilty. I never cared much for Steve Guttenberg before and his performance as the sheriff doesn't change things. Jay O. Sanders is a capable actor but his character, the rival coach, leaves him nothing to work with. Let's hope that writer/director Holly Goldberg Sloan comes up with something better next time out.


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