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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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 »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the child actors and actresses have stopped doing movies. The only ones still acting are: Patrick Renna, Jordan Brower, Jessica Robertson, and Bug Hall. See more »

Goofs

In class, Miss Montgomery puts the world map up, then walks over to her desk and gets the globe. She walks back over and speaks for a moment with the class. Withinn a few shots the map is down again. See more »

Quotes

Miss Anna Mongomery: Oh, that's right. What I call football, you call soccer. So, this is a soccer ball.
Lou GatesSue Gates: We don't play soccer.
Tak Yamato: It's for foreigners.
Miss Anna Mongomery: Well, I'm a foreigner.
Lou GatesSue Gates: Well, we're American.
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Soundtracks

KICKIN' BALLS
Written and Performed by Alexi Lalas
Courtesy of SportsNet, Inc.
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This film is a big winner in the fun-with-lessons category
30 October 2006 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

The students in a small Texan town have a new teacher from England (Olivia D'Abo). She is trying hard to motivate and communicate with her pupils, with only limited success. Limited, that is, until she gets her students excited about soccer. She assembles a ragtime team, with no uniforms, and teaches them about the fundamentals of soccer. The team, with a mixture of girls and boys, begins playing matches. They lose. The teacher enlists the help of the local sheriff (Steve Guttenberg) and, together, they help the team improve. But, will they succeed in winning soccer games? This is another stroll down Mighty Ducks lane but it is still a good film for children. It's themes of hard work and teamwork are undeniable and very worthwhile. The actors, the script, and the Texas setting form a touching and funny film. If you want to find a good family film for a night at home, try this one. Big grins will pop up over The Big Green.


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