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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 overview, first billed only:
... Sheriff Tom Palmer
... Miss Anna Montgomery
... Coach Jay Huffer
... Edwin V. Douglas
... Evan Schiff
... Larry Musgrove
... Jeffrey Luttrell
... Marbelly Morales
... Newt Shaw
... Kate Douglas (as Jessie Robertson)
... Juan Morales
... Nick Anderssen
Hayley Kolb ... Sophia Convertino
... Polly Neilson
Ashley Welch ... Lou Gates


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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Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boisko szczescia  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the first game between The Big Green and The Knights, Sheriff Tom (Steve Guttenberg) mentioned Bubba Smith after Kate (Jessica Robertson) tackled a Knights player. Steve Guttenberg starred in the first four Police Academy films, which also starred Bubba Smith as Hightower. See more »


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 »


Kate Douglas: That's how you know they're not coming back. People only say 'Goodbye' when they plan on saying 'Hello' again. It's a rule.
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Written and Performed by Richard Mikuls
Courtesy of Carrie A Melody Records
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A load of rubbish
4 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie appears to have made for the sole purpose of annoying me. Everything I hate about films is present: fake sentimentality, extreme corniness, bad child actors and more feature abundantly. That's ignoring the fact that it depicts the extreme ignorance of American sports fans, with many of the cast professing that a football is shaped like a lemon. What?! That's a Rugby ball. The story follows a group of no hopers that get a new teacher that they like (who, coincidently, teaches the class in a short skirt) and gets them interested in football. Naturally, they're all rubbish (don't forget, they're no hopers) except for one kid who has moved from El Paso. Blah Blah, etc etc and the kids still don't become good footballers, but good heart ensues and the no hopers are turned into a bunch of well-rounded kids. Hell, even the adults start to come round; drunks are turned into caring parents, illegal immigrants are let off the hook...groan.

This movie stars Steve Guttenberg. Now, before you go rushing off down your local video store to grab yourself a copy, hold up a minute. Guttenberg is rubbish. No, no; come on let's face it, how did this guy ever get to be in a movie? I have absolutely no idea, and there is nothing in this movie to give me an idea. Olivia d'Abo stars along side Steve and doesn't impress either. She merely seems to be going through the motions and looking nice while doing it. Although I have no problems with the latter part; her performance does the movie no credit. The child actors that make up the rest of the cast are just as bad as you would expect from a movie like this. Most of them are disgusting and/or annoying and it doesn't make for pleasant viewing at all. There's a goat in the film who plays the mascot and he does a good job; but you wouldn't see a movie for a goat, so don't bother seeing this movie.

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