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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:
... 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
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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

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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29 September 1995 (USA)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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One of two Disney family comedy sports films that featured Jay O. Sanders as an antagonist. The other being Angels in the Outfield (1994). See more »

Goofs

During the opening "cheeto-feed" a bag of Crunchy style Cheetos are used. But in several scenes "Puffed" Cheetos are seen on the kids. See more »

Quotes

Newt Shaw: I'm your man!
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AS LONG AS WE CAN WALK
Written by Richard Rudolph and Michael Sembello
Performed by Jeff Paris and The Immigrants
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Not an original moment in the whole movie.
2 January 2000 | by See 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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