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Celtic Pride (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 19 April 1996 (USA)
Two over-loyal Celtic fans kidnap their opponent's star player in order to guarantee their team the championship.

Director:

Tom DeCerchio

Writers:

Judd Apatow (story), Colin Quinn (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damon Wayans ... Lewis Scott
Daniel Stern ... Mike O'Hara
Dan Aykroyd ... Jimmy Flaherty
Gail O'Grady ... Carol O'Hara
Christopher McDonald ... Coach Kimball
Paul Guilfoyle ... Kevin O'Grady
Adam Hendershott ... Tommy O'Hara
Scott Lawrence ... Ted Hennison
Deion Sanders Deion Sanders ... Himself
Bill Walton ... Himself
Gerard G. Williams ... Derrick Lake (as Gus Williams)
Ted Rooney ... Tony Sheppard
Vladimir Cuk ... Lurch
Keith Gibbs Keith Gibbs ... Terry Kirby
Joe Mingle Joe Mingle ... Referee
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Storyline

The National Basketball Association play-offs are taking place, and the Boston Celtics are facing the Utah Jazz in a crucial series. This is also the last year that any games will be played in the Boston Garden, which is going to be torn down after the end of the season. Mike and Jimmy, two die-hard sports fans who will risk anything for the Celtics to win, are really getting into the games. The Celtics would be a sure win if it weren't for Lewis Scott, the cocky, loud-mouth star of the Jazz. After Scott himself punishes the Celtics in a bad loss, Mike and Jimmy decide to take things into their own hands by kidnapping Scott and holding him until after the crucial game takes place. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

If you can't beat 'em... steal him!

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and an abundance of crude humor | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csont nélkül See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,809,248, 21 April 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,255,027
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stay tuned after the film's end credits for a shot of the old Boston Garden being imploded for demolition since both the Boston Celtics basketball team and the Boston Bruins NHL hockey team both moved to the "new" Boston Garden not far from the original for the start of their respective 1995-96 seasons. The film was released towards the end of the regular season and beginning of the playoffs in both sports. See more »

Goofs

After badly spraining his right ankle in the one-on-one game with Lewis, Mike goes to see his wife and can barely walk up the stairs. In a subsequent shot while they are all at the dinner table, a long shot shows Mike vividly bouncing his right leg on the ball of his foot showing no signs of the injury, impossible to do without immense pain. See more »

Quotes

Suzy: [handing Jimmy a hotdog] ...I toasted it just the way you like.
Jimmy Flaherty: How'd you do that? There's no toaster around here.
Suzy: I used my curling iron.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, the Boston Garden is demolished. (This is a special effect; at the time the movie was released, the real Garden was still standing.) See more »


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Like to Party
Written and performed by Craig Seganti
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What would YOU to ensure your teams' success?
19 February 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Farcical sports comedy about the outer limits of rabid sports fandom stars Daniel Stern as Mike, a Boston Phys. Ed. teacher fiercely devoted to the Celtics basketball team. As our story begins, the Celtics are facing off against the Utah Jazz for the championship, before Boston Gardens is due to be demolished. One night, Mike and his tagalong pal Jimmy (Dan Aykroyd) encounter Lewis Scott (Damon Wayans), the selfish, egomaniacal star player for the Jazz, in a bar, and the three of them get just drunk enough that Mike and Jimmy are able to successfully kidnap Lewis. They figure they'll hold on to him long enough to ensure that the Celtics win, but naturally things go completely awry.

Written by Judd Apatow, based on a story by him and Colin Quinn, this does take some pretty hard and amusing digs at sports fans. Not that it's an especially witty screenplay, though; it's really the cast, who give it 100%, that make it work as well as it does. Wayans is a hoot as the sports superstar who isn't exactly lacking insight into his schmucky abductors. Stern and Aykroyd are well cast; Stern is a comedic ball of fire as always. Gail O'Grady does alright with a clichéd role as a fed up wife. Paul Guilfoyle is entertaining as a Boston cop. Christopher McDonald has some funny moments (especially "I hate my life.") as the coach of the Jazz. Darrell Hammond has a small role, while various real life basketball celebrities have cameo roles. (The cameo by a certain football star at the end is hilarious.)

Speaking personally, I didn't feel that the pacing was all that bad. At least this watchable if uninspired movie only runs about an hour and a half.

Six out of 10.


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