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Possums (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 13 June 1998 (USA)
Will Clark loves his job as radio announcer for the local high school football team, the Nowata Possums. He loves it so much that he continues announcing even after the town decides to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mac Davis ... Wilbur 'Will' Clark
Cynthia Sikes ... Elizabeth Clark
Greg Coolidge ... Jake Malloy (as Gregory Coolidge)
Andrew Prine ... Mayor Charlie Lawton
Dennis Burkley ... Orville Moss
Monica Lacy ... Sarah Jacobs (as Monica Creel)
Jay Underwood ... John Clark
Jerry Haynes ... Bob
Clive Revill ... London
Zac Sherman Zac Sherman ... Mark Bond
Nathan Burgess Nathan Burgess ... Calvin (as Nathan Brooks Burgess)
Kyle Moody Kyle Moody ... Kevin Burns
Ian Bennett Ian Bennett ... Paul Rowlett
David Hunt Stafford David Hunt Stafford ... Coach Tuley
Rodney Lay Rodney Lay ... Earl


Will Clark loves his job as radio announcer for the local high school football team, the Nowata Possums. He loves it so much that he continues announcing even after the town decides to cancel the football program. But when his imaginary teams starts to contend for the state championship, he not only must deal with the real state champs, but he must reckon with the hopes and dreams of the people of Nowata as well. Written by bob the moo

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Never let reality stand in your way.


Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for mild language






Release Date:

13 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma, USA See more »


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$1,400,000 (estimated)
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In contrast to the team portrayed in the movie, Nowata has a strong football tradition, having actually played for an Oklahoma Class 2A state championship in both 1995 (three years before the movie was made) and 2014. See more »

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27 December 2000 | by GlenrobSee all my reviews

"Possums" is formulaic, yet fantastic. An almost excessively cute film with a predictable ending, you'll like it nonetheless.

The "name" actors -- like Mac Davis, Andrew Prine, and Cynthia Sikes -- offer their usual, professional performances, but with that added enthusiasm which comes from really enjoying the story being told. Veterans like Clive Revill and Dennis Burkley are expertly cast in more minor roles. Also of note are a number of locals, folks like then-Nowata, Okla., newspaper publisher Ken Murnan and Coffeyville, Kan., musician Rodney Lay (formerly of Roy Clark's band) who took roles and gave credible performances. (I lived near the real-life town of Nowata, Okla., where this flick was shot.)

But most important here is the story -- a twist on the typical "local boy makes good" tale. The Nowata Possums don't exactly make "good," but in a town desperate for any sign of life from its high school football team, the boys make "good enough" for now, and finally offer Nowata a ray of hope for the future.

Heartwarming fun for the whole family, it deserves a whole lot more exposure than it has received.

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