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That Championship Season (1999)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 6 June 1999
Four former high school basketball champions and their coach come together annually to celebrate the year they won the Pennsylvania State Basketball Championship. But this year, instead of ... See full summary »


Paul Sorvino


Jason Miller (play), Jason Miller (teleplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Phil Romano
Terry Kinney ... James Daly
Tony Shalhoub ... George Sitkowski
Gary Sinise ... Tom Daley
Paul Sorvino ... Coach
Joe Bays ... Cop
Susan M. Carr ... Helen
Denise Kaye Denise Kaye ... Marion
Carol Lawrence ... Claire's Mother
Jerri Manthey ... Claire (as Jerri Lynn London)
Nick Risher Nick Risher ... James, Jr. (as Nicolas Risher)
Jeff Rogers Jeff Rogers ... Hammond Basketball Player
Bill Sorvino ... Clerk
Frank Lozano Frank Lozano ... Game Announcer (as Frank Rodriguez)
Louis L. Weiss Louis L. Weiss ... Old Violin Player


Four former high school basketball champions and their coach come together annually to celebrate the year they won the Pennsylvania State Basketball Championship. But this year, instead of the usual whimsical nostalgia they usually experience, the former friends and teammates unleash all their secrets on each other so that the foundation of their lives begins to crumble. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong language including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »


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6 June 1999 (USA) See more »

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Jason Miller was working as an actor on the set of The Exorcist (1973) and engrossed in his priest role when he was informed that he had won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for writing this film's source play "That Championship Season". See more »


Version of That Championship Season (1982) See more »

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12 June 1999 | by Tam-16See all my reviews

This movie is based on a play, and is the second adaptation of this work. Paul Sorvino plays the basketball coach of a team of players that against all odds took home the championship 20 years ago. They have all met for a reunion. Terry Kinney plays James, a Junior High principal, and will quickly get on your nerves with all his whining and feel sorry for me role. Vincent D'Onofrio, as Phil, plays an obnoxious businessman with just the right amount of "money" cockiness. Tony Shalhoub is George, the current Mayor of the town, and appears to be on the verge of some sort of breakdown. Gary Sinise plays Tom, a writer, turned alcoholic, and in my opinion, is excellent in the role. While they are all suppose to be celebrating their championship, conflicts, jealousy, and fighting abound. As the men come to terms with what was, and is now, they are forced to look at their lives in a non-pleasant way. It's unusual to have a group of men talking and crying about what could have been, and I found it interesting watching them relate to each other. It's not the best movie I've seen, but it's certainly good enough for a viewing.

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