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Manny's Orphans (1978)

| Comedy, Family
Manny coaches soccer for the fashionable Creighton Hall school, but is relieved of duty because he is 'not a good match' for the school. He finds a job at a Catholic home for orphans, where... See full summary »


Sean S. Cunningham


Victor Miller, Steve Miner (story) (as Stephen Miner)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Malachy McCourt ... Father Arch McCoy
Chet Doherty Chet Doherty ... Dr. Berryman
Sel Skolnick Sel Skolnick ... Mr. Caputo
Xavier Rodrigo Xavier Rodrigo ... Raoul
Melissa Valentin Melissa Valentin ... Pepe
Ari Lehman ... Roger
Michael Brown Michael Brown ... Billy
Rouviere Santana Rouviere Santana ... Petey
Michael Moses Michael Moses ... Harry
David Schmalholz David Schmalholz ... Bobby
Max McClellan Max McClellan ... Tony
Richard Ross Richard Ross ... Joey
Jay Schmalholz Jay Schmalholz ... Eddie
Ted Oyama Ted Oyama ... Lee
John Crocket John Crocket ... Scoop


Manny coaches soccer for the fashionable Creighton Hall school, but is relieved of duty because he is 'not a good match' for the school. He finds a job at a Catholic home for orphans, where he forms a new soccer team, with the help of one very good player Pepe who turns out to be a girl. 'Pepe' is the sister of one of the orphans, who comes to the all-boy orphanage posing as a boy, because her former foster home was an abusive environment. Along the way, Manny has incurred a gambling debt, his creditors begin to lean on him, and the boys find out. They set up a soccer game and stake the outcome against Manny's debt. If they win, the debt will be forgiven. Written by Gerald Jones <gpjones@usc.edu>

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Comedy | Family







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Filming Locations:

Westport, Connecticut, USA


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$400,000 (estimated)
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Sean S. Cunningham Films See more »
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Did You Know?


12-year-old Ari Lehman who played Roger reunited again with Sean S. Cunningham two years later for a very special part in the original Friday the 13th. Young Ari's claim to fame? He was the first actor to play Jason Voorhees - the notorious killer of camp crystal lake. In the first Friday the 13th the killer is actually Jason's mother played by Betsy Palmer, but Jason makes a brief but very memorable appearance at the very end of the film when he jumps from beneath the water and pulls lone survivor Alice from her canoe. A jump scare that had audiences literally jumping from their seats. That young, disfigured Jason was played by Ari Lehman. Pretty cool gig for a 14 year old. See more »

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Not Funny
6 April 2001 | by peesweepSee all my reviews

Usually films about Soccer don't work - Escape to Victory is a perfect example, but nothing is as bad as Manny's Orphans (which I think was relased in the UK as "Kick!") Most films about soccer are mostly British. Now America is not a soccer palyinmg nation, so when they come to make a film on soccer, it fails!

This is about a soccer coach who leaves his job coaching at a private school, he then becomes coach at an orphanage! Eventually his new team play his old school in the final.

The orphanage is ran ban a priest, the actor that plays the priest has the worst put on Irish accent that I have ever heard in my life!

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