David Greene is a New York basketball enthusiast, who wants to coach. He is then offered the coaching job at a small Nevada college. He brings along some players, who are a bit odd but good. Like Swish who unknown to the rest of the team is a girl. Preacher, who's being sought by some nefarious characters. And D.C., who's a fugitive. And along with some of the students at the college, he turns them into a contender. In order to give the team the respect they deserve and some exposure, Greene schemes to try and get the number 1 team led by Bo Winnegar, to play them.
Gabe Kaplan's having a ball! - His dream team's got a preacher, a jailbird, a pool shark, a muscleman. And the best guy on the team is a girl.
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Did You Know?
In his 2009 non-fiction tome "The Book of Basketball", Bill Simmons discusses NBA superstar Bernard King's performance in this film. Simmons added in a footnote that when he talked to Gabe Kaplan about the film, "Kaplan said they had 60 days of filming and Bernard gave them 58 good ones. He didn't elaborate." See more
All I'm asking you to do is give the boy another chance. Sports is his life. You know, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
I've never known the thrill of victory.
CBS edited 21 minutes from this film for its 1980 network television premiere. See more
With You I'm Born Again
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Carol Connors
Performed by Billy Preston
Produced by James Di Pasquale
& David Shire
Courtesy of Motown Records See more