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Wildcats (1986)

A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Ezra Sacks
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Molly
Swoosie Kurtz ... Verna
Robyn Lively ... Alice
Brandy Gold ... Marian
James Keach ... Frank
Jan Hooks ... Stephanie
Bruce McGill ... Darwell
Nipsey Russell ... Edwards
Mykelti Williamson ... Bird (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Tab Thacker ... Finch
Wesley Snipes ... Trumaine
Jsu Garcia ... Cerulo (as Nick Corri)
Woody Harrelson ... Krushinski
Willie J. Walton Willie J. Walton ... Marvel
Rodney Hill Rodney Hill ... Peanut
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Storyline

Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When the football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite expecting sniggers from fellow staff members and her former husband. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Her dream was to coach high school football. Her nightmare was Central High.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wildcats See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,472,905, 17 February 1986

Gross USA:

$26,285,544

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,285,544
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Debut of Wesley Snipes. See more »

Goofs

When coach McGrath is taking the Jackson High School mascot, a goat, back to Jackson High School, although she is alone in the van, you clearly see a hand holding onto the goat's leg so he doesn't move around. See more »

Quotes

Molly McGrath: I've got thing a under control. Just let *me* handle it.
Frank Needham: That is the joke of the year, Molly! Alice is passed out drunk, you're out partying, and these two
[indicating Trumaine and Marva]
Frank Needham: are *screwing* on your sofa.
Marva: We were NOT! Not when you came in we weren't.
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Connections

Referenced in Vintage Video: A Small Circle of Friends (1980) (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Hands
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Written by Hawk Wolinski and James Newton Howard
Produced by Hawk Wolinski, James Newton Howard and The Isley Brothers
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Funny movie, worth watching. Better than most out there.
22 March 2004 | by JONEFCSee all my reviews

I saw this on television once sometime on the late 1980s (I don't think the movie had been in theaters more than two or three years before). I liked it but haven't thought anything about it since. WILDCATS came on television this morning, and I started watching it to kill time before getting hooked on the goofy but likeable story. It is really a funny, cute movie.

First, let me say I am not a fan of football movies; however, I have enjoyed movies such as THE LONGEST YARD, NORTH DALLAS FORTY and AGAINST ALL ODDS (to name a few) where an interesting story and characters add life to an otherwise "sports film." Yes the football scenes are fun to watch, but what makes the movie truly watchable is the feeling Goldie adds to her character (like in PRIVATE BENJAMIN) plus the developing struggle between her ex-husband concerning her new career and raising of her children. Its predictable in many ways, but hey, it was nice to watch a movie that made me feel happy for a change (rather than depressed or confused as so many contemporary movies seem to do).


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