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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Sport | 4 March 1981 (Sweden)
The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners.

Director:

Gilbert Moses

Writers:

David Dashev (story), Jaison Starkes | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julius Erving ... Moses Guthrie
Jonathan Winters ... H.S. / Harvey Tilson
Meadowlark Lemon Meadowlark Lemon ... Rev. Grady Jackson
Jack Kehoe ... Setshot
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Himself
Margaret Avery ... Toby Millman
James Bond III ... Tyrone Millman
Michael V. Gazzo ... Harry the Trainer
Peter Isacksen Peter Isacksen ... Driftwood
Nicholas Pryor ... George Brockington
M. Emmet Walsh ... Wally Cantrell
Stockard Channing ... Mona Mondieu
Flip Wilson ... Coach 'Jock' Delaney
Marv Albert ... Himself (as Marvin Albert)
Debbie Allen ... Ola (as Debra Allen)
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Storyline

The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1981 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Basket Music See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,922, 4 November 1979

Gross USA:

$8,281,246

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,281,246
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tell Bill Simmons he is wrong on both explanations regarding Kareem's early departure from "Fish". The real explanation is that Kareem was sitting in D.P. Frank Stanley's directors chair. When Frank Stanley kindly asked Kareen for his seat back, Kareem responded by heaving the chair across the basketball court. That encounter marked the end of Kareem on "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh". See more »

Goofs

The score before the timeout of the last game was Los Angeles 101, Pittsburgh 91, but when the game resumed, the Pisces made well over ten field goals. Their victory should have been by a double-digit margin. See more »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
Music by Thom Bell
Lyrics by Casey James & LeRoy Bell (as Leroy M. Bell)
Performed by LeRoy Bell (as Bell) & Casey James (as James)
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I was a teen-age extra!
22 February 2000 | by tenor1See all my reviews

I was actually an extra in this movie, one of the worst sports movies ever made. I only did one day's worth of work and it was one of the most boring things I've ever experienced. I'm in the scene where someone supposedly puts helium in the basketballs and they float to the top of the Civic Arena. A crane (out of camera range) had thin wires attached to the balls. The director took about 10 takes of the scene. I thought I would lose my mind, trying to act surprised every time the balls "floated." When I saw the film I was shocked at how little screen time the shot got, but not as shocked at how bad the whole movie was. With a cast as good as it has you'd think they could save it, but the script was so bad even the great Stockard Channing couldn't help!


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