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Coach (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Sport | 17 March 1978 (USA)
A town hires an Olympic track star named Randy Rawlings to coach the high school basketball team. Randy is hired sight unseen and the town does not know Randy is a woman. The town immediately tries to force her out as soon as she arrives.

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Bud Townsend
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Randy Rawlings
Michael Biehn ... Jack Ripley
Keenan Wynn ... Fenton 'F.R.' Granger
Channing Clarkson Channing Clarkson ... Bradley William David Granger
Steve Nevil Steve Nevil ... Ralph
Jack David Walker Jack David Walker ... Ned
Meridith Baer ... Janet
Myron McGill Myron McGill ... Danny
Robyn Pohle Robyn Pohle ... Candy
Kristine Greco Kristine Greco ... Darlene
Brent Huff ... Keith
Cindy Daly Cindy Daly ... Wanda
Rosanne Katon ... Sue
Lenka Novak ... Marilyn
Otto Felix Otto Felix ... Tom
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Storyline

An Olympic Gold medalist is hired to coach the boys' basketball team. But when Coach Randy Rawlings arrives, the school's sexist principal discovers that he has hired a woman. Blocked from firing her by discrimination laws, he tries to make sure the team loses so he can fire her for poor performance. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Her team's the best. They just don't know it yet See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swinging Coach See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marimark Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

Angel Tompkins was originally considered to play the lead, but was eventually dropped when she insisted on having some creative input on the script. See more »

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Janet: [after receiving a rose from a suitor who puts it in the glass in front of her] Ralph, that's beautiful, but how could you put it in my ginger ale?
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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My High School
Words, Music and Performed by Anthony Harris
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OK time-killer, nothing more or less.
18 June 2000 | by Pinback-4See all my reviews

This movie is about a very sexy Olympic track star who is hired to coach a high school boys' basketball team. Similar to Goldie Hawn's WILDCATS, it stars Cathy Lee Crosby in the title role, and she does as about as well as the script allows. I think Racquel Welch would have been a better choice, but considering the film's apparent TV movie budget, they probably couldn't afford her. Cathy Lee does look great in every shot, but we never get to see her completely nude. The story is pretty predictable, to say the least, offering no surprises. A young and lucky Michael Biehn has the male lead role. He is the star on the team and also the love interest for Cathy Lee. Keenan Wynn has a few amusing scenes as the rich old man who runs the athletic program and doesn't think a woman should coach sports. This point is brought up throughout the film, and, needless to say, is dated. Ironically, Cathy Lee doesn't put her team through any unorthodox practice sessions; she doesn't do anything a male coach wouldn't do. There is a funny subplot involving a tall and not-so-bright player who undergoes hypnosis in order to pass his classes and play like pro basketball player Sydney Wicks. It looks like everyone had a good time making this film, but the only real reason to see it is for Cathy Lee Crosby. She's not that great an actress, but she has a dazzling smile, beautiful hair, and a very tan body.


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