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Director Michael Ritchie heads to the gridiron for this good-natured comedy about Molly (Goldie Hawn), the daughter of a famed football coach who's dying to head her own team. When her wish is finally granted, Molly leaves her job coaching girl's track at an affluent junior high to take over a football team at an inner-city high school--the kind of place where guard dogs are needed to patrol the campus. At first the new coach's idealism and optimism are suffocated with racial and gender prejudice, but eventually her overriding spirit begins to whip her unruly teammates into shape. At the same time, she must also struggle to win a battle for the custody of her two young daughters.
Ritchie's experience combining action with comedy is on full display in WILDCATS, trading off tackles and jokes with a naturalism and ease that is universally crowd pleasing. The film also features a successful blend of veteran and rookie actors, including Nipsey Russell, Swoosie Kurtz, Woody Harrelson, and Wesley Snipes. However, it's Hawn who steals the show--as usual--as the determined and motivated Molly. Her uncanny ability to be humorous and dramatic within the same scene is what makes the film such an entertaining ride.
Woody Harrelson - Woody of TV's "Cheers"
Wesley Snipes - Actor, BLADE
Goldie Hawn - Oscar-winning actress, PRIVATE BENJAMIN, CACTUS FLOWER
Michael Ritchie - American Director/Producer
James Keach - Actor/Screenwriter/Producer
Bruce McGill - Star, BEHIND ENEMY LINES II: AXIS OF EVIL (2006)
M. Emmet Walsh - American Character Actor
Michael Emmet Walsh - American Character Actor
Nipsey Russell - American Comic Actor
LL Cool J - Actor/Rapper
James Todd Smith - Actor/Rapper
A petite teacher whose father was a coach gets a chance to follow in his footsteps when she is put in charge of an unruly inner city high school football team.
Theatrical release: February 14, 1986. Shot on location in Chicago, Illinois. WILDCATS features the film debut of both Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. WILDCATS was LL Cool J's second screen appearance, after his unforgettable debut in 1985's KRUSH GROOVE.
"...[Hawn] is fun to watch as she runs her team through aerobics and mugs for the camera..." - 02/05/1986 Variety
"...Good-natured....Ritchie is a clever director and, aided by a remarkably agile, endearing performance by Hawn, it's easy for us to identify with McGrath..." - 02/13/1986 Los Angeles Times, p.C1