An Olympic Gold medalist is hired to coach the boys basketball team. But when Coach Randy Rawlings arrives, the schools sexist principal discovers he hired a woman. Blocked from firing her due to discrimination laws, he tries to make sure the team loses, so he can fire her for poor performance.
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I found the DVD version of this movie at a rummage sale. The basicpremiseis an affair between a teacher/coach a student. The acting is weak andtheplot razor thin.This movie had all the depth and plot development of an adultfilm.
A high school principal (Keenan Wynn) with a losing basketball teamunwittingly hires a coach who turns out not only to be a gorgeous blondwoman (Cathy Lee Crosby) but a catalyst for their new winning ways. Areyou really surprised? Along the way a romance grows between the coachand the team's star player Jack (Michael Biehn). The police are nevernotified.Packaged along with other Crown International Pictures as a grindhousemovie really does this film no service. This can easily be edited intoa television movie of the week. Cathy Lee Crosby looks great as coachRandy Rawlings especially in her skimpy outfits but I expected morethan mere titillation from an R-rated film. A side plot involving adorky center who is hypnotized by his teammates into thinking he isformer NBA player Sydney Wicks is the actual reason for the team's newsuccess rather than Cathy Lee's coaching. Too much tease and not enoughsleaze makes this a major disappointment.
In this offering, BCI paired COACH with "The Beach Girls" as a "Welcometo the Grindhouse double feature." This film hardly belongs in thiscategory.A losing basketball team, a curmudgeon school administrator(brilliantly played by Keenan Wynn); and, an illicit affair between thecoach and a student about sums up this movie.In addition, while the main characters, played by Cathy Lee Crosby andMichael Biehn, work hard to make the film work, the filmmakers reallycreated something of a disappointment with COACH.Cathy Lee Crosby's character works well with the team. First, she showsthem who's the boss after her first practice. Then, she brings inoutside talent, pro basketball player Sidney Wicks. Finally; and,perhaps fate-fully, she participates in their ribald sing-a-long on thebus.By the way, how many times did Crown International Pictures use thatWoody Guthrie "Hey Lolly Lolly" tune anyway? In any case, the acting onthe part of the team members is capable as well as their basketballplaying.The score is heavy on the easy listening, romance ballads, which makesCOACH seem syrupy. The only exception is the funky "Go Stallions GO,"which played during the montage of their winning games. The musicreally served to heighten the intensity of the game play.But in the end, it's "Jabberwocky, Jabberwocky, Jabberwocky" that savesthe day.Overall, the movie is pretty light-hearted; and, hard to hate. I giveit a 5 out of 10 just for the e. e. cummings reference.
I watched this movie when I was a young lad full of raging hormones andit was about as sexy a movie as I had ever seen-or ever was to see. Itmay not have been a great movie. My guess is it wasn't. I don't reallyremember much about it, to tell you the truth. I only remember thesexual chemistry between Crosby and Biehn. No woman in ANY movie hasever done it for me as the unbelievably sexy Cathy did in this movie. Ihaven't seen it since that first time I caught it on TV in the 70s andI don't think I'd want to see it again since I'm sure it would be adisappointment-my hormones aren't as raging and I've become more jadedover the years. Still, when I think back on the shower scene I canstill remember how great it felt way back when.Added later: After watching the movie again, I discovered that it'sdangerous to go home again. What was once erotic is now pretty tame.The older woman-younger man thing still works for me, just not as muchas it once did, probably because I'm no longer a 12-year-old. Thatolder woman is now younger than I am. Also, the amateurishness of thewhole thing wasn't perceived by my twelve-year-old mind. Moral: Sometimes it's better not to revisit the past.