Gus (1976 film)

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Gus (1976 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Produced by Ron W. Miller
Screenplay by Arthur Alsberg
Don Nelson
Story by Ted Key
Starring Don Knotts
Edward Asner
Gary Grimes
Tim Conway
Harold Gould
Tom Bosley
Louise Williams
Dick Butkus
Music by Robert F. Brunner
Cinematography Frank V. Phillips
Edited by Robert Stafford
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release dates
  • July 7, 1976 (1976-07-07)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $21,873,000

Gus is a 1976 American film by Walt Disney Productions. Its center character is Gus, a football-playing mule.[1][2]


Gus is a film about a football-kicking mule ("Gus") and his trainer "Andy" (Gary Grimes).

The film opens with a soccer game, and the Petrovic family watching their son Stepjan win the soccer game. Their other son Andy Petrovic works on his farm in Yugoslavia, and can't play soccer at all. A soccer ball is behind his mule, Gus. After saying that he never wants to see a soccer ball again, Gus kicks the soccer ball a long distance. Andy tries it with him and he says, "Oyage!" and Gus kicks the ball. [Note: there is fierce debate in the Gus fan community re the spelling of "Oyage." Some spell it "Oyatch!," while others give it a more Yugoslavian-sounding "Ojigdz!"]

Meanwhile, the California Atoms are a team that cannot do anything right. Debbie Kovac, a woman with Yugoslavian parents gets the Yugoslavian papers, and once Hank Cooper and Coach Venner find out about Gus, they want him over. So with that, Andy and Gus fly over to California and Gus' kicking of the football gets them to agree to let them join the team.


Film information[edit]

The film did well and was released on home video in 1981. The movie is remembered for two sequences involving a hotel and a supermarket.

This is the only one of their five films together where Don Knotts and Tim Conway do not share any scenes.

Johnny Unitas appears as a commentator with Bob Crane (in his last feature film appearance) supplying the play-by-play during the football broadcasts. Dick Enberg did the play-by-play for the local games.

The name "Hank Cooper" was later used in the Disney film The Love Bug as the name of the mechanic who meets Herbie (played by Bruce Campbell). Don Knotts co-starred with Dean Jones in the film Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.

Gus would be the last feature film in the short career of then 20-year old Grimes, and the final film appearance of Virginia O'Brien.


  1. ^ "Gus (1976) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Roger Ebert (13 July 1976). "Gus". Retrieved 3 November 2014. 

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