That Championship Season (1999 film)

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That Championship Season
Genre Drama
Written by Jason Miller
Directed by Paul Sorvino
Starring Vincent D'Onofrio
Terry Kinney
Tony Shalhoub
Gary Sinise
Paul Sorvino
Theme music composer Larry Blank
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Gary Sinise
Producer(s) Steve Greener
Jeremiah Samuels (co-producer)
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Editor(s) Leo Trombetta
Running time 130 minutes
Production company(s) MGM Television
Distributor MGM
Original release
  • June 6, 1999 (1999-06-06)

That Championship Season is a 1999 television film about a four members of a championship high school basketball team, along with their coach, that reunite 20 years later. The film is based on Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name. Sorvino assumes the role played by Robert Mitchum in the original film, with D'Onofrio in his role from that presentation.


Phil (D'Onofrio), James (Kinney), George (Shalhoub), and Tom (Sinise) meet 20 years after their championship high school game at a special reunion at their high school. Afterwards, they decide to visit the home of their old coach (Sorvino). While at first it seems they are all having a few harmless drinks, the night soon takes a violent turn as several things are realized; Phil is having an affair with George's wife, George (who is running for mayor) is firing James, who is his campaign chairman, and Tom has become a reeling drunk. With the help of their old Coach, the men try to put their lives back together—but the Coach proves to be nothing they believed him to have been, and worse than no help; in fact, his involvement with each of the men's lives proves to have done them all much more harm than good. This is particularly glaring because of the refusal of the star player, who still hates the Coach after all these years, to attend the reunion.

Featured cast[edit]

Actor Role
Vincent D'Onofrio Phil Romano
Terry Kinney James Daly
Carol Lawrence Claire's Mother
Jerri Manthey Claire (as Jerri Lynn London)
Tony Shalhoub George Sitkowski
Gary Sinise Tom Daley
Paul Sorvino Coach

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