Wildcats (film)

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Wildcats moviePoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Ritchie
Produced byAnthea Sylbert
Written byEzra Sacks
Music byJames Newton Howard
CinematographyDonald E. Thorin
Edited byRichard A. Harris
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 14, 1986 (1986-02-14)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$26,285,544 (United States)[1]

Wildcats is a 1986 American sports comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie starring Goldie Hawn, James Keach and Swoosie Kurtz, and is also the film debut of Wesley Snipes, Kevin Reeder and Woody Harrelson.


Molly McGrath is the daughter of a famed football coach who is dying to head her own team. When her wish is finally granted, Molly leaves her job coaching girls' track at an affluent high school (Prescott High School) to take over a football team at an inner-city Chicago high school (Central 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 team into shape. At the same time, she must also struggle to win a battle for the custody of her two young daughters. The real test for Molly comes when her Central High team faces Prescott in the city championship.



The film used Lane Technical College Prep High School football stadium for some of their shots.


The film was critically panned by critics and the audience alike.[2][3] In 2014, the movie was mentioned by Keli Goff in The Daily Beast in an article concerning white savior narratives in film.[4]

Box office[edit]

The film debuted at No. 4.[5]


  1. ^ "Wildcats (1986)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Wildcats". Variety. 1985-12-31. Retrieved 2010-12-26.
  3. ^ "Wildcats". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2010-12-26.
  4. ^ Goff, Keli (May 4, 2014). "Can 'Belle' End Hollywood's Obsession with the White Savior?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "New Movies Make Inroads At Box Office". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-26.

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