Celtic Pride

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Two basketball fans, whose enthusiasm overwhelms their intelligence, come up with a new but legally problematic way of helping their favorite team in this comedy. Physical education instructor Mike O'Hara Daniel Stern and plumber Jimmy Flaherty Dan Aykroyd are close friends and obsessive followers of the Boston Celtics; to them, the Celtics are everything, to the point where Mike's marriage is falling apart because his wife can't deal with his mood swings, hinged as they are on the Celtic's fortunes. One night, ...
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Two basketball fans, whose enthusiasm overwhelms their intelligence, come up with a new but legally problematic way of helping their favorite team in this comedy. Physical education instructor Mike O'Hara Daniel Stern and plumber Jimmy Flaherty Dan Aykroyd are close friends and obsessive followers of the Boston Celtics; to them, the Celtics are everything, to the point where Mike's marriage is falling apart because his wife can't deal with his mood swings, hinged as they are on the Celtic's fortunes. One night, with the Celtics and the Utah Jazz tied at three games each in the NBA championships, Mike and Jimmy spot Lewis Scott Damon Wayans in a sports bar. The star player with the Jazz, Lewis is known to sink up to 50 shots a game, and his talent on the court is exceeded only by his arrogance. Emboldened by alcohol, Mike and Jimmy start buying Lewis drinks, posing as Jazz fans; the next morning, they wake up hung over to discover that they kidnapped Lewis while drunk, and he's tied to a chair in Jimmy's living room. Neither of them planned on doing anything like this and at first they think they ought to let him go. But then again, if Lewis can't play the final game of the championship series, the Celtics chances look a lot brighter. Former Celtics star Larry Bird has a cameo as himself; as do sports heroes Bill Walton and Deion Sanders.
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Celtic Pride seems conceived as an homage to the outgoing Boston Garden, the site of 16 Boston Celtics world championships which was torn down two years after this film. It appears Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern's characters were meant as beloved tributes to an intensely passionate fan base, one that might go so far as to kidnap the star player of the opposing team -- kind of by accident, of course. That's a funny idea, and the movie actually plays out according to plan, more or less, during the first half. But Celtic Pride has huge problems in the third act -- or perhaps, the fourth quarter. Because it has an essentially good heart, resisting the urge to go the black comedy route, both the kidnappers and their quarry must learn something from the experience of being holed up in Aykroyd's memorabilia-festooned bachelor pad. But in that third act, those lessons get applied in a way that's morally confused at best, downright self-interested at worst. Plus, the film goes from amiably goofy to just plain silly, at about the point Lewis Scott (Damon Wayans) escapes the aforementioned bachelor pad prison but can't seem to outrun or outwit the two wheezing fortysomethings chasing him. In one of his earliest screenwriting efforts, Judd Apatow finds his best stride exploring the dynamics between the three men when they aren't actively threatening each other. Here, they engage in semi-interesting dialogues about why athletes hawk products and what it means to have passion for the game. But these moments are fleeting, with continuity errors and just plain carelessness (a 7-foot Croatian substituting for Scott's diminutive point guard?) using up a much larger portion of the shot clock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/1997
  • UPC: 786936010244
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Damon Wayans Lewis Scott
Daniel Stern Mike O'Hara
Dan Aykroyd Jimmy Flaherty
Gail O'Grady Carol
Adam Hendershott Tommy
Paul Guilfoyle Kevin O'Grady
Bill Walton Bill Walton
Christopher McDonald Coach Kimball
Larry Bird Himself
Vladimir Cuk Lurch
Technical Credits
Tom DeCerchio Director
Judd Apatow Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Roger Burnbaum Producer
Ferne Cassel Casting
Hubert de la Bouillerie Editor
Curt Frisk Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Glickman Executive Producer
Mary Claire Hannan Costumes/Costume Designer
Dina Lipton Art Director
Al Manzer Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Marsh Production Designer
Basil Poledouris Score Composer, Songwriter
Colin Quinn Screenwriter
Charles Schlissel Executive Producer
Michael Waxman Asst. Director
Oliver Wood Cinematographer
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