Mighty Ducks

Mighty Ducks

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Director: Stephen Herek

Cast: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith

     
 

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This fill-in-the-blanks children's comedy from Disney was such a success that it spawned a number of fill-in-the-blanks sequels -- along with a real-life professional hockey team. The basic story -- outcast coach handles a team of outcast kids and turns them from losers into winners -- has been told in a number of films, including Wildcats, The Bad NewsSee more details below

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This fill-in-the-blanks children's comedy from Disney was such a success that it spawned a number of fill-in-the-blanks sequels -- along with a real-life professional hockey team. The basic story -- outcast coach handles a team of outcast kids and turns them from losers into winners -- has been told in a number of films, including Wildcats, The Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, and Youngblood. Here the sport is hockey. Emilio Estevez is Gordon Bombay, a high-powered lawyer haunted by an incident from his past: while playing pee-wee league hockey as a child, young Gordon missed a crucial shot in the state finals game, invoking the wrath of his coach, Mr. Reilly (Lane Smith). When Gordon is arrested for drunk driving, the judge orders him to take a leave of absence and coach a hockey team of misfit kids. At first, Gordon treats the coaching job with contempt. But when his team loses to a team led by his old coach Reilly, the fire under Gordon is lit. Inspired, he leads his team on a mission to succeed. The team begins to win games and soon they are ready to face Reilly's team for the big championship game.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Disney mines familiar territory with The Mighty Ducks. A motley collection of stereotypical misfits and outsiders (the tough girl, the fat kid, the brooding bully with the big talent) gel together with the help of a coach who does not want the job, but warms to it after growing feelings for the kids. That the film works as well as it does is a direct result of the charm of the actors. Emilio Estevez never acts above the material, and the kids are cute if not terribly memorable (although Joshua Jackson would become famous years later on Dawson's Creek). This film is competent enough to work very well for young viewers who are unfamiliar with the generic story line, and the direction and acting are good enough to make it possible for adults to sit through it. The surprise hit spawned numerous sequels, and probably had more than a little bit to do with Disney buying a real NHL franchise that they named the Mighty Ducks.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1997
UPC:
0717951585035
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emilio Estevez Gordon Bombay
Joss Ackland Hans
Lane Smith Coach Reilly
Heidi Kling Casey
Josef Sommer Gerald Ducksworth
Joshua Jackson Charlie Conway
Schumacher Garth Arresting Cop
Jacqueline Kim Jane
Vincent Larusso Adam Banks
Brock Pierce Gordon-Age 10
Renee Rousselot Actor
Daniel Tamberelli Tommy
Hal Fort Atkinson Philip Banks
Shaun Weiss Goldberg
M.C. Gainey Lewis
Matt Doherty Les Averman
Brandon Adams Jesse Hall
J.D. Daniels Peter
Aaron Schwartz Dave Karp
Garette Ratliff Henson Guy Germaine
Marguerite Moreau Connie
Jane Plank Tammy
Jussie Smollett Terry Hall
Michael Ooms McGill
Casey Garven Larson
Basil McRae Himself
Michael Modano Himself
John Beasley Mr. Hall
Stephen Dowling Referee
Robert Pall Gordon's Father
John Paul Gamoke Mr. Tolbert
George Coe Judge Weathers
Dale Dunham Jury Foreman
Barbara Davidson Jeannie
Brad Peterson Cardinals Coach
John Oliver Cardinals Goal
Joe Howard Court Clerk
Scott Bryan 1st Cardinal
Peter L. Mullin Referee
Mark Bradley Science Teacher
Bill Schoppert Official
Claudia Wilkens Principal
Jack White & His All-Stars Utitity Ref
Peter Syvertsen Paramedic
Bob Miller Announcer
Elden Ratliff Fulton Reed
Steven Brill Frank Huddy

Technical Credits
Stephen Herek Director
Jon Avnet Producer
Jack Ballance Set Decoration/Design
Larry Bock Editor
Steven Brill Screenwriter
Seth Cirker Asst. Director
Martin Huberty Co-producer
Jordan Kerner Producer
John F. Link Editor
Lynn M. Morgan Co-producer
David Newman Score Composer
Grania Preston Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
Randy Ser Production Designer
Randy Suhr Asst. Director
Jeanne Van Phue Makeup
Douglas E. Wise Asst. Director

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