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Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet…

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.6/10 (5,212 voted)

Michael Ritchie

Stars: Goldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz, Robyn Lively

Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When the football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite expecting sniggers from fellow staff members and her former husband.


Goldie Hawn

Molly McGrath

Swoosie Kurtz

Verna McGrath

Robyn Lively

Alice Needham

Brandy Gold

Marian Needham

James Keach

Frank Needham

Jan Hooks

Stephanie Needham

Bruce McGill

Dan Darwell

Nipsey Russell

Ben Edwards

Mykelti Williamson

Levander 'Bird' Williams

(as Mykel T. Williamson)

Tab Thacker

Phillip Finch

Wesley Snipes


Jsu Garcia


(as Nick Corri)

Woody Harrelson


Willie J. Walton


Rodney Hill


Her dream was to coach high school football. Her nightmare was Central High.

Release Date: 14 February 1986

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Opening Weekend: $5,472,905
(17 February 1986)

Gross: $26,285,544

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Did You Know?


Film debut of Woody Harrelson.


Krushinski is just demoted from starting quarterback. He mentions to Molly that he makes a great slot back. The next scene is of a slot back making a great run, only the slot back is black. He gets tackled and when he gets up you see a very white Krushinski with the ball.


Dan Darwell:
I hate football.

User Review

One of the better sports comedies from the 1980's…

Rating: 8/10

WILDCATS was a funny and entertaining comedy with Goldie Hawn at the
top of her form as a high school track coach, who wants more than
anything to coach football (her late father was a football coach). She
finally gets the opportunity to coach a high school football team at a
tough inner city high school where the majority of the students are
Africa American or Latino. Of course, Goldie's Molly McGrath meets the
obvious resentments from high school boys that you would expect finding
out their new coach is a woman, but she does eventually win them over,
even at the risk of losing custody of her two daughters to her uptight
ex-husband (James Keach). Nothing new or inventive here but Goldie
lights up the screen presenting a smart yet flawed character trying to
live her dream. Nipsey Russell has one of the best roles of his career
as the principal of the school that hires her and there are some very
funny moments provided by the members of the team, especially Woody
Harrelson, Nick Corri, and in a star-making turn, a very young Wesley
Snipes. Bruce McGill scores as a sexist coach from the opposing school,
Prescott and Jan Hooks has some cute moments as GOldie's ex-husband's
new girlfriend. I love the scene where Goldie outruns the boys on the
team and calls them "pussies" and the rap song over the closing credits
is hysterically funny. A terrific feel-good comedy starring a great
actress at the zenith of her personal charm.