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Director  Sean S. Cunningham
Duration  
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Family
Language  English
Mannys Orphans movie poster
Writer  Victor Miller, Steve Miner
Release date  1978

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Manny's Orphans (also known as Kick!) is a 1978 American family comedy film directed by Sean S. Cunningham. The film was also distributed under the title Kick!.

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Manny s orphans title sequence


Plot

Manny (Jim Baker) coaches soccer for the fashionable Creighton Hall school, but is relieved of duty because he is "not a good match" for the school. He finds a job at a Catholic home for orphans, where he forms a new soccer team, with the help of one very good player, Pepe, who turns out to be a girl. Pepe is the sister of one of the orphans, who comes to the all-boy orphanage posing as a boy, because her former foster home was an abusive environment.

Along the way, Manny has incurred a gambling debt, his creditors begin to lean on him, and the boys find out. They set up a soccer game and stake the outcome against Manny's debt. If they win, then the debt shall be forgiven.

Cast

  • Jim Baker – Manny
  • Malachy McCourt – Father Arch McCoy
  • Chet Doherty – Dr. Berryman
  • Sel Skolnick – Mr. Caputo
  • Xavier Rodrigo – Raoul
  • Melissa Valentin – Pepe
  • Ari Lehman – Roger
  • Production

    Of the film, writer Victor Miller said: "Steve Miner came up with the idea for it and I wrote the screenplay and we did it, another low-budget film [along with Here Come the Tigers], and shot it around Bridgeport, Connecticut."

    Director Cunningham said: "We had this notion of a bunch of orphans in a halfway house, they put together a soccer team and the underdog wins. So we raised the money to do what became known as Manny's Orphans. It was a lot of fun to make, and again I loved working with the kids. I really thought it was going to be a breakthrough film for me." Cunningham also maintains that the reaction was "lukewarm", and although United Artists optioned it as a pilot for a TV series, they did not buy it.

    References

    Manny's Orphans Wikipedia
    Mannys Orphans IMDb Mannys Orphans themoviedb.org


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