Watch The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh tells the story of a down-on-its-luck basketball team that reaches the championship game after embracing astrology. The cult favorite is noted for the film debut of basketball great Julius “Dr J” Erving in the lead role as Fish superstar Moses Guthrie. Other NBA greats of the day also make appearances (Former Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for example, makes a cameo as himself). At the same time, a few present-day stars make notable substantial first appearances in Fish. Three include Stockard Channing, Debbie Allan, and Simpsons favorite Harry Shearer.

The Pittsburgh Pythons are having a losing season and is the laughing stock of an NBA-type league. Superstar Moses is disgruntled, and most of the other players want to quit.

But team ball-boy Tyrone Millman (James Bond III) thinks he has the answer: Create a team of players all born under superstar Moses' astrology sign of Pisces.

Everyone first thinks Tyrone’s idea is absurd. But team owners and fans embrace the concept under the tutelage of astrologer Mona Mondieu (Channing). The team rejuvenates and plays its way to a championship game.

Along the way, romance is supplied when Moses falls for Tyrone’s sister Toby (Margaret Avery)At the same time, a multitude of actors, comedians and singers show up as comic relief. And plenty of basketball footage keeps things humming.

Many call The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh’s soundtrack a triumph. It made a splash with disco performed by the Sylvers and the Spinners and produced by Tom Bell, known as the father of the so-called “Philadelphia Style” soul music.

The film also has an appearance by well-known Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri as himself, hosting the fictional NBA team at a rally and shaking hands with Julius Erving.

PG
| 1979 | 1 hr 42 min | 5.2/10 | 40/100
Cast
Julius Erving, Jonathan Winters, Meadowlark Lemon, Jack Kehoe
Language
English
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Also directed by Gilbert Moses

Also starring Jonathan Winters

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