"Worse than your pants: that's how bad the call was!"
- Eddie (WHOOPI GOLDBERG), to a referee.
"The Knicks were winning when I was mayor."
- FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR ED KOCH
"Who the hell do you guys think you are'... These little kids think you guys are heroes -- stupid them!"
- Eddie (WHOOPI GOLDBERG), to members of her team who refuse to sign autographs for a bunch of youngsters.
"It' s the NBA -- No Buttheads Allowed, but you keep coming back."
- Eddie (WHOOPI GOLDBERG), to Coach Bailey (DENNIS FARINA).
I'm about 165 in NBA years."-- Nate Wilson (JOHN SALLEY). "What is that in dog years'"
- Eddie (WHOOPI GOLDBERG).
USA Today - 05/31/1996
"...It's fun....[Goldberg is] incredibly relaxed and happy..."
Variety - 06/03/1996
"...[Goldberg gives a] wholehearted and likable performance..."
New York Times - 05/31/1996
"...Ms. Goldberg has everything it takes....EDDIE is savvy and good-humored..."
A female cabbie who's a die-hard New York Knicks fan gets the chance of a lifetime when she's named head coach for a day for winning a halftime free-throw contest. In a wild publicity stunt, the flamboyant owner gives her the job full-time. Through a combination of enthusiasm, motherly instinct and sheer determination, she transforms the last-place hoopsters into a winning team. Features appearances by more than four dozen real-life NBA stars.
Wisecracking Eddie is probably the New York Knicks' biggest fan -- and she's got the mouth to prove it. She's always at the home games, jeering the lowly team's head coach. One night, Eddie wins a contest and is named the team's honorary coach. This leads to bigger and better things, for after the team's owner fires Coach Bailey, he gives the job to Eddie, to her shock and delight. Having no coaching experience, Eddie sets out to earn the respect of her players and transform them into winners. Does she have enough gumption, skill and luck to make her dreams come true'
Big City |
Switching Roles |
Released theatrically in the USA May 31, 1996.
Color by Technicolor.
Additional cast: Lisa Ann Walter (Claudine); Rick Fox (Terry Hastings); Dwayne Schintzius (Ivan Radovadovitch); Greg Ostertag (Joe Sparks); Mark Jackson; Walt Frazier; Rudolph Giuliani; Chris Berman; Sirajul Islam; Mujibar Rahman; Anthony Mason and John Starks.
Additional credits: Glenn (Doc) Rivers (basketball consultant) and Patrick Capone (second-unit camera).