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Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon [VHS] (1998)

Tony Danza , Jessica Tuck , Tim Kelleher  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Danza, Jessica Tuck, Art LaFleur, Jaime Cardriche, Julie Stewart
  • Directors: Tim Kelleher
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: August 25, 1998
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0788812432
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Philadelphia garbageman who develops his leg muscles from kicking the hydraulic lever on his truck is discovered by the Philadelphia Eagles and signed by them to become a kicker.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dis Movees FANTestic August 22, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
If there ever was a movie which truly made point of expressing the heart and soul of Philadelphia, it's the Trash Picking Field Goal Kicking something or other. Following the path of many Italian American actors such as Sidney Poitier, Reb Brown, and Rip Taylor; Tony Danza gave a performance which screamed OSCAR! Unfortunately, the Academy was in the midst of dealing with Titanic and couldnt be disturbed when Mr. Danza took a tape of the film to the Academy's Doorstep. Bravo Mr. Danza, you've lit the flame for young Italian American actors who are semi-retarded, one phrase describes you...SIMPLY THE BEST I look forward to your guest appearance in the next Angels in the Outfield movie as well as the ten year reunion of Whose The Boss? ..."Whose the boss Mr. Danza?" YOU ARE! -TonyDanzaIsMyDad
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Football Frolic October 29, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
We enjoy movies about underdogs, and this movie with its overly long title is no exception. Tony Danza is Philadelphia garbage man Barney Gorman, who has developed incredible leg strength by kicking a hydraulic control handle on his garbage truck, named Ethel. When Philadelphia Eagles' recruiter Wendy Fox (Julie Stewart) spots Barney kicking water bottles incredible distances, she gets the idea to add Barney to the team. At the time the Eagles were doing poorly and their kicker was missing easy field goals and extra points (according to this movie - I have no clue as to how the real Eagles were doing at that point).

Barney becomes an instant celebrity as he embodies the spirit of every person who has ever dreamed of playing for a professional football team. However, Barney encounters significant resistance from Coach Rogenheimer (Art LaFleur) and his team mates, including huge Bubba (Jaime Cardriche), who look down on this non-professional. As the movie progresses we see Barney gain the respect of his team mates and his coach, and we see Barney lose the respect of his family, his friends and eventually his fans. Of course, this is a Disney movie and we know that somehow things will come to some kind of satisfactory ending.

This made-for-tv movie is different because it combines the usual incredible aspects of a Disney movie with genuine human behavior. In his own way Barney Gorman cares about people and they care about him. Barney is well liked and is that kind of person that we all think of as a nice guy. When Barney manages to disappoint his son, then his fans, and finally his wife, we see that fame and fortune have changed Barney from a nice guy to a slightly greedy person who has gotten lost in his own fame.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Football Movie February 20, 2002
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Barney Gorman (Danza) is a garbage man (sanitation engineer) for the City of Philadelphia. His garbage truck (Ethel) is old and has a problematic hydraulic unit. Barney has developed quite a leg, of necessity, from kicking the lift lever to make it operate. His wife Marie, (Jessica Tuck a/k/a Jillian on "Judging Amy) is an assistant at a local hospital. His son is embarrassed when his Dad shows up at the school for "Career Day" (kind of like parental occupational Show & Tell) reeking of garbage and exhibiting a dead, well-taxidermed rat.
The Philadelphia Eagles are having a mediocre year - to the chagrin of their new owner who is trying to prevail on local government to build him a new stadium. (If you live in Minnesota, this part will sound WAY too familiar.) While looking for possible new sites for the stadium, the owner sees a disgruntled Barney kicking empy containers out of the garbage dump, and, as they say in other movies "A Star is Born."
Kids will enjoy teammate Bubba's exercise routine. The rib-eating contest - to the accompaniment of the theme song of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is fun too (somewhat reminded this viewer of Paul Newman's egg escapade in "Cool Hand Luke.")
This is a Disney film- not Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday." It's a fun, albeit sanitized, view of the NFL. The team drinks Diet Coke™, and for a raucous night out on the town, drives around singing "Working at the Car Wash." But there are lessons to be learned here for young and old. Danza's rousing halftime locker room speech is sentiment that all NFL players and employees would do well to heed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Disney Flick April 21, 2014
By Eric
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This is a fun and entertaining Disney film but it's all too obvious a TV movie and follows a too formulaic plot. The cast manages to hold up through the films lulls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Danza at his best January 8, 2014
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Whenever I'm feeling down, I throw this film into my VCR. It always brightens up my day. This is Tony Danza's magnum opus. Brilliant Movie!
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