Gus 1976 G CC

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A cast of comedy pros, including the hilarious Don Knotts and Tim Conway, make this Disney classic a sure winner!

Starring:
Edward Asner, Don Knotts
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Gus

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Genres Sports, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Vincent McEveety
Starring Edward Asner, Don Knotts
Supporting actors Gary Grimes, Tim Conway, Louise Williams, Dick Van Patten, Ronnie Schell, Bob Crane, Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Harold Gould, Tom Bosley, Titos Vandis, Hanna Hertelendy, Liam Dunn, Virginia O'Brien, Kenneth Tobey, Irwin Charone, Timothy Brown, Jackson Bostwick
Studio Walt Disney Studios
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The kids would love that movies.
Dave
I didn't realize that I really do not like Don Knotts, so the movie did not do anything for me.
Claudia Castillo
Great fun movie for the who family!
Heidi

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2003
Format: DVD
The California Atoms need a miracle. They've been in last place for so long that they have very few fans in the stadium for football games. In a desperate attempt to build attendance, the owner, Mr. Cooper, flies over Gus, a mule from Yugoslavia that kicks field goals. Soon, the mule and his owner Andy are being used to score points in the games. In an attempt to keep the team, Mr. Cooper makes a bet with his creditor that if the team wins the Super Bowl, he can keep the team. But the creditor won't make it easy. As the season progresses, the stakes get higher and the laughs get louder.
Sure, this is a completely unrealistic movie. And you can probably guess every single plot point long before it happens. But this is another case of having so much fun getting there that you really don't care. I watched this movie many times as a kid, but hadn't watched it for years until recently. I was laughing right from the start, and the final scene made me laugh just as hard as it always did. I do wonder how some of the big name cast (like Tom Bosley and Ed Asner) got talked into this movie, but they do a great job and it's great fun as a result.
The DVD, on the other hand, could have been better. Even though the package doesn't admit to it, this film was obviously originally widescreen, and the cut made for this DVD is bad. Usually I don't notice too much of a difference, but here people were often half on the screen and it was obvious we were missing bits of the action because of the edit. The picture quality could have also used a little sprucing up, with grain showing up on a fairly regular basis. It's noticeable, but not enough to truly detract from the film.
If you're in the mood to laugh, this is the film for you. If you already have the VHS, there's no reason to rush out to upgrade. If you don't already own it, the DVD is a fine additional to any movie collection. Unfortunately, this is probably the best we'll ever get for this film.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mad-Dog on February 9, 2005
Format: DVD
OK, so this is not an Oscar level movie but, whats wrong with that? As a kid growing up I loved these flicks from Disney. And, it's a blast to watch them with my kids. I recently saw Million Dollar Baby and came out of the theater feeling like crap even though that's an Oscar level movie. When I watched GUS with my kids, I felt great al the way through and afterwards.

The scenes with the late Bob Crane and Johnny Unitas are hilarious. Don Knotts is great too as well as Ed Asner. I also enjoyed telling my kids about the old drive-in movies during that section and how we would put speakers in our car and also light up those mosquito repelling coils that the snack bar would sell. We forget that the kids don't know about such things. Having Richard Kiel show up inside that VW after Dick Butkus raps on the door was a great touch.

Bottom line, Gus wasn't given the best treatment on DVD, but it's still worth renting and watching when you want to for get all the crap of today. And the little ones will love it!

Now for the new Disney. You guys suck! This was a widescreen movie that deserved to be remastered and offered the same way on DVD. Like Universal's treatment of "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. That one was well done. The Disney of today has none of the values of the Disney of old and we might as well face up to it. They've even take some movies originally formatted as 4:3, lopped off the top and bottom and called it widescreen. And, where is Song of the South??!!!!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 28, 2003
Format: DVD
UPDATE: When I first reviewed this I gave it fewer stars due to the poor job they did on the DVD. I give the movie itself 3.5 stars. The web site won't let me fix the amount I put in, but they used to let you change stars when you edited a review. The DVD release at this time does not seem to have improved sound or a re-mastered picture, nor does it include extras such as the trailer, interviews with actors, or a cartoon. Worst of all the huge widescreen shots that Disney made in the stadium are ruined by the lack of widescreen. It may be cheaper for now to buy the VHS or keep yours, plus you send a message to manufacturers that you will not pay DVD prices for a quick buck project.

FILM REVIEW: The California Atoms NFL football team is facing yet another season in last place until they stumble upon a mule named Gus that can kick field goals. Andy Petrovic is brought from Yugoslavia (Gary Grimes) along his mule Gus to kick football as half time entertainment, Andy's brother is a big soccer hero back in his homeland. The owner of the team, Hank Cooper (Ed Asner), hopes the mule can increase the poor attendance. The Coach (Don Knotts who also starred in the "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and its sequel, "...Rides Again", "Hot Lead and Cold Feet", and "No Deposit, No Return");) is so impressed he puts the mule on the team. No one seems to mind if the team that is the joke of the league wants to humiliate themselves a bit more, that is until they learn that the mule can nail 100 yard kicks right between the goalposts. The team begins winning game after game. Since the rule book does not say anything about mules, he gets to stay despite protests. "Gus Day" is announced but our mule hero has a bit much to drink and ruins his own ceremony.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey C. Reynolds on November 18, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Let me start with my favorite part of the picture: imagine Tom Bosley and Tim Conway as partners in crime. This team-up is as good on celluiod as it is on paper.

The funny thing is that basic unknowns Gary Grimes and Liberty Williams play the major characters. However, the supporting cast is full of stars, all of which are at their best. In addition to Bosley and Conway, other cast members include Ed Asner, Harold Gould, and Don Knotts.

When the movie first came out, I did not have any interest in the movie. (I had no interest in football at the time.) I saw it with friends on video, and this changed my mind completely. This is a very effective comedy. Additionally, though, it has a feel good message at the end, which can be motivational.

Some people think a movie can't be any good if it only has a G rating. This movie is just one of many cases to prove that flawed theory wrong.
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