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Little Giants

The movie cover for Little Giants.
Directed by Duwayne Dunham
Produced by Arne Schmidt
Written by James Ferguson
Robert Shallcross
Starring Rick Moranis
Ed O'Neill
Shawna Waldron
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
Editing by Donn Cambern
Studio Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) October 14, 1994
Running time 107 min.
Language English

Little Giants is a 1994 family comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.



Danny O'Shea (Rick Moranis) has always lived in the shadow of his older brother, Kevin (Ed O'Neill), an Irish American Heisman Trophy winner and a local football hero. The brothers live in their hometown of Urbania, Ohio and Kevin coaches the local "Pee-Wee Cowboys" football team. Despite being the best player, Danny's Tomboy daughter Becky (Shawna Waldron), nicknamed Icebox, is cut during try outs because she is a girl. After being ridiculed by the other players that did make the team, Becky convinces her dad to coach a new pee-wee team named "The Little Giants".

At first Danny is reluctant to do so, but later accepts in an attempt to show Urbania that Kevin is not invincible, and that there is another O'Shea in town capable of winning. Kevin mockingly reminds him of the "one town, one team" rule and with the help of the locals, they decide to have a playoff game to determine the lone team that will represent Urbania. Among Becky and the other children that did not make Kevin's team, Danny also gathers other children that have never been given a chance. One such player was Junior Floyd (Devon Sawa), a strong armed quarterback and son to Danny's childhood sweetheart, Patty Floyd (Susanna Thompson). Becky slowly develops a crush for Junior and struggles with her new found feelings as a girl.

Local town-folk fan the flames of the rivalry between the brothers by reporting to both Danny and Kevin that a new star player, Spike Hammersmith (Sam Horrigan) had just moved to Urbania. Danny succeeds at recruiting Spike by tricking his overzealous father, Mike (Brian Haley) that he is the famous "Coach O'Shea", but this is a problem as Spike proves to be rude, stupid, and tells everyone "Spike don't play with girls". The deception is later discovered and Spike switches over to Kevin's more well-structured Cowboys. Kevin also encourages his own daughter Debbie (Courtney Peldon), to be a cheerleader and later convinces Becky that a quarterback will want to date a girl, not a teammate. Realizing it is her best chance to win over Junior, Becky decides to quit the team and pursue cheerleading.

Just as Danny's "Little Giants" start to lose hope, a bus arrives carrying John Madden, Emmitt Smith, Bruce Smith, Tim Brown, and Steve Emtman. The NFL stars teach and inspire the young players into believing they can win.

On the day of the game, Kevin chastises Danny into making an impulsive bet. If Danny wins, he gets Kevin's Chevrolet dealership; if Kevin wins, he gets Danny's gas station. Facing a 21-point halftime deficit, The Little Giants are lifted when Danny asks them to individually recall a time when they had a proud accomplishment and reassures them that all it takes is "one time" to beat the Cowboys. Realizing that Junior is the main threat to them, Spike, under orders from Mike, injures Junior by spearing him with his helmet after the whistle, to which even Kevin considers disgraceful, unsportsmanlike conduct. Witnessing from the sidelines, an enraged Becky does the right thing and drops her pom poms and suits up for the game. Becky immediately makes an impact when she forces a fumble after a jarring hit on Spike. Other Giants make touchdowns in tandem with overcoming personal problems, such as one player overcoming his fear of dropping passes and making a completion, or another player running towards the goal line when his little-seen dad has come to watch him play. In the game's closing seconds with the game tied at 21, The Little Giants make a goal line stand on 4th down and stop Spike. With time remaining for one final play, The Little Giants' offense step back onto the field and use a trick play Nubie calls "The Annexation of Puerto Rico". Kevin shouts out the actual name of the play as it occurs, shouting "Fumblerooski, Fumblerooski!" The play takes up all 99 yards using three different ball carriers towards a Giants touchdown.

Afterwards, Danny says that rather than have The Little Giants solely represent Urbania, he will merge The Cowboys into The Little Giants and that both himself and Kevin can coach the team. Danny and Patty rekindle their childhood romance and Danny agrees not to hold Kevin to the pre-game bet on the condition that the Urbania water tower be changed from "Home of Kevin O'Shea" to "Home of The O'Shea Brothers", reflecting a much earlier promise of Kevin to Danny from their childhood that one day both their names would be on the water tower.



Box office

The film had a low budget, and was able to recoup with $20 million earned in box office sales.

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Little Giants is a 1994 family comedy movie, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.

Written by James Ferguson, Robert Shallcross, Tommy Swerdlow, and Michael Goldberg. Directed by Duwayne Dunham.
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Spike: Who's Spike's lead blocker?
Coach: The Icebox
Spike: Where's he at?
Icebox: Right here.
Spike: Is Spike mistaken, aren't you... a girl?
Icebox: Gee, good eye.
Spike: Spike don't play with girls
Coach: She's pretty good, Spike.
Spike: Spike don't care, didn't you hear? Spike don't play with...
[Icebox hits Spike with ball]
Icebox: I can tackle anything, anytime, anywhere got that?
Spike: Look you berzerko Barbie doll...
Jake: I use these for acid indigestion.
Teammate: What are we going to use them for?
Jake: Intimidation.

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