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The Mighty Ducks (1992). "Quack Quack Quack."

Join us for this week's episode "The Mighty Ducks" We talk single moms, fatherless children, poop schemes, evil youth coaches, DUI dont's, 90's shopping tropes, school shooter jocks, and why you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Does this movie have us quacking in formation? Or are we ready for the penalty box? Find out now!

 

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Storyline :Gordon Bombay, a hotshot lawyer, is haunted by memories of his childhood, when, as the star player in his champion hockey team, he lost the winning goal in a shootout, thereby losing the game, and the approval of his coach. After being charged for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee hockey team, the worst in the league, Gordon is at first very reluctant. However, he eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them how to win, gaining a sponsor on the way and giving the team the name of The Ducks. In the finals, they face Gordon's old team, coached by Gordon's old coach, giving Gordon a chance to face old ghosts


Directors: Stephen Herek


Writers: Steven Brill


Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson, Heidi Kling & Lane Smith


Awards: Nominee for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast Award


Film Budget: $10,000,000

Gross Worldwide: $50,752,337

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Not so much a banging soundtrack from the ducks but here are a few selections from the score.






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He's never coached, they've never won, together they can uncover these fun facts.

  1. Jake Gyllenhaal, who was unknown at the time, auditioned for the role of Charlie Conway, but his parents wouldn't let him do the movie so the producers ended up casting Joshua Jackson.

  2. The original premise of Mighty Ducks was much darker with very little comedy about an ex-NHL player turned alcoholic who seeks revenge on his old coach by coaching opposite him. The main idea stayed when Disney bought the rights to the movie, but some elements were changed (such as Bombay is now a lawyer, who never played in the NHL, who must do community service for a DUI), including much more emphasis on comedy and downplaying most of the adult themes.

  3. Vincent LaRusso wasn't given the role of Adam Banks initially, but later it was given to him when the child who originally played Banks became too difficult to work with.

  4. The courtroom scenes (filmed in St. Cloud, Minnesota) were "dressed up" to give it a more "hockey feel" this included adding small black circles that looked like hockey pucks near the ceiling architecture. Instead of taking them down, the "hockey pucks" still remain today.

  5. Leonardo DiCaprio auditioned for the part of Charlie Conway but lost out to Joshua Jackson. In similar fashion, Juliette Lewis tried out for the part of Connie, but lost out to Marguerite Moreau.

 

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The entire Mighty Ducks Franchise is available on Disney+ we recommend starting with the original Gordon Bombay classic.

https://www.disneyplus.com/franchise/the-mighty-ducks


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