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Kids will get a kick out of this mule tale.
  • Review Date: February 24, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1976
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie makes fun of some rather heavy cheerleaders, showing insensitivity toward overweight people.

Violence & scariness

Very mild. The threat of getting beat up by a very large man.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a humorous entry from Disney Studios with genuinely funny moments. But it looks like it was hastily assembled, with little concern for the look of the project. Elementary-age kids probably won't mind the movie's less than professional sheen, and parents will appreciate its child-friendly approach. Very young children may not be able to follow the narrative, but 4 and 5 year olds will like watching Gus's hijinks. School-age kids will enjoy the silliness and may laugh all the way through.

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What's the story?

A Yugoslavian lad and Gus, his miraculous kicking mule, prove to be the saviors of a floundering NFL football team. This 1970s Disney movie looks hastily put together, but features a strong cast of comic actors including Tom Bosley, Don Knotts, and Tim Conway, and Ed Asner as the cantankerous, but goodhearted, owner of the team.

Is it any good?


The antics of Gus aside, what really makes this movie work is the quality acting of the seasoned pros. Unfortunately, the movie has a less than professional sheen. It's not very well lit and the writing has a sitcom quality. The movie also includes a terrible special effect of the ball flying through the air. Any editor should have been able to piece together shots to make it look as though the ball is soaring the length of the field.

But that's beside the point. Children will find the many setups for pratfalls hilarious, especially the goofy chase sequence in the grocery store. And parents can rest assured that this is Disney before it ventured into more controversial territory.

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 1, 1976
DVD release date:January 14, 2003
Cast:Don Knotts, Ed Asner, Tim Conway
Director:Vincent McEveety
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Horses and farm animals
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:family friendliness

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old July 30, 2013

Great movie

A man threatens a to hurt a character. Also a lot of cartoonish violence. Great movie. Awesome plot. Love it


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