Celtic Pride (1996)



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Two rabid Boston B-ball fans go over the edge and kidnap the star player of the Utah Jazz during the NBA playoffs in this goofy sports comedy starring veteran comic actors Dan Aykroyd, Damon Wayans and Daniel Stern. Aykroyd and Stern play the dim-bulbed fans, high school gym teacher Mike O'Hara, whose passion for basketball is destroying his marriage and Jimmy Flaherty, the owner of a plumbing business. Tired of watching the Celtics lose to the Utah Jazz during the playoffs, they go into an upscale bar one night and see Utah's superstar player/tv commercial pitchman Lewis Scott (Wayans). Scott is a class A arrogant hot dogger with a bad attitude (deep down he cares more for money than the sport that made him rich), making him a favorite with fans. Inspiration strikes Flaherty and O'Hara who proceed to cozy up to Scott and get him blind drunk. They too get ripped and the next morning the hung-over duo awaken to a surprise. There in Flaherty's living room sits a bound, gagged and angry Scott, whom they apparently kidnapped the night before. They decide to help their team and not let him go. So begins the bulk of the movie, a verbal, slapstick cat and mouse game between the basketball player and his two bumbling captors.
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Damon Wayans
as Lewis Scott
Daniel Stern
as Mike O'Hara
Dan Aykroyd
as Jimmy Flaherty
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as Kevin O'Grady
Deion Sanders
as Himself
Christopher McDonald
as Coach Kimball
Gerard G. Williams
as Derrick Lake
Ted Rooney
as Tony Sheppard
Bill Walton
as Himself
Keith Gibbs
as Terry Kirby
Joe Mingle
as Referee
Peter A. Hulne
as Pat Fitzsimmons
Patrick Hulne
as Tim Fitzsimmons
Will Lyman
as Rich Man
Darrell Hammond
as Chris McCarthy
Bill L. McDonald
as Mr. Tanner
Belle McDonald
as Mrs. Tanner
Larry Bird
as Himself
Charley Broderick
as Drunken Fan
Jeffrey Ross
as Car Theft Victim
Scott Lawrence
as Ted Hennison
Tony V.
as Cabbie
Mary Klug
as Grandma
Marv Albert
as Himself
Charlie Haugk
as John 3:16 Guy
Bob Cousy
as Himself
Andy Jick
as Boston Garden Announcer
Curt Frisk
as Big Jim Fulton
James Dickinson
as Basketball Player
George MacDonald
as Reporter
Charles Porter
as Bartender
Ed Logan
as Program Seller
Nicole Brathwaite
as Kid in Gym
Michael Biase
as Bar Patron
Kevin Benton
as Security Guard
Bob Haggerty
as Man in Bathroom
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Critic Reviews for Celtic Pride

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

An uneven but largely likable basketball-themed comedy.

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
Top Critic

The outcome is deeply unsatisfying.

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is a bad time for NBA fans in Boston. Just as their beloved Celtics are about to wrap up a dismal season, with nearly 50 losses and no berth in the playoffs, Hollywood comes out with a comedy about the Celtics that's even worse than the team.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Not only is the picture woefully short on laughs, it's also coarse, overbearing and, in places, downright insulting.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

You don't even have to be a Celtics fan to appreciate it. In fact, considering who becomes the butt of the film's ultimate joke, perhaps it's best if you're not one.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Celtic Pride has ingredients that could have made for a tough knockabout farce. Unfortunately, the film, directed by Tom De Cerchio from a screenplay by Judd Apatow, doesn't know the meaning of the term 'light touch.'

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Celtic Pride

With it's flaws and sometimes lack of humor, Celtic Pride have a interesting plot and become a satire of the schizophrenic society, with a great obsess for sports, television and macho culture. A portrait of different social classes and madness that share angry and fanaticism for things without meaning.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

2 stars for the Larry Bird cameo.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


Good fun loopy comedy with Aykroyd and Stern as a couple of obsessed Boston sports fans that kidnap Utah's top basketball player just in time for the NBA finals. Great simple plot that works really well but the duo of Aykroyd and Stern really makes the film hit top stride. Stern being a crazed on the edge father and Aykroyd as his timid submissive best friend make a great combo, Wayans is also actually very good as an arrogant selfish top player really nailing the role, all together its really quite amusing as the trio get into all kinds of trouble as the big game approaches. I liked how the boys had to pretend to support the Utah Jazz in order to get close to Wayans character so they could nab him haha some good facial/physical comedy on display there. Not a well known flick but well worth it if you find it.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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