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Fast Break (1979)

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Hot on the heels of his Welcome Back Kotter success, Gabe Kaplan starred in this hastily assembled theatrical feature. Kaplan plays David Greene, the coach of a Nevada collegiate basketball team. Inasmuch as the local talent is pretty pathetic, Greene convinces a group of jive-talking New York street kids into playing for the college. Culture-clash jokes abound, with the black cast members usually coming out on top. In keeping with sports-comedy tradition, one of Greene's team members is a girl, and a very attractive one. Though it hasn't an original bone in its body, Fast Break is breezy entertainment, with a particularly thrilling climax.

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Cast

Gabe Kaplan
as David Greene
Mike Warren
as Preacher
Bernard King
as Hustler
Bert Remsen
as Bo Winnegar
John Chappell
as Alton Gutkas
Rhonda Bates
as Enid Cadwallader-Gutkas
K Callan
as Ms. Tidwell
Doria Cook
as Snooty Girl
James Jeter
as Officer Wedgewood
Steve Conte
as Man on Bus
Le Tari
as Thompson
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Critic Reviews for Fast Break

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

As do some of our most popular standup comedians, Mr. Kaplan sort of floats over his material, always in charge of it, but never deeply involved. This is not a rebuke.

March 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

We've seen this formula so many times before that there can be no surprises, except for some small suspense about when the foreordained events will take place.

March 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Totally implausible (though surely not meant to be taken seriously), highly predictable, and not particularly funny.

March 24, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

A hugely likable basketball comedy. Gabe Kaplan is so appealing here that you wonder why he didn't become a bigger star.

February 17, 2006 | Rating: 7/10
FulvueDrive-in.com

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