The Big Green

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Big Green (1995 Movie)

“The Big Green” is a sports comedy film released in 1995, produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Holly Goldberg Sloan, the film revolves around a group of misfit kids who form a soccer team and learn the value of teamwork and friendship.

The story is set in the small town of Elma, Texas, where the local school is struggling to keep its doors open due to declining enrollment. The school’s new teacher, Anna Montgomery (played by Olivia d’Abo), arrives with a passion for soccer and a determination to make a positive impact on the students’ lives.

Anna, a British schoolteacher, introduces the kids to the sport of soccer, which is unfamiliar to them. Despite their lack of experience and athleticism, the students are inspired by Anna’s enthusiasm and decide to form a soccer team called “The Big Green.” The team consists of misfits and outcasts, including a boy with a pet goat and a boy who is often picked on by bullies.

As the team begins to practice and play, they face numerous challenges and setbacks. However, with Anna’s guidance and encouragement, the kids learn the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and believing in themselves. With hard work and determination, “The Big Green” transforms from a struggling team into a competitive force in their league.

The film not only highlights the joys and struggles of soccer but also explores themes of friendship, diversity, and the power of belief in oneself and others. The underdog story of “The Big Green” resonates with audiences of all ages, inspiring them to overcome obstacles and embrace their unique qualities.

“The Big Green” received mixed reviews from critics but found success with young audiences and families. The film’s message of inclusivity and the spirit of overcoming challenges struck a chord with viewers, making it a heartwarming and entertaining sports comedy.

While not as well-known as some of Disney’s blockbuster films, “The Big Green” remains a beloved classic for those who enjoy underdog stories and sports-themed movies. It is a testament to the enduring appeal of films that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and the power of friendship and teamwork.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $17.7 million
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  • Olivia d’Abo: Miss Anna Montgomery
  • Steve Guttenberg: Deputy Sheriff Tom Palmer
  • Jay O. Sanders: Coach Jay Huffer
  • John Terry: Edwin V. Douglas
  • Chauncey Leopardi: Evan Schiff
  • Patrick Renna: Larry Musgrove
  • Billy L. Sullivan: Jeffrey Luttrell
  • Yareli Arizmendi: Marbelly Morales
  • Bug Hall: Newt Shaw
  • Jessica Robertson: Kate Douglas
  • Jordan Brower: Nick Anderssen
  • Libby Villari: Brenda Neilson
  • Anthony Esquivel: Juan “Mexi-Kid” Morales
  • Hayley Kolb: Sophia Convertino
  • Haley Miller: Polly Neilson
  • Ashley Welch: Lou Gates
  • Jimmy Higa: Tak


  • Director: Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Producer: Dennis Bishop and Roger Birnbaum
  • Music: Randy Edelman

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