THE EXCELLENT EIGHTIES: A Minor Miracle (1983)

After everyone took the Mill Creek picks that they wanted, I jumped in and picked up the stragglers, the survivors, the movies no one else wanted to watch.

A movie with a bunch of orphans who turn to John Huston as a kindly priest and the game of soccer to save their orphanage? Why would anyone have picked anything else? And an appearance by Pele? What is wrong with all the other writers on this site?

Director Terrell Tannen edited The Boogeyman and The Boogeyman II, which was really like only directing one movie if you’ve seen the second one. He also produced, edited and second unit directed Olivia, which is one of the strangest movies I’ve ever seen. I have no idea how this prepared him to make a religious soccer movie.

Between this and Victory, I have now seen two soccer movies with Pele in them. And John Huston too, now that I think about it.

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