Trailer Tuesday: ‘The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh’ (1979)

'The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,' trailer title, 1979

‘The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,’ trailer title, 1979

“An astrological disco sports extravaganza!”

For this week’s Trailer Tuesday we celebrate comic genius Jonathan Winters (who left us to our fates on April 12th).

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, a disco-fueled sports comedy, hit theaters in November of 1979. The film starred Winters, Julius “Dr. J” Irving, Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters, Flip Wilson and Stockard Channing (among many others).

Harry Shearer, Jonathan Winters and M. Emmet Walsh in 'The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh' (1979)

Harry Shearer, Jonathan Winters and M. Emmet Walsh in ‘The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh’ (1979)

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh features a failing pro basketball team, the Pittsburgh Pythons, who begin re-making their team with a variety of wacky amateurs – all born under the astrological sign of Pisces. Once the new “fishy” players are in place, the team’s fortunes begin to turn around. Many 1970s basketball stars (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for example) make cameos and Harry Shearer and Debbie Allen appear in the early stages of their careers.

Take in the trailer below. If you are so inclined, you can watch the flick on-demand via Warner Brothers.

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Theatrical Trailer, 1979

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Wiki, IMDb

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Previously on Trailer Tuesday: Walter Matthau in ‘Kotch’ (1971)

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