History Film / LittleGiants

24th May '16 12:16:25 AM tropeminer
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This is the story of two brothers, Kevin (O'Neil) and Danny (Moranis) O'Shea. One was blessed with the kind of raw football talent given to those who were born to bask in gridiron glory. The other, well…became Rick Moranis. As the two grew up and made families of their own, Danny stood in the shadow of the pedestal the residents of their hometown had placed Kevin upon.

That all changed one day when Danny's daughter, Becky O'Shea (Shawna Waldron) wanted to try out for the local pee-wee football team, the Cowboys, coached by her uncle Kevin. Unfortunately, despite the fact that she is often acknowledged as the best player in the entire town, she is passed over simply because she's a girl. Not wanting to be put down by this, she [[StartMyOwn proceeds to form her own football team with the other kids not deemed good enough to make the Pee Wee Cowboys team]]. They manage to get Danny as their head coach and name themselves "The Little Giants". Inevitably, they go up against the Cowboys in a game to decide which team gets to stay as the town's correspondent in the Pee Wee League as two teams can't play from the same town.

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This is the story of two brothers, Kevin (O'Neil) and Danny (Moranis) O'Shea. One was blessed with the kind of raw football talent given to those who were born to bask in gridiron glory. The other, well…became other,…became Rick Moranis. As the two grew up and made families of their own, Danny stood in the shadow of the pedestal the residents of their hometown had placed Kevin upon.

upon Kevin.

That all changed one day when Danny's daughter, Becky O'Shea (Shawna Waldron) wanted to try out for the local pee-wee football team, the Cowboys, coached by her uncle Kevin. Unfortunately, despite the fact that she is often acknowledged as the best player in the entire town, she is passed over simply because because...she's a girl. Not wanting to be put down by this, back down, she [[StartMyOwn proceeds to form her own football team with the other kids not deemed good enough to make the Pee Wee Cowboys team]]. They manage to get Danny as their head coach and name themselves "The Little Giants". Inevitably, they go up against the Cowboys in a game to decide which team gets to stay as the town's correspondent in the Pee Wee League as two teams can't play from the same town.



* DavidVersusGoliath: The Giants are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that failed the try-outs cobbled together with random kids off the street while the Cowboys team that was handpicked by Kevin O'Shea.

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* DavidVersusGoliath: The Giants are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that failed the try-outs cobbled together with random kids off the street while the Cowboys are an elite pee-wee team that was handpicked by Kevin O'Shea.
9th May '16 10:20:52 PM tropeminer
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''Little Giants'' is a 1994 American family sports comedy starring Creator/RickMoranis and Ed O'Neill.

Becky O'Shea (Shawna Waldron) wants to try out for the local pee-wee football team, the Cowboys, and goes through a tryout under her uncle Kevin (O'Neill). Unfortunately, despite the fact that she is acknowledged as the best player in the entire town, she is passed over because she is a girl and [[StartMyOwn proceeds to form her own football team with the other players not deemed good enough to make the Pee Wee Cowboys team]]. They manage to get Becky's father Danny (Moranis) as their head coach, name themselves "The Little Giants", and inevitably go up against the Cowboys in a game to decide which team gets to stay as the town's correspondent in the Pee Wee League as two teams can't play from the same town.

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''Little Giants'' is a 1994 American family sports comedy starring Creator/RickMoranis and Ed O'Neill.

This is the story of two brothers, Kevin (O'Neil) and Danny (Moranis) O'Shea. One was blessed with the kind of raw football talent given to those who were born to bask in gridiron glory. The other, well…became Rick Moranis. As the two grew up and made families of their own, Danny stood in the shadow of the pedestal the residents of their hometown had placed Kevin upon.

That all changed one day when Danny's daughter,
Becky O'Shea (Shawna Waldron) wants wanted to try out for the local pee-wee football team, the Cowboys, and goes through a tryout under coached by her uncle Kevin (O'Neill). Kevin. Unfortunately, despite the fact that she is often acknowledged as the best player in the entire town, she is passed over simply because she's a girl. Not wanting to be put down by this, she is a girl and [[StartMyOwn proceeds to form her own football team with the other players kids not deemed good enough to make the Pee Wee Cowboys team]]. They manage to get Becky's father Danny (Moranis) as their head coach, coach and name themselves "The Little Giants", and inevitably Giants". Inevitably, they go up against the Cowboys in a game to decide which team gets to stay as the town's correspondent in the Pee Wee League as two teams can't play from the same town.
26th Apr '16 7:35:56 AM tropeminer
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American sports film released in October of 1994 starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill.

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lil_giants_movie.jpg]]

''Little Giants'' is a 1994
American family sports film released in October of 1994 comedy starring Rick Moranis Creator/RickMoranis and Ed O'Neill.



* ContrastMontage: Comparing the Giants, a RagtagBunchOfMisfits who have a coach that clearly doesn't know what he's doing, to the Cowboys, a football-bred team with a champion coach...who can get his kids to run out a window for him.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Giants are a RagTagBunchOfMisfits that failed the try-outs cobbled together with random kids off the street while the Cowboys team that was handpicked by Kevin O'Shea.

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* ContrastMontage: Comparing the Giants, a RagtagBunchOfMisfits Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who have a coach that clearly doesn't know what he's doing, to the Cowboys, a football-bred team with a champion coach...who can get his kids to run out a window for him.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Giants are a RagTagBunchOfMisfits Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that failed the try-outs cobbled together with random kids off the street while the Cowboys team that was handpicked by Kevin O'Shea.
22nd Apr '16 12:16:41 PM tropeminer
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* ChickMagnet: Devon Sawa's character Junior Floyd attracts every girl in this film. Becky becomes a cheerleader, thinking he'll notice her more.

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* ChickMagnet: Devon Sawa's character Junior Floyd attracts every girl in this film.film, allegedly even the older ones. Becky becomes a cheerleader, thinking he'll notice her more.



* HometownHero: How Kevin O'Shea is treated for his success as the head coach of the Pee Wee Cowboys team and due to past college achievements as a player.

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* HometownHero: In-universe. How Kevin O'Shea is treated for his success as the head coach of the Pee Wee Cowboys team and due to past college achievements as a player.
16th Dec '15 5:58:36 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* BerserkButton: Do NOT talk about Jake's momma, you will NOT like him when he is angry.
** To Clarify: After one rough play Jake is nursing his arm and a Cowboy taunts him asking if he wants his momma. On the very next play a VERY incensed Jake proceeds to tackle the much larger than him kid so hard he literally knocks him on his ass.

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* BerserkButton: Do NOT talk about Jake's momma, you will NOT like him when he is angry.
** To Clarify:
angry. After one rough play Jake is nursing his arm and a Cowboy taunts him asking if he wants his momma. On the very next play a VERY incensed Jake proceeds to tackle the much larger than him kid so hard he literally knocks him on his ass.



* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Danny actually thought he could keep Spike and his Dad from finding out he's not the "Coach O'Shea" they're looking for.
* DownToTheLastPlay: The Annexation of Puerto Rico.

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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Danny actually thought he could keep Spike and his Dad from finding out he's not the "Coach O'Shea" they're looking for.
for. All Kevin has to do is show up to expose the ruse.
* DownToTheLastPlay: The Annexation of Puerto Rico.Rico is the last chance for the Little Giants to pull off a win.



* FriendlyEnemy: Invoked here, as Danny O'Shea and Kevin O'Shea are brothers but they remain friendly to each other despite making a bet on the big game, and Kevin's wife contributes to the fundraiser for Danny's team. Despite his hard views on winning and losing Kevin [[EvenEvilHasStandards has standards]] in playing, such as his reaction to foul play mentioned below, and he genuinely does love his niece even when she's playing for the opposing team. Danny even cancels the bet in exchange for Kevin fulfilling his childhood promise to Danny of having both their names on the water tower.

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* FriendlyEnemy: Invoked here, as Danny O'Shea and Kevin O'Shea are brothers but they remain friendly to each other despite making a bet on the big game, and Kevin's wife contributes to the fundraiser for Danny's team. Despite his hard views on winning and losing Kevin [[EvenEvilHasStandards has standards]] in playing, such as his reaction to foul play mentioned below, play, and he genuinely does love his niece even when she's playing for the opposing team. [[spoiler: Danny even cancels the bet in exchange for Kevin fulfilling his childhood promise to Danny of having both their names on the water tower.]]



* GroinAttack: During the game, the team's punter runs up for the kick off, but misses and kicks the squatting spiker in the crotch, causing him to fall over in pain.
** Kevin also gets one of these. While running a practice on the second floor of his house, he attempts to show a player what to do by charging his wife (who is holding a mock-up of Becky). She is terrified, screams, and dodges out of the way. He grabs the mock-up, crashes through a window, and ends up straddling a tree branch. He is later seen icing it.
* IronicEcho: When Danny and Kevin make their wager above, Kevin immediately says "There'll always be a place for you at the full-service pumps." At the end, Kevin asks if Danny will hold him to the bet. Danny seems to relent, but then he says "There'll always be a place for you at Danny O'Shea Chevrolet!"

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* GroinAttack: GroinAttack:
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During the game, the team's punter runs up for the kick off, but misses and kicks the squatting spiker in the crotch, causing him to fall over in pain.
** Kevin also gets one of these. While running a practice on the second floor of his house, he attempts to show a player what to do by charging his wife (who is holding a mock-up of Becky). She is terrified, screams, and dodges out of the way. He grabs the mock-up, crashes through a window, and ends up straddling a tree branch. He is later seen icing it.
* IronicEcho: When Danny and Kevin make their wager above, Kevin immediately says "There'll always be a place for you at the full-service pumps." [[spoiler: At the end, Kevin asks if Danny will hold him to the bet. Danny seems to relent, but then he says "There'll always be a place for you at Danny O'Shea Chevrolet!"Chevrolet!"]]



* MythologyGag: When Becky takes the field, she wears #56, which was worn by the actual Giants legendary linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Becky immediately dominates the game on defense, and notably single-handedly drops Spike for a loss at two key moments in the game, including the 4th down goal line stand.

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
**
When Becky takes the field, she wears #56, which was worn by the actual Giants legendary linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Becky immediately dominates the game on defense, and notably single-handedly drops Spike for a loss at two key moments in the game, including the 4th down goal line stand.



* OrderedToCheat / UnnecessaryRoughness: Spike's dad tells his son to take Junior out. He does after the whistle, only getting a 15 yard penalty for it (and no ejection). Kevin O'Shea [[EvenEvilHasStandards severely dresses down Spike's dad]] afterwards. Kevin points out to Spike's dad as soon as Becky walks on the field that she's pissed because of that.
** The officials seemed to do little but whistle plays dead, with the only penalty in the game the late hit on Junior. Many holding and facemask penalties went uncalled against the Giants throughout the game. A more specific example would be that Zoltec's {{Fartillery}} would constitute a false start, and the "acid indigestion" pills would pull an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty.

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* OrderedToCheat / UnnecessaryRoughness: OrderedToCheat: Spike's dad tells his son to take Junior out. He does after the whistle, only getting a 15 yard penalty for it (and no ejection). Kevin O'Shea [[EvenEvilHasStandards severely dresses down Spike's dad]] afterwards. Kevin points out to Spike's dad as soon as Becky walks on the field that she's pissed because of that.
** The officials seemed to do little but whistle plays dead, with the only penalty in the game the late hit on Junior. Many holding and facemask penalties went uncalled against the Giants throughout the game. A more specific example would be that Zoltec's {{Fartillery}} would constitute a false start, and the "acid indigestion" pills would pull an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty.
that.



* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[spoiler: come back from a 21-0 halftime defeat? Yes.]]

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* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[spoiler: come Come back from a 21-0 halftime defeat? Yes.]]]]
*UnnecessaryRoughness: The officials seemed to do little but whistle plays dead, with the only penalty in the game the late hit on Junior. Many holding and facemask penalties went uncalled against the Giants throughout the game. An example would be that Zoltec's {{Fartillery}} would constitute a false start, and the "acid indigestion" pills would pull an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty.
13th Aug '15 2:03:32 PM Toadofsteel
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'''Tad''': {{Beat}} A reverse to me?

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'''Tad''': {{Beat}} ({{Beat}}) A reverse to me?
13th Aug '15 2:03:08 PM Toadofsteel
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* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: The first touchdown by the Giants is scored by "Rad" Tad Simpson after the following exchange in the huddle:
--> '''Junior''': Okay guys, listen up. What would be the ''last'' thing they'd expect us to do?\\
'''Tad''': {{Beat}} A reverse to me?
13th Aug '15 1:53:10 PM Toadofsteel
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** Some of the other players wear numbers relevant to the two NFL teams around the time the film was made. For example, the quarterbacks for the teams wore the numbers of the starting quarterbacks of their respective NFL teams at the time the film was filmed: Junior wore (recently-retired) Phil Simms' #11, while the Cowboys quarterback wore Troy Aikman's #8.


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** The officials seemed to do little but whistle plays dead, with the only penalty in the game the late hit on Junior. Many holding and facemask penalties went uncalled against the Giants throughout the game. A more specific example would be that Zoltec's {{Fartillery}} would constitute a false start, and the "acid indigestion" pills would pull an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty.
13th Aug '15 1:33:50 PM Toadofsteel
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* MythologyGag: When Becky takes the field, she wears #56, which was worn by the actual Giants legendary linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Becky immediately dominates the game on defense, and notably single-handedly drops Spike for a loss at two key moments in the game, including the 4th down goal line stand.
7th Jul '15 2:01:55 AM K
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* FriendlyEnemy: Invoked here, as Danny O'Shea and Kevin O'Shea are brothers but they remain friendly to each other despite making a bet on the big game. Despite his hard views on winning and losing Kevin [[EvenEvilHasStandards has standards]] in playing, such as his reaction to foul play mentioned below, and he genuinely does love his niece even when she's playing for the opposing team. Danny even cancels the bet in exchange for Kevin fulfilling his childhood promise to Danny of having both their names on the water tower.

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* FriendlyEnemy: Invoked here, as Danny O'Shea and Kevin O'Shea are brothers but they remain friendly to each other despite making a bet on the big game.game, and Kevin's wife contributes to the fundraiser for Danny's team. Despite his hard views on winning and losing Kevin [[EvenEvilHasStandards has standards]] in playing, such as his reaction to foul play mentioned below, and he genuinely does love his niece even when she's playing for the opposing team. Danny even cancels the bet in exchange for Kevin fulfilling his childhood promise to Danny of having both their names on the water tower.
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