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Gus (Walt Disney, 1976)

Gus was a 1976 American family comedy directed by Vincent McEveety and starred Edward Asner, Don Knotts and Gary Grimes. Its central character was Gus, a football-playing mule.

Hank Cooper (Asner) owns the California Atoms, a professional Los Angeles football team. He recruits Gus, a Yugoslavian soccer-playing mule, figuring he can be trained to make field-goal kicks. Despite outrage and sabotage efforts by the team, Gus does indeed kick his team to the championship. Knotts plays Coach Venner, while Grimes is Gus’ trainer, Andy. Tim Conway, Harold Gould, Tom Bosley and Dick Butkus also star in Gus.

Gus was the last film for 20-year-old Grimes and Virginia O’Brien, who played a reporter. O’Brien went on to musical productions — which is what she is most known for, while Grimes retired from show business. Gus brought in just under $22 million at the box office.