The name of the film was changed to Philly Pride several weeks after Ziegler announced Philly Fever on the May 14, 2002 edition of The Best Show on WFMU.
Plot and Cast
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- Former Philadelphia 76er, Julius Erving ("Dr. J")
- Former Phillies third baseman, Mike Schmidt
- Former Philadelphia mayor, Wilson Goode
- John Oates, from Hall and Oates
- Former Phillies left-fielder, Greg "The Bull" Luzinski
- Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Ron Jaworski
- Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (founders of "Philly Soul" record label, Philadelphia International Records)
- Benjamin Franklin also travels forwards in time to help the team in its rescue efforts.
The villains responsible for the kidnapping are played by O.J. Simpson and Robert Blake.
At the end of the film, a rocketship transports all the citizens of Philadelphia to a new planet, after New Jersey gets "blown up".
There is a cameo appearance in Philly Fever by Sylvester Stallone, who, after drinking some bad tap water in New Jersey, has a hallucination which causes him to run to the Spectrum arena in Philadelphia, where the bronze statue of Rocky Balboa seen in Rocky III is installed. Stallone then proceeds to fight the statue.
The motion picture soundtrack to Philly Fever contains many unique artist collaborations, including:
- The O'Jays and Cinderella
- Robert Hazard and Teddy Pendergrass
- The Hooters and Zubin Mehta
- Ashford & Simpson with The Dead Milkmen
- M. Night Shyamalan was originally cast to play one of the members of the rescue team, but was later dropped from the role after Ziegler loitered outside of Shyamalan's house in Philadelphia, waiting for him to come out so that he could ask if he wanted to be in the film. However, Shyamalan never appeared, most likely because he was in Hollywood at the time.
May 14, 2002 call by Philly Boy Roy, announcing the production of Philly Fever (RealPlayer required)