Alley Cats Strike
The boy to the left is holding a basketball while the boy to the right is holding a bowling ball. The words "Alley Cats Strike!" appears in front of their legs.
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Written byGregory K. Pincus
Directed byRod Daniel
Music byBill Elliott
Country of origin
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerCarol Ames
ProducerChristopher Morgan
Production locations
CinematographyPeter Benison
EditorRobert Souders
Running time88 minutes
Production companyRastar
Original release
NetworkDisney Channel
  • March 18, 2000 (2000-03-18)

Alley Cats Strike is a 2000 sports comedy-drama television film directed by Rod Daniel, written by Gregory K. Pincus, and starring Kyle Schmid, Robert Ri'chard, and Kaley Cuoco. It premiered as a Disney Channel Original Movie on March 18, 2000.


A junior high school basketball game between the cities of East Appleton and West Appleton ends in a tie. The two cities, both vying for a trophy known as The Mighty Apple, must determine the winner through a bowling competition. Alex Thompson and his friends, Delia, Elisa and Ken, are in West Appleton Junior High School's bowling club; they discover that Todd McLemore, a popular basketball player, is also a member of the club, as his friends Leo and Flip had signed him up as a prank.

At a bowling alley operated by Alex's father, Kevin Thompson, Todd reluctantly trains for the upcoming bowling competition with Alex and his friends. He criticizes Alex and his friends for not demonstrating a strong willingness to win, which they deem as overconfidence. Alex later attends a party with Todd, rather than train at the bowling alley with his friends, upsetting them. Todd's bowling improves, while Alex's bowling becomes worse as he continues to spend time with Todd.

The children later redecorate Kevin's bowling alley to bring in customers. Todd uses his popularity to convince various businesses to donate supplies such as paint and flashing lights for the bowling alley, where a party known as the "Bowling Ball" is held and attended by dozens of people. Delia, Elisa, and Ken leave the party early, as they feel betrayed by Alex now frequently hanging out with Todd and his friends. After the party, Alex overhears Todd's friends talking among each other and discovers that they are only pretending to be friends with Alex to increase the chances of their school winning back The Mighty Apple.

Jeff McLemore, Todd's father and the mayor of West Appleton, makes a wager with mayor Hanburger of East Appleton: the winning team, in addition to receiving The Mighty Apple, will also get to choose the name for a new school that is under construction. Hanburger hires Whipsaw McGraw, a bowling champion, to train his bowling team. From the city, the West Appleton bowling team receives low-quality team shirts for the bowling competition. The team is also told about the wager between the mayors, after which Alex quits the team out of anger.

Todd attempts to convince Alex to rejoin the bowling team, and reveals new shirts with the team's name, Alley Cats, on it. Kevin later tells Alex that he used to be friends with Jeff when they were younger, but ended their friendship after accusing the other of losing a baseball game, which they both believe resulted in the city losing The Mighty Apple. Kevin tells Alex to not let a dispute end a friendship.

Alex rejoins the bowling team for the competition the next day. At the end of the competition, Todd's bowling results in a 7–10 split, which he could never master during his training. Delia substitutes for Todd. Using her knowledge of physics, Delia rolls a spinner slowly down the lane and spares, winning the competition, to everyone's surprise. Todd tells his father that it does not seem fair for a school to be named over a game of bowling. Alex and his friends decide to compromise and name the new school Appleton Central.



Filming of Alley Cats Strike began on October 25, 1999.[2]

In popular culture

In 2014, the film's English Wikipedia article gained attention in Slate for having the longest film plot summary on the English-language version of the site.[3][4]


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  1. ^ a b "Alley Cats Strike". LUMIERE: Data base on admissions of films released in Europe. Retrieved December 19, 2023.
  2. ^ Hettrick, Scott (October 20, 1999). "Disney Channel rolls a 'Strike'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ Blatt, Ben (June 26, 2014). "The Longest Movie Plot Summary on Wikipedia". Slate. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Blatt, Ben (June 30, 2014). "The Screenwriter of Alley Cats Strike on Inspiring the Longest Plot Summary on Wikipedia". Slate. Retrieved June 30, 2014.