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Believe in Me (2006)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  6 February 2006 (USA)
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In a conservative small town, a young man's wish to coach high school basketball are tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls' team.



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Credited cast:
Clay Driscoll
Jean Driscoll
Ellis Brawley
Hugh Moreland
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Atherton ...
Ruth Selman
Pat Thompson
(Voice) Basketball TV Announcer
Paula Criss ...
Sadie York (as Marta McGonagle)
Popular Girl
Camilla DeRamus ...
Mrs. Johnson
Liz Blair
Sean Dugan ...
The Heckler
Jim Stovall


Girls? The thought of coaching them seems preposterous to Clay Driscoll (earnest newcomer Jeffrey Donovan), who travels to Middleton, Okla., in the 1960s prepared to coach the varsity boys' team. But that position is filled, so he's forced to coach the girls' team -- the Lady Cyclones. Faced with an under-performing crew of untrained players, the coach begins to treat the girls like boys. They run laps in a closed gym and practice shots and plays they've never tried before -- and eventually their "old-fashioned grit" leads them to a Cinderella season culminating with the state championships. Along their way, Driscoll and the girls overcome several obstacles, most of all, gaining a fan base. Meanwhile, big man in town Ellis Brawley (Bruce Dern) can't stand Driscoll and his newfangled idea of empowering female athletes. Of course, the Lady Cyclones are up to the task of proving Brawley wrong. Driven by their caring young coach, the girls determine to play as hard as the boys, even ... Written by Froshi

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Never let them tell you what you can't do.


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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »


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$81,569 (USA) (9 March 2007)


$208,565 (USA) (30 March 2007)

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Jim Keith retired in 1986 after 35 years as a coach and social studies teacher, but still coaches part time. See more »


The shot of downtown Oklahoma City includes several modern office towers that were not built until the 1970s. See more »

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Wonderful Hometown Story
31 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first heard about this movie what intrigued me most was that it was about a legendary basketball coach from home state. At first I thought it might be a Hoosier's formula movie, but after watching it for the first time, I realized that it stood on its own merits as a great story about dedication, trust, and how believing in yourself and having someone else believe in you can transform lives to inspirational levels. It is a moving story where a rag-tag group of small-town girls basketball players begin to believe in themselves because their coach believed in them. It is one of those "stand up and cheer" movies that will leave you feeling will find yourself cheering for those girls.

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