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Church Ball (2006)

 -  Comedy | Sport  -  17 March 2006 (USA)
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Dennis Buckstead has the hardest calling in his church. Not only has he been asked to coach a group of non-basketball players in his church but the bishop has demanded that he lead the team... See full summary »

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Dennis Buckstead
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Bishop Linderman
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Gene Jensen
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Susan Buckstead
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Mickey Morgan
Chad Long ...
Don Weaver
Stan Ellsworth ...
Jeremiah Jones
Steve Anderson ...
Thurman
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Nadar Nazbarechov
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Bruce Bracken
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Blake Bracken
Thurl Bailey ...
Moses Mahoney
Mindy B. Young ...
Bertha (as Mindy Young)
Dillan Conrad ...
Billy Buckstead
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Dennis Buckstead has the hardest calling in his church. Not only has he been asked to coach a group of non-basketball players in his church but the bishop has demanded that he lead the team to the Basketball Championship. Word from the top is that this is the last season of church ball and Bishop Linderman isn't about to have his team lose for the 20th year in a row in the last season of church ball history! What was supposed to strengthen the body, invigorate the mind and cultivate brotherly love seems to bring out the worst in these church-going ball players. Dennis must find a way to bring his team together and build unity along the way to win the championship or go down in church ball history as the worst team that ever played. Written by HaleStorm Entertainment

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Winning isn't everything..... Yeah Right See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$144,376 (USA) (17 March 2006)

Gross:

$464,991 (USA) (23 June 2006)
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The script went through nine drafts since the idea came about in 2002. See more »

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In the championship game, both the broadcasters' booth and the kids' playpen overlap onto the court by several inches. See more »

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References Buns of Steel (1987) See more »

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Things You Knew Wanted
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very disappointing
13 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, let me say the I am LDS or rather, I am a Mormon. So when I watched this film, I automatically gave it the benefit of the doubt. I can usually find something redeeming in every movie I watch. And this one was no exception. It does have its redeeming moments. But they are few and far between.

One of the first things I noticed that bothered me very greatly was that it seemed as though Halestorm was ashamed of our Church! In the LDS Church, congregations are called "wards" and the basketball court is in the "cultural hall". NEVER ONCE are either of these two names mentioned. The Church is never referred to by name and "the standards" is as far as it goes in mentioning what our Church believes.

It makes me wonder if the directors are really LDS or LDS wannabes? This film had so much potential! It could have really shown our Church in a positive light and helped the public to see not only what we have to offer, but also what we believe. Instead it was only mildly entertaining and left much to be desired. If I were not already LDS, I'd be left thinking Mormons are stupid, idiotic and ashamed of their beliefs.

It is NOT a film I will recommend to my nonLDS friends.

Sorry Halestorm. You can do better than this!


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