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7 July 2006 (USA) See more »
THE HEART OF THE GAME captures the passion and energy of a Seattle high school girls' basketball team, the eccentricity of their unorthodox coach, and the incredible true story of one player's fight to play the game she loves. See more »
A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play. | Add synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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Real drama and excitement, both on and off the court See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ludacris ... Narrator (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)

Darnellia Russell ... Herself

Bill Resler ... Himself
Devon Crosby Helms ... Herself (as Devon Crosby-Helms)
Meghan Miller ... Herself
Jade White ... Herself
Lindsey Wilson ... Herself

Michael Silva ... Himself (as Mike 'Riderman' Silva)
Emily Watson ... Herself
Hillary Seidel ... Herself
Aaron Jack ... Himself
Maria Mendoza ... Herself
Keasha Beward ... Herself
April Swafford ... Herself
Maude Lepley ... Herself
Joyce Walker ... Herself
Joel Waters ... Himself
Marjorie Russell ... Herself
Jerry Ronk ... Himself
Shannon Costello ... Herself
Jenny Wild ... Herself
Alex Jessup ... Himself
Emiko Harris ... Herself
Leondrae Morris
Betty Harris ... Herself
Urika Russell ... Herself
Leyla Khastou ... Herself
Tracey Leddo ... Herself
Secoy Clemmons ... Herself
Trekayla Clemmons ... Herself
Kenyon Luce ... Himself
Malia O'Neil ... Herself
Mike Colbrese ... Himself
Kelli Cutright ... Herself
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Directed by
Ward Serrill 
Writing credits
Ward Serrill (written by)

Produced by
Alice de Muizon .... associate producer
Larry Estes .... executive producer
Lois Greenberg .... associate producer
Liz Manne .... producer
Richard Palacios .... associate producer
Ward Serrill .... producer
Amy Stodghill .... associate producer (as Amelia Stodghill)
Original Music by
The Angel 
Cinematography by
Ward Serrill (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric Frith 
Production Management
Mary Daisey .... post-production manager: Flying Spot
Kelli Garces .... post-production manager: Flying Spot
Thomas Carl McGuinness .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Alex Bates .... graphic designer
Lucy Woodworth .... graphic artist: Flying Spot
Sound Department
Pat Cockburn .... sound recordist: narration, Bad Animals
Gideon Cohen .... sound recordist: narration, Bad Animals
Mark Griswold .... additional sound: Bad Animals
Steve Heinke .... sound recordist: narration, Bad Animals
Dave Howe .... sound mixer: Bad Animals
Matt Hutchinson .... sound recordist: narration, Bad Animals
Michael McAuliffe .... sound designer: Bad Animals (as Mike McAuliffe)
Joshua Monroy .... sound recordist: narration, Bad Animals
Peter Roberts .... additional sound: Bad Animals
Ward Serrill .... sound recordist: Bad Animals
Eric Soma .... additional sound: Bad Animals
Wendi Wills .... sound supervisor: post-production, Bad Animals
Daniel Sperry .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Katherine Bragdon .... additional camera operator
Wendy Jo Carlton .... additional camera operator
David Fox .... additional cinematographer
Bruce Hudson .... additional camera operator
Charlie Kirkwood .... additional camera operator
Kirk Miller .... additional camera operator
Richard Palacios .... additional camera operator
Ryan Purcell .... additional camera operator
Ryan Purcell .... lighting
Hilary Seidel .... additional camera operator
Scott Seidel .... additional camera operator
Aaron Stadler .... additional camera operator
Diana Wilmar .... additional cinematographer
Ray Woodhouse .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Shane Dillon .... on-line editor: Flying Spot
Kurt Feldhun .... additional editor
Tim Harader .... additional editor
Steve Harris .... on-line editor: Flying Spot
Troy Murison .... on-line editor: Flying Spot
Stephen R. Myers .... post-production consultant (as Stephen Myers)
Tim Neff .... on-line editor: Flying Spot
Amy Stodghill .... assistant editor (as Amelia Stodghill)
Jeff Tillotson .... electronic film timer: Flying Spot
Tiffany Verzal .... additional editor
Daniel Niemiec .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
The Angel .... music producer
Steve Delbert .... music recordist: band
Kurt Feldhun .... additional composer: score
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Brian Richards .... music editor
Robert Russell .... musician: upright and electric bass
Michael Sackler-Berner .... assistant music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steven 'Crash' Arroz .... driver: van
Other crew
Alex Bates .... technical supporter
Katherine Bragdon .... story advisor
Matt Clarke .... story advisor
Tricia Cooke .... story advisor
Jake Farmer .... web site designer
Steve Hay .... story advisor
Dave Hunsaker .... story advisor (as David Hunsaker)
David Liu .... story advisor
Michael McMann .... story advisor
Bill Neal .... legal services
Cathleen O'Connell .... consultant: stock footage
Allison Roberts .... tape logging
Pat Sanford .... chief executive: Flying Spot
Doug Serrill .... usher
June Serrill .... usher
Daniel Steinman .... legal services
Amy Stodghill .... tape logging (as Amelia Stodghill)
Neil Sussman .... legal services
Lucy Woodworth .... title designer: Flying Spot
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Kurt Feldhun .... story consultant (uncredited)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
97 min | Canada:102 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Real drama and excitement, both on and off the court, 28 January 2006
Author: James McNally from Toronto, Canada

I saw this film at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. A documentary about high- school basketball that took seven years to make, this film will be compared to Steve James's Hoop Dreams, which is a high compliment indeed. But the films are different.

Serrill began following the girls' basketball team at Seattle's Roosevelt High School when they hired a new coach, tax law professor Bill Resler. Not expected to make much of an impact, Resler proceeded to build a powerhouse in his first year at the job. An eccentric but effective motivator, he chose a different "theme" for his team each year: Pack of Wolves, Pride of Lions, Tropical Storm, and then whipped his players into a frenzy. His motivational skills and his ruthless physical workouts gave the team the confidence and endurance to beat their opponents, even when they were bigger, taller, or more talented.

In his second year at the job, he noticed a young freshman by the name of Darnelia Russell. She stood out for a number of reasons. She had been an outstanding basketball player at her middle school. And she was black. At Roosevelt, in a privileged suburb of Seattle, black students were a minority, unlike at inner-city schools like arch-rival Garfield. In fact, when he tried to recruit her for his team, she rebuffed him at first, admitting to her friends that she wasn't used to being around so many white people. Her presence at Roosevelt was the combined idea of her middle school coach and her mother, who wanted to keep her out of trouble and make sure she got an excellent education.

Her arrival helps Resler build Roosevelt into a city dynasty and a threat at the state championships. But there are ups and downs. And if you wonder why the film took seven years to make, Serrill admitted that he just filmed everything and waited for the story to emerge.

Although the film touches on a few issues of race and class, Serrill says he wanted to make it more about the basketball, and there are generous clips of games, even from major network coverage. Although it give the film much of its energy, I felt myself wishing there were a few more interviews with players, especially Darnelia, who emerges as a central character in the story. We never really get to know her as anything other than a great basketball player.

That being said, it's a documentary about sports, so I'm predisposed to like it. There is real drama and excitement, both on and off the court, and it's also good to see the contribution of people like Bill Resler recognized, a good man who is instilling not just a love of winning, but of playing, and living. As the credits rolled, it was endearing to see that a few of the songs were actually composed and played by Resler, on guitar and vocals, with director Serrill on harmonica.

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