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The Mighty Macs -- In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their first national championship.

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21 October 2011 (USA) See more »
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She dared to dream. They dared to believe.
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In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their first national championship. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 

Carla Gugino ... Cathy Rush

David Boreanaz ... Ed T. Rush

Marley Shelton ... Sister Sunday

Ellen Burstyn ... Mother St. John

Ward Horton ... Frankie Sharkey

Margaret Anne Florence ... Rosemary Keenan

Lauren Bittner ... Mary Margaret O'Malley

Phyllis Somerville ... Sister Sister

Jesse Draper ... Mrs. Ballard

Kate Nowlin ... Colleen McCann

Christopher Mann ... Julius Moore

Malachy McCourt ... Monsignor

Ryan Windish ... Monsignor Assistant

Tony Luke Jr. ... Salvatore Galentino

Katie Hayek ... Trish Sharkey

Brooke Josephson ... Mrs. Kincade (as Brooke Geiger)

William James Kelly ... Basketball Fan
Jennifer Butler ... Nun (as Jennifer Wiener)

Pete Postiglione ... Security Guard

Kathleen LaGue ... Voices

Mark Schroeder ... Scorekeeper #2

Brandon Hannan ... Tony Galentino

Kim Blair ... Lizanne Caufield

Steven J. Klaszky ... Scorekeeper
Traci Law ... Student in Stands

Jodie Lynne McClintock ... Sister Thomas

Daniele Passantino ... Student (as Daniele Carrol)
Kathy Romano ... Flight Attendant

Evangeline ... College Student

Sarah Donaldson ... Core Group Student
John Roney ... Thomas Caufield

Lauren Karl ... Kelly MacDougal

Charles Pendelton ... Cab Driver / Featured

Josh Green ... Cowboy
Chuck Schanamann ... Charlie Malone
Vale Anoai ... College Student in Church
Ryan Tygh ... Sporting Goods Stock Boy

Sonny Vellozzi ... Scorekeeper
John Peakes ... Harry McHale

Dan Van Wert ... Basketball Fan
Rich Bryant ... Immaculata Student
Erin Lulevitch ... Student
Erin Mosher ... Mrs. Sullivan
Mark Simms ... Fan
Megan Rose ... Catholic school girl (as Megan Rose Wieder)

Kendal Ridgeway ... Marian Sharkey
Meghan Sabia ... Jen Galentino
Ken Myers ... Fan
Sara Jane Blazo ... West Chester Asst Coach
Gina Allegro ... Rosemont Coach
Thomas M. Hagen ... Basketball Spectator
Frank Aptacy ... Bar Patron
Mary Ellen Driscoll ... Assistant Coach, Mississippi State

Taylor Steel ... Mimi Malone
Jean Orlando ... Nun
Fallon Maressa ... Student

Michael Smerconish ... Reporter #1
Francine Bianco Tax ... Cheerleader Nun
Tisha Tinsman ... Rita Galentino
Kimberly Villanova ... Nun
Marianne Bonner ... Sister Sarge
William R. Johnson ... LaSalle Atheletic Dir.
Mike Suermann Jr. ... Friend
Sharon Dacey ... Cheerleading Nun
Michael Edward Brooks ... Basketball fan
Bianca Brunson ... Gayle Moore
Janine Rafalko ... College Student
Cindy Engle ... Faculty / fan
Susan Matthews ... Nun
Regina Murphy ... Referee
Marianna Epright ... Nun
Mike Burns ... Young Priest
Beth Marie Jansen ... Student / Spectator
Tess Roney ... Joanne Caufield
Shawnee Robertson ... Cheering Nun
Tim Sherry ... Bartender
Kimberley Grosser ... Nun
Kim Handloff ... College Student / Nun
Gary Beck ... Student Fan (uncredited)

Robert Bizik ... Basketball Fan (uncredited)

David E. Brown ... Basketball Referee (uncredited)
Alice Chamberlain ... Nun (uncredited)
Karen Chamberlain ... Nun (uncredited)
Judy Corona-Karpowicz ... Basketball Fan (uncredited)
Erich Ficke ... Basketball Patron (uncredited)
Leslie Noel Haigh ... Drummer Girl (uncredited)

Basil Kershner ... Basketball fan (uncredited)

Lawrence Laravela ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Mowery ... Fan in Pheasant Pants (uncredited)

Keith Moyer ... Biker (uncredited)

Chelsea O'Toole ... Nun / Student (uncredited)
George Pellegrino ... Fan (uncredited)

Vincent Riviezzo ... Bank Customer (uncredited)
Danielle Stoner ... Parishoner (uncredited)
Diane Varrenti ... Friend of the Family (uncredited)
Scott Yannick ... Stadium Security Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Tim Chambers 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tim Chambers (screenplay)

Tim Chambers (story) &
Anthony Gargano (story) (as Anthony L. Gargano)

Produced by
John A. Chambers .... executive producer (as John Chambers)
Pat Croce .... executive producer
Vince Curran .... executive producer
Mark Robert Ellis .... co-producer
Beau Flynn .... consulting producer
Howard Gensler .... co-producer
Thomas Karl .... executive producer
Jerry McFadden .... consulting producer
Patrick Peach .... line producer
John Rizzo .... co-producer
Bud S. Smith .... executive producer
M. Scott Smith .... associate producer
Whitney Springer .... producer
Keith Stephenson .... associate producer
Cary Toner .... consulting producer
Sean Wolfington .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
William Ross 
 
Cinematography by
Chuck Cohen 
 
Film Editing by
M. Scott Smith 
 
Casting by
Adrienne Stern 
 
Production Design by
Tim Galvin 
 
Art Direction by
Jesse Rosenthal 
 
Set Decoration by
Elise G. Viola 
 
Costume Design by
Teresa Binder 
 
Makeup Department
Qodi Armstrong .... key hair stylist
Diane Dixon .... hair department head
Diane Heller .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Deb Dyer .... production manager
Keri Lederman .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicole Agostino .... second second assistant director
Craig Borden .... first assistant director
Carlos Reza .... first assistant director: second unit
Mark Shandley .... second assistant director
Mark Spencer .... additional second assistant director
Aaron Stewart .... second assistant director: second unit
Aaron Walters .... key second assistant director
 
Art Department
Krzysztof J. Bratun .... scenic artist
Brandon Cook .... greensmen
Michael T. Galvin .... leadman
Karyn Gerred .... scenic artist
Antony Graf .... construction grip
Jon E. Graf .... construction foreman
Samantha Higgins .... art department production assistant
April Hodick .... art department coordinator
Paul Maiello .... construction coordinator
Morgan Miller .... on-set dresser
Randy L. Parisian .... scenic artist (as Randy Parisian)
Sharon Potts .... assistant property master
Sharon Potts .... set decoration buyer
Jolie Scherberger .... set dresser
Charles J. Scott .... props
Stephen Siersema .... scenic artist
R. Vincent Smith .... property master
William M. Staab .... set dresser
Billy Stearne .... greensmen
Billy Stearne .... set dresser
Nell Stifel .... charge scenic
Tom West .... assistant property master (as Thomas West)
Amy Dholakia-Jorand .... additional graphic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa A. Corns .... sound effects editor
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Murphy .... sound mixer
Robert Pruyn-Bush .... assistant sound
Benjamin Rauscher .... sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Seth Tallman .... boom operator
Chris Trent .... foley editor
Scott Waz .... adr mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Asbury .... gaffer
David Brandon .... key rigging gaffer
Mark Catania .... "a" dolly grip
Daniel C. Cook .... second assistant camera
Jason Cortazzo .... dolly grip: a camera
Edward R. Geller .... rigging electric
April Lanci-Leseur .... assistant camera (as April Lanci)
Michael Leonard .... first assistant camera
Diana Lyn .... still photographer
Rob Mabin .... gaffer: second unit
Lance Mayer .... libra head technician
Joe Meccariello .... director of photography: second unit
Christopher Murphy .... digital video assist operator
Brian Raby .... set electrician
Daniel Rieser .... best boy grip
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera
David Taicher .... camera operator
Bill Vargo .... additional video assist operator
 
Casting Department
Regina Haigh .... casting assistant
Diane Heery .... location casting
Jason Loftus .... casting associate
Tammy Porto .... casting associate
Adrienne Stern .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Boaz .... costume production assistant
Pashelle Clayton-Robinson .... costume supervisor
Lorraine Hawk .... costume production assistant
Honora Jackson .... costumer
Penelope Laughman .... key set costumer
Kara Morasco .... tailor/draper/stitcher
Kathie Pierson .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Tom Foligno .... additional editor
Steve La Ponsie .... additional editor
Mark T. Osborne .... additional colorist
Christopher Reichel .... digital intermediate executive producer
John Scheer .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Kyle Kenneth Batter .... music editor
Minjee Chung .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jerome Leroy .... orchestrator
Jerome Leroy .... score coordinator
Thanh Tran .... music librarian
Thanh Tran .... music preparation
Bruce White .... viola
 
Transportation Department
Corbin Kelly .... transportation
Michael Kelly .... transportation
William McCleery .... swing truck driver
Kirk Kelly .... mechanic (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Billy Benner .... on-set production assistant
Zach Book .... production assistant
Kristen Boulé .... set production assistant
Dave Breitmaier .... production assistant
Dustin Bricker .... script supervisor: second unit
Paul M. Chambers .... production assistant
Tracy L. Connors .... set production assistant
Shane Daniels .... production assistant
Emily Davis .... key production accountant
Mike Davis .... end credits
Sean Donnelly .... location assistant
Robb Foglia .... script supervisor
John Galloway .... location scout
Chris Gormley .... location assistant
Staci Hagenbaugh .... assistant location manager
Sarah Hoopes .... assistant to cast
Dave Jannetta .... production assistant
Kirk Kelly .... misc crew
Michael Kelly .... truck mechanic
Brendan Kirsch .... basketball coach
Elizabeth Kitchens .... production assistant
Mark Kochanowicz .... stand-in: David Boreanaz
Monique LaMontagne .... assistant location manager
Amanda Mackel .... athletic trainer
Blaise Miller .... production assistant
Alexander Murphy Jr. .... legal counsel
Marisa Murphy .... accounting clerk
Kim Ronstadt .... payroll accountant
Julian Ruhe .... location manager
Marlena Schaefer .... assistant to cast
John Scheer .... main title design
Mariellen Ward .... set production assistant
 

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Early in the film, when the girls are in the library talking about joining the basketball team, one girl explains that her boyfriend gave her his letter jacket and she shows the others. It says "O'Hara" on the back. Writer/Director Tim Chambers graduated from Cardinal O'Hara high school in Springfield, Delaware County, PA.See more »
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Anachronisms: Basketball scoreboard displays [POSSESSION] indicating which team is to receive the ball at next change of possession (jump ball). The events occur in 1972. The alternating possession arrow rule went into effect in college basketball in 1981.See more »
Quotes:
Sister Sunday:Not only is change possible; it's as vital as breathing.See more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A fine, fun movie for the whole family, 18 October 2011
Author: punitivedamages from United States

I saw the Mighty Macs in a preview screening tonight, and came away impressed.

First, the themes, or messages, of the movie are good ones. The movie is about a small, cash-strapped girls' school that hires a basketball coach who has visions of greatness. She tries to bring the team around to her vision. So the first theme explored is the theme of staying the course, overcoming obstacles and struggling through adversity. That theme is pretty standard fare for these underdog stories, but it is done well here, and it is all the more resonant because the movie is based on a true story.

The second theme, as I see it, was about the emergence of women in sports and in life in general, and I liked the way that this theme was presented. Nowadays in movies and in the media I often see the raising up of a woman represented by radical cosmetic makeovers or some other reference to external appearance. In the Mighty Macs, the theater actually laughed when they first saw the girls' uniforms. And in one scene, one of the girls on the team who had very little money was called out by someone outside the team for her rundown clothing. Rather than gang up on her, the team rallied to that girl's help. And rather than getting new uniforms so they could be elevated by the clothes, it was the other way around – their inspired play elevated the uniforms, and now the dowdy uniforms are fondly recalled (I know because we got some nice literature from the school at the screening).

Finally, and it's sort of a side note, I liked that there were nuns in the movie, lots of them, and they were not cartoon characters. The movie showed their different personalities; their individuality even amongst their identical appearance, not unlike the team itself. At one point, one of the nuns described her journey toward her vocation, and the treatment of it was entirely respectful. It dignified rather than ridiculed her choice. That should not be remarkable at all, but to me it was, as I almost now expect to see nuns ridiculed.

A fine, fun movie for the whole family.

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