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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.

Director:

Robert Collector

Writers:

Robert Collector (screenplay), Harold Keith (book)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeffrey Donovan ... Clay Driscoll
Samantha Mathis ... Jean Driscoll
Bruce Dern ... Ellis Brawley
Bob Gunton ... Hugh Moreland
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryil Adamson ... Myerson
Dana Albright Dana Albright ... Mr. Grove
Pamela Atherton Pamela Atherton ... Ruth Selman
Kristin Brye ... Pat Thompson
Terry Buesgens Terry Buesgens ... Medfield Ref
Mike Carlucci ... (Voice) Basketball TV Announcer
Paula Criss Paula Criss ... Mrs. Blair
Marta Cross ... Sadie York (as Marta McGonagle)
Stephanie Marie Delgado ... Popular Girl
Camilla DeRamus Camilla DeRamus ... Mrs. Johnson
Jamie Dickerson ... Liz Blair
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Поверь в меня See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,569, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$208,565, 1 April 2007
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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

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Believe in Me (Brief Garland) reaches to the heart of every female athlete.
21 August 2007 | by neuwirmSee all my reviews

This is an excellent book/video that should be seen by every athlete, girl or boy, and those who coach them. The movie is full of action, yet tasteful enough that you can show it to young people. I visited with the actual coach of this team and he unsuccessfully fought to keep the six-on-six style of play in the movie. He requested to keep the book name and the movie name the same but that was nixed, also. I agree that for those of us who played this way, it was disappointing to watch the girls play five on five. I graduated in 1977 from a school about 30 miles from Sayre, where Coach wrote the story about. The movie is full of action, yet tasteful enough that you can show it to young people. Basketball ROCKS in southwest OKLAHOMA!!!!!


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