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Church Ball (2006)

PG | | Comedy, Sport | 17 March 2006 (USA)
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 »


Kurt Hale




Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Wilson ... Dennis Buckstead
Fred Willard ... Bishop Linderman
Clint Howard ... Gene Jensen
Gary Coleman ... Charles Higgins
Amy Stewart ... Susan Buckstead
Ross Brockley Ross Brockley ... Mickey Morgan
Chad Long Chad Long ... Don Weaver
Stan Ellsworth Stan Ellsworth ... Jeremiah Jones
Steve Anderson Steve Anderson ... Thurman
Sina Amedson ... Nadar Nazbarechov
Curt Doussett ... Bruce Bracken
Larry Bagby ... Blake Bracken
Thurl Bailey Thurl Bailey ... Moses Mahoney
Mindy B. Young Mindy B. Young ... Bertha (as Mindy Young)
Dillan Conrad Dillan Conrad ... Billy Buckstead


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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Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor

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5 April 2006 | by chaka4612See all my reviews

I was not expecting much going in to this, but still came away disappointed. This was my least favorite Halestorm production I have seen. I thought it was supposed to be a comedy, but I only snickered at 3 or 4 jokes. Is it really a funny gag to see a fat guy eating donuts and falling down over and over? What was up with the janitor in Heaven scene? Fred Willard has been hilarious with some of his Christopher Guest collaborations, but this did not work. They must have spent all the budget on getting "known" actors to appear in this because there was no lighting budget. It looked like it was filmed with a video camera and most scenes were very dark. Does it really take that much film to show someone actually shoot and make a basket, as opposed to cutting away and editing a ball swishing through a basket? I try not to be too critical of low budget comedies, but if you want to see something funny go to a real Church basketball game instead of this movie.

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Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kosár, életre-halálra! See more »

Filming Locations:

Orem, Utah, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,376, 19 March 2006

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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