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Church Ball (2006)

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 »

Director:

Kurt Hale
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Cast

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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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kosár, életre-halálra! See more »

Filming Locations:

Orem, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,376, 19 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$464,991, 25 June 2006
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Halestorm Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 18 days. See more »

Goofs

In the third quarter of the championship game, we see that there is 2:17 left on the clock. The next shot of the scoreboard shows that there is 3:04 left in the same quarter. See more »

Connections

References Buns of Steel (1987) See more »

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Watch Your Back
Written and performed by Hell's Stains
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Surprisingly funny
18 March 2006 | by mcomerioSee all my reviews

Well done, creative, good casting, not as annoying cliché as I thought it would be. Something everyone can relate to whether you played church ball or not. Gary Coleman's surprise participation was hilarious. I fully expected to hate it, but for it's industry, I was impressed. Loved the cameos. How did they get these big names for a dinky movie like this? I especially liked how it was obviously a spoof on the Mormon take of it, and took place in a Mormon church, etc., but was done in a way that all religions (or non religious- just anyone that has played basketball) can relate to. Realistically emphasized that even those who strive to live a good live are human with weaknesses, and slip up from time to time, and we can have fun with that. The moral was laid in creatively, subtly, tactfully, and humorously.


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