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The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

Director:

Sunu Gonera

Writers:

Kevin Michael Smith (screenplay), Michael Gozzard (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Howard ... Jim Ellis
Bernie Mac ... Elston
Kimberly Elise ... Sue Davis
Tom Arnold ... Bink
Brandon Fobbs ... Puddin Head
Alphonso McAuley ... Walt
Regine Nehy ... Willie
Nate Parker ... Hakim
Kevin Phillips ... Andre
Scott Eastwood ... Jake (as Scott Reeves)
Evan Ross ... Reggie
Gary Anthony Sturgis ... Franklin (as Gary Sturgis)
Jesse Moore Jesse Moore ... Artrell (Willie's Father)
Carol Sutton ... Ophelia (Andre's Mother)
Tony Bentley ... Race Official (UOFB) (as Tony Bently)
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The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two can reach higher than one. Eight will touch a miracle. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language including some racial epithets, and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

P.D.R. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,533,300, 23 March 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,036,608, 7 November 2014
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(European Film Market)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The journal that the character of Puddin Head writes in is actor Brandon Fobbs's actual personal journal. See more »

Goofs

When Jim is ironing his suit and Elston comes in to talk to him, the iron is placed with the handle facing away from the suit. In the next shot, the handle is toward the suit. See more »

Quotes

Jim Ellis: My life is way too short for me to spend my time around people who don't care about nothin'.
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Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I CAN'T WAIT MUCH LONGER
Written by Francis Miller and Robin Trower
Performed by Robin Trower
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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good exposure
24 March 2007 | by cwesjennSee all my reviews

I am interested to know how involved Coach Ellis was with this film. I am an African-American swimming coach as well; and I am delighted to see Black swimming get this kind of exposure. However, there were some technical aspects of the film relative to the swimming (the order of events, the starter's pistol, the starters command, the coaching instructions) that were not quite accurate.

Also, I thought Cheney State was a historically Black college. How was he the only Black swimmer on the team? I swam on a predominantly Black team during that era. We visited all-white venues. I do not remember any hostility. And we were traveling south of the Philadelphia area. I guess the tension was fictional and for theatrical purposes.

Lastly, the pulling at the heartstrings and tears were a little over the top. I guess the success of Oprah and chick flicks is precipitating this type of genre. I would have appreciated Bernie Mack's humor coming out a little more to balance the crying.


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