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The Heart of the Game (2005)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Sport | 7 July 2006 (USA)
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A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play.


Ward Serrill


Ward Serrill
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ludacris ... Narrator (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Darnellia Russell ... Herself
Bill Resler ... Himself
Devon Crosby Helms Devon Crosby Helms ... Herself (as Devon Crosby-Helms)
Meghan Miller Meghan Miller ... Herself
Jade White Jade White ... Herself
Lindsey Wilson Lindsey Wilson ... Herself
Michael Silva Michael Silva ... Himself (as Mike 'Riderman' Silva)
Emily Watson Emily Watson ... Herself
Hillary Seidel Hillary Seidel ... Herself
Aaron Jack Aaron Jack ... Himself
Maria Mendoza Maria Mendoza ... Herself
Keasha Beward Keasha Beward ... Herself
April Swafford April Swafford ... Herself
Maude Lepley Maude Lepley ... Herself


A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play.

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THE HEART OF THE GAME captures the passion and energy of a Seattle high school girls' basketball team, the eccentricity of their unorthodox coach, and the incredible true story of one player's fight to play the game she loves. See more »


Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

7 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I kardia tou paihnidiou See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,251, 11 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$444,687, 3 September 2006
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Resler: One of the things really that makes coaching fun is when you tell teenagers "Go do 'ABC'", and they'll look at you and say "Yes, we're going to go do 'ABC'", and they're excited about "ABC", and five seconds later you watch them do "XYZ", and sometimes I'll ask them "Why did you do 'XYZ'?" and they never have an answer. They always look at you like, "Why would you ask a question like that?"
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Believe It
Written by M. Ludlum and The Angel (as Angel C.)
Performed by The Angel featuring Mystic
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A Wonderful Surprise
3 August 2007 | by pootnanny1964See all my reviews

This documentary had me talking about it days after watching it. It had me truly rooting for everyone in the movie. When the movie went off it left me wanting more. Ward Serrill should be nothing but proud of his work. I'm just upset that I hadn't heard of this documentary before.

It's nice to see someone like Bill Resler who isn't a big name in sports take a team and not be concerned about them winning and yet turn the team into a powerhouse. Yet also you end up also liking their rivals and their coach Joyce Walker. Although the movie is about a team you can't help but get attached to Darnellia Russell.

This is a must see documentary.

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