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


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 »

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Bill Resler: Look into their eyes!
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Spoofs Braveheart (1995) See more »


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Written by M. Ludlum and The Angel (as Angel C.)
Performed by The Angel featuring Mystic
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By-the-numbers success story finally dunks at the end
24 February 2007 | by oneloveallSee all my reviews

This is a decent sports documentary which covers six intense seasons on a Washington high school girl's basketball team. At the heart of The Heart of the Game, the focus draws towards the Roosevelt Roughrider's passionate, dedicated coach, and his relationship with a troubled and talented point guard. The portraits afforded here do offer uplifting, adversity-conquering glimpses into the soul of true athletes and the support systems set up to help make them thrive, but still usually ends providing more glimpse then revelation. During the six year season coverage, the random ups and downs that occur for this championship-hungry pack of females do become redundant, often substituting genuine sentiment for cold statistics, summed up by rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges boring narration.

Coach Bill Resier remains an inspiration throughout, showing unfettered dedication to his young team, though the focus on young star Darnellia Russell does become questionable in the articulation of this simple film's thesis. It can feel at times that the filmmakers are trying to paint this talented young women in a light that will best serve their movie, despite the contradictory behavior coming from her on-screen. Nevertheless, the ensuing legal battle that saw her coaches and teammates fighting for her to finish senior year on the team drives a uniting morale that finally brings an emotional sting near the satisfying conclusion. Certainly not necessary, especially given the overshadowing Hoop Dreams that will forever dominate this niche, the realistically moving finale somewhat justifies the majority of doc's uninvolved detailing.

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7 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,251, 11 June 2006

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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