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Spirit of the Game (2016)

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In the lead up to the 1956 Olympic games, a group of missionaries are tasked with helping the fledgling Australian basketball team compete in their first ever Olympics, and in doing so, unite a nation still coming to grips after the war.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Heidi Arena ... Mary Condie
Rudi Baker Rudi Baker ... Stan Page
Bailey Barbour ... Young Delyle
Roy Barker ... Syd
Corey Bear Corey Bear ... Elder Christensen
Sam Bissett Sam Bissett ... Dirty Teenager
Luca Bizzarri Luca Bizzarri ... Lindsay Gaze
Ben Bordeau ... Jean-Paul Beugnot
Harry Borland Harry Borland ... Inga
Laurence Boxhall ... Elder Morton
Wade Briggs ... Don Hull
Chris Broadbent ... Australian Olympic Player
Cody Robert Cameron ... Utah Player
Cameron Caulfield Cameron Caulfield ... Brett Davies
Travers Cleeman Travers Cleeman ... Extra - basketball crowd
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In the lead up to the 1956 Olympic games, a group of missionaries are tasked with helping the fledgling Australian basketball team compete in their first ever Olympics, and in doing so, unite a nation still coming to grips after the war.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,580, 7 October 2016

Gross USA:

$239,565, 13 November 2016
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Trivia

Elder Condie meets Elder John H. Groberg on the boat to Australia, and Elder Groberg tells him he's getting off at Tonga. The story of Elder Groberg's missionary experiences is told in the film The Other Side of Heaven (2001). See more »

Goofs

Elder Hull has earing scars. In the 1950s it would be very rare for any man to wear an earing, let alone a Mormon. See more »

Connections

References Lady and the Tramp (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

News On the March
Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Olympic Marimba Records
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This Is a Winner!
7 March 2017 | by blue-7See all my reviews

After reading the review in the local newspaper I decided to skip seeing this in a theater. Then I heard raves from my cousin and his wife and decided to check it out with my wife. So glad that we did as we really enjoyed the film. Based on true story that we were not familiar with but one that was fascinating to learn about. Mormon haters will go on hating Mormons but any reasonable person will find this story of missionaries getting involved with helping train a team about to compete in the Olympics to play better basketball is exciting and inspiring. Now out on DVD I highly recommend it to sportsmen and families who love faith building movies.


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