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Spirit of the Game (2016)

PG | | Biography | 7 October 2016 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Darran Scott (as J.D. Scott)

Writer:

Darran Scott (as J.D. Scott)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Heidi Arena 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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Biography

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements
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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

The painting seen in the missionaries' apartment (Del Parsons' "Christ in Red Robe") was painted in 1983. A painting in the mission president's office showing Jesus Christ with a child (Greg Olsen's "In His Light") was painted in 1999. Olsen's portrait of Jesus "The Gentle Healer" also appears in the mission president's office. All of these were created decades after the film's mid-1950s setting. See more »

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References The Other Side of Heaven (2001) See more »

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News On the March
Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Olympic Marimba Records
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Love the story line, basketball could have been better
12 February 2018 | by macpharlanSee all my reviews

Fantastic story, I am a Mormon and lived right by Preston Idaho and I had never heard this story, so glad it was told.

I do wish they would have used some better basketball playing, would have made it even more enjoyable.


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