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In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their first national championship.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Gugino ... Cathy Rush
Marley Shelton ... Sister Sunday
Ellen Burstyn ... Mother St. John
David Boreanaz ... Ed Rush
Katie Hayek Katie Hayek ... Trish Sharkey
Kim Blair ... Lizanne Caufield
Meghan Sabia Meghan Sabia ... Jen Galentino
Margaret Anne Florence ... Rosemary Keenan
Kate Nowlin ... Colleen McCann
Taylor Steel Taylor Steel ... Mimi Malone
Bianca Brunson Bianca Brunson ... Gayle Moore
Malachy McCourt ... Monsignor
Phyllis Somerville ... Sister Sister
Jodie Lynne McClintock ... Sister Thomas
Marianne Bonner Marianne Bonner ... Sister Sarge
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Storyline

It's 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time, and she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women's basketball. In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women's Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College. Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she's willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals-or perhaps she's just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them. From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no ... Written by Anonymous

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She dared to dream. They dared to believe.

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Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Lady of Victory See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$963,221, 23 October 2011

Gross USA:

$1,891,936

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,891,936
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Quaker Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kathy and Ed Rush make cameo appearances. Kathy as the bank teller and Ed as the supporter who "forgets" to take his lotion after donating. See more »

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Basketball scoreboard displays [POSSESSION] indicating which team is to receive the ball at next change of possession (jump ball). The events occur in 1972. The alternating possession arrow rule went into effect in college basketball in 1981. See more »

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Sister Sunday: Not only is change possible; it's as vital as breathing.
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Really nice inspirational basketball movie which tells a true story.
12 May 2012 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

First let me confess, I fell in love with Carla Gugino in the first 'Spy Kids' movie. She is absolutely beautiful and she can act, too!

Here she is Cathy Rush , only 23 and just married. Her husband is an NBA referee thus travels a lot. Cathy had played some basketball but no coaching experience. To give her something to do, rather than just stay home when her husband was on the road, she applied for the girls basketball coaching job at a small Catholic girls college in the Philadelphia area. This is the true story of how she took this rag-tag bunch of girls, taught them principles of achievement, and went on to establish a winning basketball program.

David Boreanaz is her husband, Ed Rush. Pretty Marley Shelton (of 'Pleasantville' fame) is Sister Sunday who is having grave doubts about her vocation, but becomes the assistant coach. Ellen Burstyn is super as the mother superior of the college, Mother St. John .

The DVD also has an interesting extra which includes not only the real Cathy Rush but also some of the members of her early 1970s championship basketball teams.

Aside from just a good story, Cathy Rush and her teams represented the leading wave of the transition from the old style girls basketball (3 forwards and 3 guards, each set only playing half-court) to the new style that we know today.

Good movie!

Edit June 2019: Just watched it again on Amazon streaming, it was just like seeing it fresh, totally enjoyable viewing.


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