Double Teamed

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Double Teamed
Directed by Duwayne Dunham
Produced by Don Schain
Written by Douglas Penn
John Wierick
Starring Poppi Monroe
Annie McElwain
Language English
Original channel Disney Channel
Release date January 18, 2002 (2002-01-18)
Running time 105 minutes

Double Teamed! is a 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie based on the life stories of professional basketball players Heather and Heidi Burge.[1][2] The film aired on the Disney Channel on January 18, 2002 and was released on VHS, which is now out of print.[3]

Plot[edit]

The Burge sisters were, according to their father, forced to leave their former school and attend a different school in order that they would have better chances at college scholarships. Heidi tended to think that she was second best. In an attempt to get out of Heather's shadow, she joined in a school play.

Heather was involved mainly in volleyball rather than in basketball, until a coach noticed her because of her height. She seized this opportunity to play basketball because it would help her train for the coming volleyball season. Heather met Nicky, the star of the Palos Verdes High School Sea Kings. Heidi did not know she could play basketball until her father told her that he told the same coach that both of the twins would play for the school, despite the fact that Heidi had already committed to performing in a school play.

Heather did not like that her father wanted Heidi to play. Heidi, of course, initially opposed her father's decision because she wanted to be independent of Heather and pursue her own interests. However, she later accepted it and decided to play.She also thought that Heather told her father to do it.

When the twins first started playing for the Sea Kings, they left a bad impression on the team by lying and implying to their teammates that they were rich. Heather and Nicky formed a rivalry and Nicky even tried to run the Burge twins out of school by telling the school about the Burges' living situation.

They both eventually befriended Nicky, as they saw that her father was too preoccupied with business to attend her basketball games and decided to make peace. At their first tournament in New York, they won second, and Heather won MVP. However, in another one of their games, Heidi was the star, as she was selected to take the game winning free throws. This made Heather, the usual star, jealous, so she later played a late-night one-on-one game with Galen, a male player also living in their apartment complex Sandy Shores.

While playing Heather falls and twists her ankle preventing her from playing their next game, which they nearly lost. Right then, Heather decided to start playing again for the sake of the team, despite being injured. Her effort was rewarded, and they went on to win a championship.

After the game, their coach approaches the twins and their parents, Mary and Larry Burge, and tells Mr. and Mrs. Burge they should consider putting the girls in summer basketball camps, saying they have a great, very bright future and they are going to play college ball - "maybe more", he says. "There's talk of a women's pro-league."

A clip of the future is then shown, and both Burge twins are playing on professional WNBA teams. Heidi played for the Los Angeles Sparks and Heather played for the Sacramento Monarchs. As usual Heather talks to Heidi and says: "Once second best always second best", followed by the tip off and they both jump for the ball. In reality, the sisters' time in the WNBA did not overlap and they never faced each other in a WNBA game.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

A reviewer for the Sun-Sentinel gave a mixed review for Double Teamed, saying it was "paint-by-the-numbers" but that the "happy, Disney-style ending is a slam-dunk."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HENDERSON, MARTIN (January 22, 2002). "Yoshida Enjoys Double Feature". LA Times. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Double Teamed Review Summary". New York Times/Rovi. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "DISNEY MOVIE LOOKS AT WORLD'S TALLEST TWINS". Akron Beacon Journal. January 18, 2002. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "ACTRESSES FILL DISNEY'S TALL ORDER FOR DOUBLE TEAMED". South Florida Sun - Sentinel. Jan 23, 2002. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 

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