The Mighty Macs
|The Mighty Macs|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tim Chambers|
|Produced by||Tim Chambers|
|Story by||Anthony Gargano|
|Music by||William Ross|
|Edited by||M. Scott Smith|
|Distributed by||Freestyle Releasing|
The Mighty Macs is a 2009 American film by director Tim Chambers. It stars Carla Gugino in the lead role of Cathy Rush, a Hall of Fame women's basketball coach. The film premiered in the 2009 Heartland Film Festival and was released theatrically in the United States on October 21, 2011 through indie film label Freestyle Releasing.
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In 1971, Cathy Rush, a woman ahead of her time, takes a job as the head women's basketball coach at Immaculata College. Rush faces a challenge of trying to compete against perennial powerhouses. Seven members of the 1972 Immaculata championship team appear as nuns in a church scene.
- Carla Gugino as Cathy Rush
- Ellen Burstyn as Mother St. John
- Marley Shelton as Sister Sunday
- David Boreanaz as Ed Rush
- Katie Hayek as Trish Sharkey
- Kim Blair as Lizanne Caufield
- Margaret Anne Florence as Rosemary Keenan
- Taylor Steel as Mimi Malone
- Kate Nowlin as Colleen McCann
- Meghan Sabia as Jen Galentino
- Phyllis Somerville as Sister Sister
- Tony Luke Jr as Salvator Galentino
- Kathy Romano as Gate Agent
- Joe Conklin as Game Announcer
The film was filmed in 2007, but not released until 2011 due to the difficulties of finding a distributor. The director, Tim Chambers, had a potential distribution deal with Disney, but turned it down because Disney wanted to add coarse language to earn PG rating, but Chambers preferred to go for a G rating. Chambers worked out a deal with Freestyle Releasing, and the movie opened four years after completing the filming.
The Mighty Macs received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 46%, based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's consensus reads, "Its heart is obviously in the right place, but The Mighty Macs is too blandly formulaic to transcend the genre's many clichés." On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 49 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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- Official website
- The Mighty Macs at the Internet Movie Database
- The Mighty Macs film trailer on YouTube
- The Mighty Macs channel at YouTube
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