Church Ball

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Church Ball
Church Ball Movie Poster.jpg
Directed by Kurt Hale
Produced by George Dayton
Kurt Hale
Dave Hunter
Written by Paul Eagleston
Kurt Hale
Stephen Rose
Starring Fred Willard
Andrew Wilson
Clint Howard
Gary Coleman
Ross Brockley
Curt Dousett
Larry Bagby
Steve Anderson
Cinematography Billy Webb
Edited by Wynn Hougaard
John Lyde
Distributed by Halestorm Entertainment
Release dates
  • March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,000,000

Church Ball is a 2006 comedy film about a basketball team from a ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

This family-film and comedy was filmed in and around Provo, Utah and is distributed by Halestorm Entertainment.


A local Utah LDS Church's holds the record as having the worst basketball team in the church ball league. The team has failed to make it into the church tournament in the past 20 years. Due to rumors of this being the last year of the league, former team coach, and now Bishop Linderman (Fred Willard) has called Dennis Buckstead (Andrew Wilson) to coach a team made of clumsy misfits to the championship.

Church expectations of brotherly love, sportsmanship, and fellowship fall prey to competitive fierceness in the effort to win, while Dennis works to bring unity and cooperation.


The basketball games in the movie were filmed in the Salt Lake Park Stake's Stake Center.

It was also during the filming of this movie that actor Gary Coleman met his wife, Shannon Price. In an interview during an April 2009 broadcast of the Opie and Anthony radio show, Coleman described his dissatisfaction with the film's quality, remarking that watching the production process was like "giving monkeys cameras and lights".


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