The Winning Season
|The Winning Season|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||James C. Strouse|
|Written by||James C. Strouse|
|Music by||Edward Shearmur|
|Cinematography||Frank G. DeMarco|
|Edited by||Joe Klotz|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate (North America/United Kingdom)|
The Winning Season is a 2009 sports comedy film written and directed by James C. Strouse, starring Sam Rockwell. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and had a limited theatrical release on September 3, 2010. Lionsgate bought the United Kingdom and United States rights to the film at Sundance. Plum Pictures and Gigi Films produced the film.
Bill, a divorced deadbeat dad, is estranged from his teenage daughter Molly. His friend Terry is a high school principal who gives him a job as the coach for the girls' varsity basketball team. Bill begins to regret his decision when he meets the girls on the team: Abbie, Tamra, Mindy, Wendy, Lisa, and Kathy. They improve under Bill's coaching and advise him on his relationship with his daughter, but their winning season does not protect the girls from their real world difficulties.
- Sam Rockwell as Bill
- Shareeka Epps as Lisa Robinson
- Emily Rios as Kathy Reyes
- Rooney Mara as Wendy Webber
- Emma Roberts as Abbie Miller
- Meaghan Witri as Tamra
- Melanie Hinkle as Mindy
- Margo Martindale as Donna
- Rob Corddry as Terry
- Shana Dowdeswell as Molly
- Caitlin Colford as Trish
- Connor Paolo as Damon
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