The Winning Season

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The Winning Season
The Winning Season Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James C. Strouse
Produced by Kara Baker
Jana Daniela
Taplin Lundberg
Galt Niederhoffer
Celine Rattray
Gia Walsh
Written by James C. Strouse
Starring Sam Rockwell
Shareeka Epps
Emily Rios
Rooney Mara
Emma Roberts
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Frank G. DeMarco
Edited by Joe Klotz
Distributed by Lionsgate (North America/United Kingdom)
Release date
  • January 19, 2009 (2009-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • September 3, 2010 (2010-09-03) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

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.[1] Lionsgate bought the United Kingdom and United States rights to the film at Sundance. Plum Pictures and Gigi Films produced the film.[2]


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.[3]



  1. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (September 1, 2010). "Hoops Drama "Winning Season" Completely Predictable". ABC News. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
  2. ^ Zeitchik, Steven; & Fernandez, Jay A. (January 20, 2009). "'Winning Season' for Lionsgate". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 21, 2009.
  3. ^ Chang, Justin (January 21, 2009). "The Winning Season". Variety. Retrieved January 21, 2009.

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