The Mighty Macs

October 21st, 2011


The Mighty Macs

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In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their first national championship.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.1/10 (341 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Tim Chambers

Stars: Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton

It's 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time, and she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women's basketball. In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women's Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College. Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she's willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals-or perhaps she's just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them. From the beginning...

Writers: Tim Chambers, Tim Chambers

Carla Gugino - Cathy Rush
David Boreanaz - Ed Rush
Marley Shelton - Sister Sunday
Ellen Burstyn - Mother St. John
Lauren Bittner - Mary Margaret O'Malley
Jennifer Butler - Nun (as Jennifer Wiener)
Ward Horton - Frankie Sharkey
Margaret Anne Florence - Rosemary Keenan
Katie Hayek - Trish Sharkey
Phyllis Somerville - Sister Sister
Jesse Draper - Mrs. Ballard
Kate Nowlin - Colleen McCann
Kim Blair - Lizanne Caufield
Christopher Mann - Julius Moore
Malachy McCourt - Monsignor

Taglines: She dared to dream. They dared to believe.

Release Date: 21 October 2011

Filming Locations: Hill School - 717 E. High Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $963,221 (USA) (23 October 2011) (975 Screens)

Gross: $1,864,952 (USA) (20 November 2011)

Technical Specs


Anachronisms: Early in the film as Coach Cathy Rush checks out the school's activity room, boxes with laser printed labels (both taped on and sealed onto) can be seen. This film takes place in the early 70's and such printing (fonts, style etc) wouldn't have been available.

User Review

Great family-friendly film with a "classic" feel


Based upon the true story of the Immaculata College women's basketball team, it is thoroughly refreshing to see a G-rated film with human actors in it. This values-oriented sports drama has the feel of an older, classic Hollywood film that emphasizes the importance of personal dreams, the will to win, and the need for shared sacrifice to achieve success.

These women were at the forefront of everyday women's liberation, depending upon themselves rather than politicians or demonstrations to achieve their goals. Their combined efforts helped to put college women's athletic programs "on the map". Later achievements of individual team members in women's athletics, business, non-profit foundations and academia tell us just how special these women really are.


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