The Heart of the Game (2006)

Heart of the Game
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 38mins.
Genres Sports, Documentary
Keywords basketball, high school, teen
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Eric Frith Editor n/a 172 7000001
Sue Jacobs Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000001
Ward Serrill Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Ward Serrill Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Richard Palacios Associate Producer n/a 171 3000007
The Angel Music n/a 120781 8000002
The Angel Song ("Believe It") 120859 8000003
Dave Howe Sound Mixer n/a 230 14000002
Mike McAuliffe Sound Design n/a 120905 14000001
Mystic Song Performer ("Believe It") 120788 8000005
The Angel Song Performer ("Believe It") 120788 8000004
Lois Greenberg Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
Amelia Stodghill Associate Producer n/a 171 3000005
Maude Lepley Actor Herself 1 1000005
Devon Crosby Helms Actor Herself 1 1000004
Joyce Walker Actor Herself 1 1000003
Bill Resler Actor Himself 1 1000002
Ludacris Narrator n/a 120790 1000006
Ward Serrill Director n/a 2 2000001
Alice de Muizon Associate Producer n/a 171 3000004
Larry Estes Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Liz Manne Producer n/a 3 3000002
Ward Serrill Producer n/a 3 3000001
Darnellia Russell Actor Herself 1 1000001
A chronicle following the Roosevelt Roughriders girls' basketball team for six tumultuous seasons, capturing the passion and energy of a high school girls' competitive sport. Coach Bill Resler is a tax professor at the University of Washington, with three daughters, when he applies for the job as girls' basketball coach at Roosevelt High. Although his coaching experience is minimal, he has a philosophy that disciplined training and healthy aggression will play a key role in turning an average team into champions. Using metaphors and themes to inspire the girls each year, Coach Roesler encourages them to think and act like a "pride of lions," a "tropical storm" and a "pack of wolves"--all to communicate the mindset required of a championship team. He invents an "inner circle" that is free of parents and authority figures in which the girls can work through problems on their own. And at the start of every season, he makes them run, and run, and run--training them to outlast the competition. But when Darnellia Russell, a young African-American from a neighborhood across town, walks on the mostly-white Roosevelt court, both Russell and Relser will be changed forever. A phenomenal talent with WNBA potential, she develops into one of the very best players in the state. In her junior year, Darnellia is faced with a challenge that could put both her basketball and academic future in jeopardy. Both her teammates and her coach must decide whether or not to support her desire to continue playing, even after she's ruled ineligible by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the state's governing sports organization.