The Mighty Macs

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  • G
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 2009
  • Running time: 102 min
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. read more

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, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school's Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field a team! While it appears the Macs don't have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday - a spunky assistant coach - and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team - and the school - together. Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing's for certain: there's never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata! THE MIGHTY MACS is based on the incredible true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original Cinderella story in women's basketball. This team of pioneers went from barely making that inaugural tournament to the first dynasty in their game. And Cathy Rush, the woman that was ahead of her time, became immortalized when she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Original Release

10/21/2009

US Release

10/21/2009

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Cast

Carla Gugino Cathy Rush
David Boreanaz Ed Rush
Marley Shelton Sister Sunday
Ellen Burstyn Mother St. John
Phyllis Somerville Sister Sister
Jennifer Butler Nun
Katie Hayek Trish Sharkey
Kim Blair Lizanne Caufield
Meghan Sabia Jen Galentino
Margaret Anne Florence Rosemary Keenan
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Tim Chambers

Writers

Tim Chambers, Anthony Gargano

Cast

Carla Gugino Cathy Rush
David Boreanaz Ed Rush
Marley Shelton Sister Sunday
Ellen Burstyn Mother St. John
Phyllis Somerville Sister Sister
Jennifer Butler Nun
Katie Hayek Trish Sharkey
Kim Blair Lizanne Caufield
Meghan Sabia Jen Galentino
Margaret Anne Florence Rosemary Keenan
Kate Nowlin Colleen McCann
Taylor Steel Mimi Malone
Bianca Brunson Gayle Moore
Malachy McCourt Monsignor
Jodie Lynne McClintock Sister Thomas
Marianne Bonner Sister Sarge
Ginny Graham Sister Jane
Lauren Bittner Mary Margaret O'Malley
Lauren Karl Kelly MacDougal
Catherine Rush Bank Teller

Producers

John A. Chambers Executive Producer
Pat Croce Executive Producer
Vince Curran Executive Producer
Thomas Karl Executive Producer
Dennis Rice Executive Producer
Bud S. Smith Executive Producer
Sean Wolfington Executive Producer
Julie Byrne Producer
Tim Chambers Producer
Mark Robert Ellis Producer
Beau Flynn Producer
Howard Gensler Producer
Jerry McFadden Producer
Patrick Peach Producer
John Rizzo Producer
M. Scott Smith Producer
Whitney Springer Producer
Keith Stephenson Producer
Cary Toner Producer

Editors

M. Scott Smith

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