The Mighty Macs movie is inspired by the true life Cinderella story of coach Cathy Rush who dared to dream the impossible and, in doing so, led her Immaculata College women’s basketball team during the 1971-1972 season to the first of three consecutive collegiate titles.
That in itself is significant as that first championship captured by Immaculata was also the first ever national title in women’s collegiate basketball.
The movie stars Carla Gugino as Rush, Marley Shelton as Sister Sunday, David Boreanaz as Ed Rush and Ellen Burstyn as Mother St. John and is set against the background of the small, at the time, all-women’s Catholic college which featured some of the coach’s biggest hurdles in order to compete at all: no budget for sports (transportation, uniforms, etc.) and no gymnasium (as it had burned down only months prior to Rush’s arrival).
Against these odds, among others, Coach Rush builds a team of women who become not just contenders but champions in the truest sense of the word. This is definitely a feel-good movie and very aptly moves the audience up and down emotionally through what were extremely trying times for all concerned.
The acting and directing were extremely good, capturing the flavor of the times and the environment. The actresses who portray the Mighty Macs of 1972 on the big screen are: Kim Blair (Lizanne Caufield), Bianka Allyon Brunson (Gayle Moore), Margaret Anne Florence (Rosemary Keenan), Katie Hayek (Trish Sharkey), Kate Nowlin (Colleen McCann), Meghan Sabia (Jen Galantino), and Taylor Steel (Mimi Malone).
For anyone who wants (or needs) a pick-me-up, for those who wish their families to watch a good, old fashioned G Rated movie that contains great content, and balances drama and humor, then The Mighty Macs is your ticket.
The premiere was held at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, approximately 30 miles from Immaculata.
The movie opens across the US on October 21. More information is available at: The Mighty Macs.
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