The Mighty Macs (2010)

Genre: Drama


Director : Tim Chambers

Cast : Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton, Ellen Burstyn

Release Year : 2010

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. THE MIGHTY MACS stars Carla Gugino as Cathy Rush; David Boreanaz as her husband, NBA referee Ed Rush; Marley Shelton as Sister Sunday; and Academy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn as Mother St. John. The film was written, directed, and produced by Tim Chambers. The film's executive producers are Pat Croce, the former president of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, and Vince Curran, a successful businessman and former basketball star at Penn. Curran and Chambers are founders and partners of Quaker Media. Get ready to cheer on a true Cinderella team when THE MIGHTY MACS opens in theaters on October 21.

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  • Diana Puglisi

    I am still waiting for the release of this film. It has been done for at least 2 years.
    It looks really good in the previews. I heard it also won awards at film festivals.
    When do we get to see the final product?
    I am an Alum of Immaculata U .

  • Rachel

    I am mad. This damn movie has been pushed back so many times!!! I still want to see it and will go out to a movie theatre the first time I get the chance, but don’t push it. I am also an Immaculata Alum. WE WANT THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • George Pellegrino

    I worked on this movie as well. It is a great movie but I think from what I have heard they are trying to find a distributor. In my mind Disney needs to take this movie under its wing. I can see promotion is conjunction with McDondalds as well with their Big Mac’s. Sounds hokey but I think it would work.

  • Connie

    My stepdad is 91 years old and a former college basketball player who loves to watch women’s college basketball and the WNBA. I really hope he gets the chance to see this movie. We also watched Katie Hayek’s high school basketball career at Lancaster Catholic.

  • Jill, September 12, 2010

    I graduated from West Chester State in 1975 and began my teaching career at Spring-Ford High School in the fall of 1975. I am very thankful that someone made this wholesome movie which is suitable and inspiring to children and adults alike. Why hasn’t it been released in theaters yet?

  • Guest

    Apparently an announcement about the film is expected ay day now. Tim Chambers actually was on campus…the week before last I tihnk it was. Word on the IU grapevine is that they are really close to striking a deal with a major distributor. They’re really hoping to release the film sometime early next March. At least that is what I have heard on campus. We’re still really excited though.

  • ED