The Heart of the Game

The Heart of the Game

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The Heart of the Game

Bill Resler was a professor at the University of Washington who had possessed a passionate interest in basketball. Resler decided to put his love of the game to work when he heard that Seattle's Roosevelt High School needed a coach for their women's basketball team. Despite having almost no experience as a coach, Resler landed the job, and soon began making a difference with the team, firing his players up with enthusiasm and encouraging them to think of themselves not as girl basketball players, but as athletes. Resler's coaching helped to turn a team that usually sat near the bottom of the rankings into serious contenders for a district championship, and produced at least one star player, point guard Darnella Russell. Russell is a gifted player who hopes she can turn her talent on the court into a college scholarship, since her family can't afford to send her on their own dime, but Russell also has a sharp tongue and a short temper that has earned her a reputation as a disciplinary problem. When Russell becomes pregnant, she finds herself fighting to remain in school, and to hold on to her eligibility to play on the team in the future. The Heart of the Game is a documentary which examines Bill Resler's fight to rebuild the women's basketball program at Roosevelt and Russell's battle to stay in the game. The Heart of the Game earned an enthusiastic reception following its screenings at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
UPC: 0786936704594
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG13
Source: Miramax
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:38:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary; Feature commentary with director Ward Serrill; The Making of The Heart of the Game; Beyond The Heart of the Game - including interviews with Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Coach Bill Resler and Darnellia Russell

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges Narrator
Darnellia Russell Participant
Bill Resler Participant
Devon Crosby-Helms Participant
Meghan Miller Participant
Jade White Participant
Lindsey Wilson Participant
Mike "Riderman" Silva Participant
Emily Watson Participant
Hillary Seidel Participant
James White Participant
Aaron Jack Participant
Mona Mendoza Participant
Keasha Beard Participant
April Swafford Participant
Maude Lepley Participant
Joyce Walker Participant
Joel Waters Participant
Marjorie Russell Participant
Jerry Ronk Participant
Shannon Costello Participant
Jenny Wild Participant
Alex Jessup Participant
Emiko Harris Participant
Leondrae Morris Participant
Betty Harris Participant
Urika Russell Participant
Leyla Khastou Participant
Tracey Leddo Participant
Secoy Clemmons Participant
Trekayla Clemmons Participant
Kenyon Luce Participant
Malia O'Neil Participant
Mike Colbrese Participant
Kelli Cutright Participant
Mackenzie Argens The Roughriders
Molly Boyd The Roughriders
Colleen Bresee-Woods The Roughriders
Alex Capelotto The Roughriders
Jen Cheun Bouddy The Roughriders
Korleana Davico The Roughriders
Ariel Evans The Roughriders
Alaina Forbes The Roughriders
Breianna Gaines The Roughriders
Tammy Hartung The Roughriders
Johanna Hase The Roughriders
Mattie Hesch The Roughriders
Corry Holme The Roughriders
Libby Jansen The Roughriders
Kimmy Kirkwood The Roughriders
Jamie McIntyre The Roughriders
Laura Mohler The Roughriders
Colleen Mori The Roughriders
Anne Moxon The Roughriders
Betsey Neel The Roughriders
Angela Nefcy The Roughriders
Monica Nelson The Roughriders
Piper Nims The Roughriders
Rachel Nord The Roughriders
Amanda Ostrom The Roughriders
Morgan Patterson The Roughriders
J'Nai Pich The Roughriders
Erin Pursell The Roughriders
Allison Reiman The Roughriders
Anna Sarff The Roughriders
Maggie Torrance The Roughriders
Amber Warren The Roughriders
Jamila Bates The Bulldogs
Kaneshia Brooks The Bulldogs
Delaney Conway The Bulldogs
Nicole Higgins The Bulldogs
Anna Johnsen The Bulldogs
Laura Kanter The Bulldogs
Jazmyne Kendrick The Bulldogs
Ashley Knight The Bulldogs
Briana Lewis The Bulldogs
Ashley Mitchell The Bulldogs
Neal Natasha The Bulldogs
Mitia Oliver The Bulldogs
Lacale Pringle-Buchanan The Bulldogs
Kanika Rogers The Bulldogs
Brenia Sherrod The Bulldogs
Tashara Simpson The Bulldogs
Tashara Ticeson The Bulldogs
Samantha Tinned The Bulldogs
Jessica Tinned The Bulldogs
Quanitta Underwood The Bulldogs
Laura Washington The Bulldogs
Robyn Williams The Bulldogs
Chanieka Williams The Bulldogs

Technical Credits
Ward Serrill Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer
Angel Score Composer
Bad Animals Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Estes Executive Producer
Eric Frith Editor
Lois Greenberg Associate Producer
David Howe Sound Mixer
Sue Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Liz Manne Producer
Mike McAuliffe Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Palacios Associate Producer
Amelia Stodghill Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Heart of the Game
1. Opening Credits/Coach Resler [4:26]
2. "The Inner Circle" [5:59]
3. "Undefeated Rough Riders" [5:37]
4. Darnellia Russell [5:47]
5. Inspiration From Maude [3:40]
6. "Robo Devon" [5:57]
7. Coach Joyce Walker [3:32]
8. Darnellia Hopes for the Future [6:14]
9. "A Pride of Lions" [11:02]
10. Garfield-Roosevelt Rivalry [5:25]
11. Going to the State Championships [2:33]
12. Darnellia's Academic Woes [4:33]
13. The WIAA [8:29]
14. "Last Chance to State" [4:34]
15. The Championship Game [16:53]
16. End Credits [2:43]

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