Friday, October 21, 2011

The Mighty Macs Come To Town

The Mighty Macs is a movie based on the true story of Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino), who in 1971 became coach of a failing basketball team at the all-female and all-Catholic Immaculata College, a school run to this day by the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Naturally, the team has an established reputation for losing every game, and the administration is not much help, given not only the dire financial straits of the college, but in refusing to take any notion of serious competition -- well, seriously. That all changes, of course, when Coach Cathy gets help from the most unlikely of places. (I'm thinking of Ingrid Bergman in The Bells of St Mary's in 1944. You'll find out why soon enough ...)

There's all the usual locker-room-pep-talk schtick, along with a reminder of just how ridiculous girls' gymnastic outfits looked back then (and I thought they had it bad at my old high school), not to mention the deplorable state of home furnishings in the early 1970s. It opens TODAY at (ostensibly) a theater near you.

It's also rated G. What could go wrong?

We here at mwbh will continue through the weekend, to show additional clips from the movie, as well as video and other material from the real team behind the story. Stay tuned ...

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NOTA BENE: Since the period depicted in the film, Immaculata became a university in 2002, and co-educational in 2005.

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