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BELIEVE IN ME: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Coach Clay Briscoll (Jeffrey Donovan) is a small town basketball coach whose life is not going to plan. He and his wife Jean (Samantha Mathis) are trying to make the best of their lives, but he has a team he doesn't want, a town that doesn't support girl's sports and small town politics that threatens to undermine any chance he has of winning. His pride and his 'girls' (The Lady Cyclones) refuse to let him quit.

Review by Louise Keller:
An engaging story about winning, this uplifting story about a basketball coach who overcomes the odds by coaching a team of girls in 60s Western Oklahoma, may be formulaic, but has enough heart to be a winner. 'People are capable of anything if you have the will,' says Jeffrey Donovan's coach Clay Briscoll and shows how he can inspire not only his team, but a school and a community with his enthusiasm and belief.

When Clay and his wife Jean (Samantha Mathis) arrive in the small drought-stricken town of Middleton to set up their first home, she says 'I think it's going to be lucky here.' However there's a bumpy beginning for Clay, who is contracted to teach history and basketball, but things go wrong when he is sidelined to coach a team of giggling girls who weep at the first provocation. Clay clashes with Bruce Dern's arrogant Ellis Brawley, who is used to having his own way. It is only when Jean makes Clay realise that the girls need 'a little more rock 'n roll' and to be given permission to be who they are, that he starts to make a success of things. Suddenly, the girls give Clay more inspiration than he could ever have imagined and the feeling is reciprocal, as the Lady Cyclones head for success after success in the school basketball calendar.

There's an endearing side plot about the relationship between two students (Alicia Lagano and Arron Shiver) and we become involved in the personal dilemma that Clay and his wife face together. The trick is how to find a way to win - in all matters, and with great determination, Clay finds that way. 'History teaches us there's no measure in the human heart,' says Clay, which sums up this heartwarming and likeable film that reminds us that anything is possible.

Published March 19, 2009

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

BELIEVE IN ME: DVD (M)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, Bruce Dern, Bob Gunton, Alicia Lagano

PRODUCER: Caldecot Chubb, John Bard Manulis

DIRECTOR: Robert Collector

SCRIPT: Robert Collector (based on book Brief Garland by Harold Keith)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: James L. Carter

EDITOR: Anthony Redman

MUSIC: David Torn

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mark Worthington

RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9

SPECIAL FEATURES: None

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Icon Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: January 21, 2009







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