The Heart of the Game

Release date:June 9, 2006
(NY, LA; limited release: June 16; wider release: July 7)

Studio:Miramax Films

Director:Ward Serrill

MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for brief strong language)


Starring:Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (narrator), Bill Resler, Darnellia Russell, Joyce Walker


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Plot Summary:

When Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill met Bill Resler, a college tax professor who moonlights asa girls' basketball coach, he didn't realize that he was about to embark on an incredible seven-year journey. Serrill, camera in hand, followed Resler – who looks more like Santa Claus in Birkenstocks than a whistle-blasting high school coach – into the Roosevelt High School gymand soon discovered a group of girls whose unbridled toughness, passion and energy he came to call "The Heart of the Game." Then, one day, onto the Roughriders' court (and into the film) walked Darnellia (dar-NEE-lee-uh) Russell – a tough, inner-city girl whose off-court struggles would eventually threaten to crash the star athlete's plans to play college ball and be the first person in her family to get a college education. At the center of "The Heart of the Game" is Darnellia's unforgettable true story – the loss of her eligibility and her legal battle to get back on court to play the game that means everything to her. With Coach Resler, her team and her family standing by her side, she takes on enormous personal obstacles as well as theruling body of high school sports in Washington State.