Plus I met Robert the Director on several occasions during the festival and he's such a nice and heartwarming guy, I wish him much success Hey Robert, I'm the one who drove you to the Casino Night from the Amangani ;-. He is often at a loss to deal with their play and their reactions to his coaching. Along their way, Driscoll and the girls overcome several obstacles, most of all, gaining a fan base. Driscoll immediately finds himself in conflict with the head of the school board, Ellis Brawley, who is also the great-great grandson of the town's founder, the owner of the bank, and the most influential man in the town. With his future uncertain, Driscoll begins his task of coaching the girls' team with little understanding of his players. .
The film stars , , and. The film was shot in various locations in. I highly, highly, recommend this movie. Running time 131 minutes Country United States Language English Believe in Me is a 2006 American drama film directed by Robert Collector. The biggest problem is that apart from one of the team's girl, virtually no work was made into fleshing a few of them or giving them some background. The girls' team is more akin to a gym class than a basketball program.
Since defenders made long passes to move the ball upcourt to the offensive team, the speed from end to end was actually faster than the boys' game!! Of course, the Lady Cyclones are up to the task of proving Brawley wrong. Driven by their caring young coach, the girls determine to play as hard as the boys, even. Along their way, Driscoll and the girls overcome several obstacles, most of all, gaining a fan base. The game scenes aren't particularly good either. Trailer for Believe In Me. He's totally against it but he has no choice, while he gains the respect and support of the girls, the town folks take a dislike for him because of his methods and because in their mind a girls team is not worth of interest. The girls accept what he asks of them, and they become committed to working hard to be as good as they can be.
Bruce Dern did his role so well, you really despised him. The thought of coaching them seems preposterous to Clay Driscoll earnest newcomer Jeffrey Donovan , who travels to Middleton, Okla. Had the film's auteur truly appreciated the game that the heroines of the film actually played in the sixties, he may have created an even more exciting film, with less forced editing to simulate speed and grace. I have been encouraging my colleagues and all my students to rent it. But that position is filled, so he's forced to coach the girls' team -- the Lady Cyclones.
The following year his team shows a marked improvement, and they become a tough team to beat. I know, I know, you don't believe me. The superintendent did not ask Brawley about the hire, and now is off recovering from a medical condition. The film focuses on the character of the coach of a girls' basketball team in a small town in western Oklahoma during his first years at the school in 1964-66. Driscoll and Jean fight the system and work to heal a wound in their own marriage.
Early 1960s is in the midst of a drought, and the school and town are facing economic distress. Last accessed: February 10, 2010. I was disappointed to see that the girls in the film played the full-court five-on-five game, which is slower, messier, and lower-scoring than the half-court game we played. I hope they will find a good distributor for this movie; this would be the feel-good movie of the year. Meanwhile, big man in town Ellis Brawley Bruce Dern can't stand Driscoll and his newfangled idea of empowering female athletes.
Faced with an under-performing crew of untrained players, the coach begins to treat the girls like boys. The novel is about Keith's real life nephew, Jim Keith. Saying he only knows how to coach one way, he addresses his girls with the same discipline and determination he would with a boys' team, but is bewildered at times by their rigid interpretation of his direction. Carefully -- perhaps too much so -- crafted by writer-director Robert Collector as a tale of overcoming tall odds, pic will send out minor ripples in a large ocean of similar midrange indie projects and will have a hard time scoring in any commercial niche. But that position is filled, so he's forced to coach the girls' team -- the Lady Cyclones. The screenplay is an adaptation of a novel written for juveniles, Brief Garland, by Harold Keith, which was first published in 1974. The protagonist is not particularly compelling and the antagonist is pretty ridiculous in its twirling moustache villainous ways.
Brawley has hired another man to coach the schools' boys' basketball team, and has relegated newcomer Driscoll to the unenviable job of coaching the girls' team. With the support, encouragement and insight of his wife Jean, he is able to understand the girls he is coaching and reach them. He arrives to coach the boys team, but is maneuvered into the coaching job for the girls. Unbeknownst to Driscoll, his drive and commitment to win is infectious. The girls and the coach eventually earn each other's trust, and despite the opposition of the conservative town, learn how to play to win. Set in Oklahoma in the mid-60's, Believe in Me is the story of a young man whose dreams of coaching boys high school basketball are derailed when the school board assigns him to the girls' basketball team instead. I did not feel that I was watching actors, but actual people.