The Mighty Macs

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The Mighty Macs
Mighty macs film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTim Chambers
Produced byTim Chambers
Screenplay by
Story byAnthony Gargano
Music byWilliam Ross
Edited byM. Scott Smith
Distributed byFreestyle Releasing
Release date
  • October 17, 2009 (2009-10-17) (Heartland)
  • October 21, 2011 (October 21, 2011) (United States)[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million[2]
Box office$1,891,936[2]

The Mighty Macs is a 2009 American film by director Tim Chambers. It stars Carla Gugino in the lead role of Cathy Rush, a Hall of Fame women's basketball coach; the film premiered in the 2009 Heartland Film Festival and was released theatrically in the United States on October 21, 2011 through indie film label Freestyle Releasing.


In 1971, Cathy Rush, a woman ahead of her time, takes a job as the head women's basketball coach at Immaculata College. Rush faces a challenge of trying to compete against perennial powerhouses. Seven members of the 1972 Immaculata championship team appear as nuns in a church scene.[3]



The film was filmed in 2007, but not released until 2011 due to the difficulties of finding a distributor;[4] the director, Tim Chambers, had a potential distribution deal with Disney, but turned it down because Disney wanted to add coarse language to earn PG rating, but Chambers preferred to go for a G rating.[5] Chambers worked out a deal with Freestyle Releasing, and the movie opened four years after completing the filming.

Some scenes were shot at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Some scenes were shot at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.


The Mighty Macs received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 46%, based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's consensus reads, "Its heart is obviously in the right place, but The Mighty Macs is too blandly formulaic to transcend the genre's many clichés."[6] On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 49 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]


  1. ^ "Women's games to raise breast-cancer awareness".
  2. ^ a b The Mighty Macs at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Grentz thrilled with NCAAs in Trenton".
  4. ^ "Local filmmaker tells of 'Defining moment' in making of 'Mighty Macs' movie". The Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  5. ^ Dunkle, David. "Lancaster County native fights cancer while filming 'The Mighty Macs'". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  6. ^ "The Mighty Macs (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  7. ^ "The Mighty Macs Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 4, 2014.

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