He also owns the bank that holds mortgages on most of the homesteads in town. Along their way, Driscoll and the girls overcome several obstacles, most of all, gaining a fan base. This movie not only did not take into account the half court 3 on 3 rules of the sixties but also the hair and costuming was more of the 50's than the 60's. The girls are pleasant enough as a group, but none steps out of the background long enough to make herself a compelling individual. The storyline is very simple: in the 60's a young basketball coach moves to small town Oklahoma to coach the male team of the local high school but he's rerouted instead to the female team. You will have a pleasant surprise about the winning shot in the movie.
I didn't go to the theater with high hopes, however, so it was easy to meet my expectations. The screenplay is an adaptation of a novel written for juveniles, Brief Garland, by Harold Keith, which was first published in 1974. By playing with fewer players, the court was less crowded, and girls had more freedom to drive to the basket. I visited with the actual coach of this team and he unsuccessfully fought to keep the six-on-six style of play in the movie. We have heard so many positive comments about it already. It is well done and powerful. With his future uncertain, Driscoll begins his task of coaching the girls' team with little understanding of his players.
They are challenged at every step by a dismissive school board and the ever-present 1960's small-town attitude that girls just shouldn't be playing competitive sports. To his dismay he ends up coaching the girl's team, the Lady Cyclones. The film is based on the novel Brief Garland by. I really enjoyed seeing this movie about a man I am acquainted with. It especially hits home for teachers, who are of course, coaches, but also those classroom teachers who have the same relational interactions as coaches like choir teachers me , band directors, and the like. The fact that many parts of this are true increases the value of the film. When I first heard about this movie what intrigued me most was that it was about a legendary basketball coach from Oklahoma.
With the first year behind him and an offer to assist a boys' team at another school, Clay decides to stay on and coach the Lady Cyclones. He is often at a loss to deal with their play and their reactions to his coaching. At first I thought it might be a Hoosier's formula movie, but after watching it for the first time, I realized that it stood on its own merits as a great story about dedication, trust, and how believing in yourself and having someone else believe in you can transform lives to inspirational levels. The thought of coaching them seems preposterous to Clay Driscoll earnest newcomer Jeffrey Donovan , who travels to Middleton, Okla. In the 1960s, Clay Driscoll Jeffrey Donovan and his wife Jean Samantha Mathis move from Muskogee County in eastern Oklahoma to a small farming town suffering a drought in western Oklahoma. This is a film that we can highly recommend for all ages, as it is based upon factual events, exciting and at times riveting in its action. I cried with a sense of triumph during this movie and took a shine to Clay's wife, who encouraged and supported her husband throughout all the trials of the journey with his team.
I know, I know, you don't believe me. I have been encouraging my colleagues and all my students to rent it. Bruce Dern is stuck playing what is probably the most one-dimensional character in the movie - the grumpy town leader who does everything in his power to undercut Coach Driscoll's efforts on behalf of his team. 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. The movie is full of action, yet tasteful enough that you can show it to young people. Slash, Duff, Matt Sorum, all make appearances.
The film was shot in various locations in. But that position is filled, so he's forced to coach the girls' team -- the Lady Cyclones. And,the plot gets resolved so close to the ending that you still haven't processed it, and the credits are rolling! 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. The following year his team shows a marked improvement, and they become a tough team to beat. Last accessed: February 10, 2010.
I was an un-credited extra in this movie, and although I was not in the movie for professional reasons more to cure boredom I was extremely disappointed. 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. I waited until my husband was out of town to watch this, because I didn't think he'd be into it. You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. This was not worth my time to be in it let alone watching it, those are moments of my life I'm not planning on wasting again.
You could get it on his website. Early 1960s is in the midst of a drought, and the school and town are facing economic distress. The story line, the actors and directing are clearly professional and worthy of much credit for the job they did. Domestic Video Distributor, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. Also in the cast: Brandi Engel, Kristin Brye, Bob Gunton, Anne Judson-Yager and Heather Matarazzo.